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The Lake Balaton is the largest fresh-water lake in Central Europe. The lake is quite shallow, especially in the southern part that is advantageous for families with little children, because the water is warm and not dangerous. The lake is a popular site for water sports. It is worth visiting many of the villages round the lake or just having a fishmeal in one of the numerous restaurants.

Lake Balaton in Hungary

The first village we have to mention is Tihany -  situated upon a hill, on the Tihany Peninsula. It offers a beautiful panorama of the whole lake and the surrounding hills. The medieval abbey was founded by our first king, St. Stephen in the 11th century. Balatonfüred is near Tihany, on the north shore. A lot of popular yachting competitions are organised here every year. There are some very nice houses in the town like the famous round church and a pavilion where you can taste medicinal water. Near the lake you can visit the famous Porcelain Manufactory and Museum of Herend and the queens' town, Veszprém with its nice castle and downtown.

Full-day excursion:
The clients travel from Budapest to Szántód and cross the lake by ferry. They visit the 11 th -century abbey and the picturesque village of Tihany, on the small peninsula of the lake. They have lunch in a "csárda" (a typical menu, coffee, mineral water, wine and gypsy music included). After lunch visiting the famous Porcelain Manufactury and Museum of Herend or the town of Veszprém (it used to be the town of queens in the Middle Ages).

In the hills of the north shore of the lake they have been producing wine for about two thousand years, so the best program in autumn (in September or October) is to take part in a vintage.