Hungarian spirit (pálinka) is living its Renaissance nowadays and gained wide popularity amongst locals and visitors, hence Vilmos Gáspár’s vision…and then the first bottle of Gáspárlat happened. Our guests have the opportunity to get introduced to the story of pálinka, how and why it should be consumed, what it is good for and get a glimpse of the secrets of the distillery methods.
The lookout tower can be found at the border of Balatongyörök, on the 448 m high so-called Boncsostető mountain top. The tower was built in 2014 and opens a magnificent view to most beautiful part of the Balaton Highlands.
This site plays a key role in the survival of the native buffalos as well as in the preservation of their gene pool, also is a popular vistor centre of the species, since it allows a direct connection with the meek animals.
We developped an exhibition showing the flora and fauna of ‘Little-Balaton’, a buffalo historical walking tour with rest stations and vantage points from which the visitors can admire the lanscape through binoculars . Purchase of publications, souvenirs and refreshments are available at the gift shop.
Visit the largest buffalo reserve of Hungary! The story-telling walking trails and an interactive exhibition turns the first encounter with the buffalos into a real experience. A gift shop and a picnic sport are for the visitors convenience.
Open: 1 Nov – 31 March and 1 April – 31 October daily 9am to 7pm
The Castle of Rezi has been standing guard of the 418-meter-high ‘Meleg-hegy’ (Warm Hill) dolomite ridge for centuries. We conquer this beautiful fort during our tour and get to know its rich history as well. We’ll visit the Sikalikja cave, which used to be a hot spring breakout.
Hungarian poet Sándor Kisfaludy got inspired by the ruins of this romantic castle. We’ll reach the top of the hill through a highly protected ancient beech straits offering enchanting views of the beautiful surrounding landscape. We can also get to know the rich history of the castle amongst the ruins.
The Stupa in Zalaszántó is Europe’s biggest and Eastern Europe’s first Buddhist shrine (Stupa).
The shrine is located next to Zalaszántó on Kovácsi Hill, built in 1992 in the middle of a forest glade. The Stupa contains the teachings and relics of Buddha. The statue of Buddha was created in South Korea. The snow-white building 30 m high and 24 m wide. It is a closed structure with no entry and no religious ceremonies, guarded by two monks. The stupa faces southeast, which part of the mountain known as the Park of Human Rights.
The Lake Cave of Tapolca was discovered in 1903 during well-digging and was opened to the public ten years later as the first cave of Hungary with light and electricity, functioning as tourist attraction.
The cave was formed in Sarmatian limestone of the mid-Miocene sub-epoch 12 million years ago. Its rock is made up of limestone and marl layers left behind by sediments of the Sarmatian Sea. The water supply of the Lake Cave comes from two directions which gives an answer to the formation of the passages. Cold karst-water (10°C) arrives to the region of the Tapolca Basin from the south of Bakony. As a result of the post-volcanic activity, water warms up to approximately 30 °C and surges up through the fissures. The volcanoes of the area are already extinct and represent a dominant element of the landscape. The mixing of these two water supplies results in an 20°C water temperature, enabling the water to create the passages. This warm water flows slowly from the dry Hospital Cave on the north towards the springs of Mill Lake.
The outbreaking water flows into the Tapolca Brook through numerous springs, existing since the Ice Age. At the end of the 1900’s the upper section of the brook’s bed was widened by damming. That is the way the Mill Lake itself came to existence and in consequence of the damming the Lake Cave became suitable for boating.
The most prominent and well-known representative of the wildlife of the Lake Cave is Phoxinus phoxinus, a small fish species. The Lake Cave of Tapolca is the second of those barely two dozens of Hungarian caves that were declared protected already in 1942, before the introduction of the over-all protection of caves. It has been strictly protected since 1982.
Balaton uplands is influenced by half-dozen of extinct volcanoes scattered across the Tapolca basin. Badacsony is the godfather of Transdanubian volcanoes; the highest and – because of its proximity to Lake Balaton – the most prominent one.
Its flat, irregular cone topping northwest shore of Lake Balaton is one of the Central European trademarks. Badacsony volcano has 11km long circular base, cap of it is a 1 km diameter wooded plateau. Starting from the lake, elevation gain is only 300m, the easiest routes are inside stroll-up scope, making it frequently visited by people willing to enjoy peculiarly shaped results of the volcanic activity. The entire area is recognized for its wine, with vineyards dating back to Roman times.
This castle was originally built in the mid or late 13th century by Béla IV. of Hungary, where he lived during the Mongolian invasion between 1241-1242. Later, it was presented as a gift to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Veszprém by Stephen V. of Hungary.
In 1552, in response to the capture of Veszprém by the Turks, the castles was rebuilt and fortified to serve as a frontier fortress. In 1713, after the Austrian occupation during Rákóczi’s War for Independence, troops set the castle on fire. During the 20th century, parts of the castle were restored. Since 1989, it has been privately held. It was restored on a large scale, and is now operated as a tourist attraction, providing events and tournaments. It is considered to be Hungary’s most well-preserved fortress.
The thermal water has been used by the Romans, but the use of the unique therapy dates back to 1795. The pace of the bath’s development has accelerated after the turn of the century, the spa complex won its present form between 1904 and 1928.