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1. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

Im wondering how far lake balaton is from budapest, and which is a nice place to visit there?

budapest is my last stop on my 16 day trip, but ive heard that the lake is gorgeous and should go there, but im wondering where, as i dont want to have to go all the way to the bottom of it or something... any nice/cheap towns on the budapest side?

any nightlife there or anything? i really know very little about it!
any help will be appreciated!!

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

Its a 3.5-4 hour bus ride. Not fun.
there is a nightlife, on one side - i think the south. I was only there for the airport tho.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

I was there like over 10 years ago and stayed in some place on the eastern shore. It is the best nighlife spot, but wouldn't go there again these days though. Forgot the name of the place, stared with and S or something.
I remember there were trains between Balaton and Budapest, but they didn't take that long, more like 2 hours or so.

4. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

doesnt sound very promising!
why wouldnt you go there again?

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Quoting jaxstar84

doesnt sound very promising!
why wouldnt you go there again?

I remember the place now, it is Siofok. Well, the place itself is mainly a partying place during the summer months and wasn't very attractive either. A flight above the lake probably was the highlight

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Yep, Balaton is a party and booze place. Your plan is like travelling to Barcelona and considering a trip to Mallorca, specifically Magaluf and Palma. Doesn't mean that Mallorca is not pretty, but the drunken crowds can be rather off-putting.

The Balaton's main features are that it is relatively close to Vienna, has cheap booze, sandy beaches and that its waters get warm pretty fast in summer. The lake is relatively flat, so the sunshine sometimes warms the water in some places up to 28 C.

7. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

aaaaaah ok i get it.... i thought it was really pretty or something, but its just the palce to go for sand and booze lol

ah well maybe ill head down there anyway if i have enough money left :P I can have a boozy night anywhere tho eh..

8. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

yeah cant imagine why people go there. The Hungarians go cuz they dont have a seaside. When i lived in Budapest the city was empty in August (except for Sziget festival). But non Hungarians? why not go to the Medi coast or something.

9. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

yeah well... im going back to australia in october, where most of the population lives on the coast. sooo yeah... well maybe ill give it a miss then!

is it at all worth it if im already pretty close to it??

10. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Well apart from partying Viennese students you also got families and elderly people there. Especially in off-season many older folks go to enjoy the mineral baths close to the western part of the lake. There are some pretty old buildings there from the time of the k.u.k Monarchy and there is a regular Spa culture there. Heviz is famous for its warm springs, making it a popular destination in winter. If you are in the area you could check it out, but otherwise I would not bother. (Who needs to see 60-year-old ladies in swimming suits when you can have 20-year-old students in bikinis? Or their male equivalents? )

[ Edit: Edited on May 20, 2008, at 6:00 AM by t_maia ]