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TopRail experiences: Connecting the world through extraordinary rail journeys – Lake Balaton

August proposal: Explore the beauty of Lake Balaton with MÁV-START

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Nestled in the heart of Hungary, Lake Balaton is often referred to as the “Hungarian Sea” due to its vast size and popularity among locals and tourists alike. With its stunning shores and a range of resort towns, Lake Balaton offers a unique and captivating experience for visitors. Whether you’re seeking vibrant nightlife, serene landscapes or historical treasures, the train connections to Lake Balaton provide convenient access to the region’s diverse attractions.

On the south shore of Lake Balaton, you’ll discover a vibrant chain of resort towns that cater to a variety of interests. Siófok, fondly known as the “Party Capital of Hungary”, and Balaton Sound in Zamárdi beckon young partygoers with their energetic atmosphere and lively summer scene. The towns’ bustling nightlife and animated entertainment options make them a hotspot for those seeking fun and excitement. Additionally, Fonyód serves as a gateway to the north shore, offering ferry services to Badacsony, a renowned wine region that tantalises visitors with its exquisite vineyards and scenic beauty.

For a unique and picturesque journey, both tourists and locals can embark on the narrow-gauge railway located in Balatonfenyves, situated in the southern part of Lake Balaton. This charming heritage train transports passengers on a delightful 14 km route, allowing them to marvel at the stunning landscapes that surround them as they travel from Balatonfenyves to Somogyszentpál. The journey showcases the natural beauty of the land, creating a truly enchanting experience.

On the north shore of Lake Balaton, a different ambiance awaits. The cooler and deeper waters of the north shore attract visitors seeking tranquillity and breath-taking vistas. The hilly landscape provides a backdrop of scenic beauty, while the region boasts excellent wineries that entice wine enthusiasts from around the world. Keszthely, a notable destination on the north shore, captivates visitors with its magnificent Baroque-style Festetics Castle, offering a glimpse into Hungary’s rich history. Balatonfüred, a historical bathing town, invites visitors to relax and rejuvenate; while the Tihany Peninsula showcases a unique landscape and is home to a wine region and the majestic Benedictine Abbey. Finally, Hévíz offers a haven of spa and wellness experiences, providing an opportunity for ultimate relaxation and restoration.

Travelling by train to Lake Balaton enables you to immerse yourself in the region’s beauty and cultural heritage. Whether you seek vibrant entertainment, serene landscapes, historical sites or exceptional wine-tasting experiences, Lake Balaton has something to offer everyone. Explore the enchanting towns, indulge in local delicacies and unwind in the natural splendour of this beloved Hungarian destination. Let the trains be your gateway to the wonders of Lake Balaton, where unforgettable experiences and cherished memories await.

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