Keszthely, the splendid Hungarian city situated on Lake Balaton’s shore radiates exuberance, tranquility and carefree laziness with aplomb. Termed as a cyclist’s paradise, this mesmerizing city is enriched with plenty of history. Besides offering an array of interests, the city has on display Arcadian charms, castles and unusual geological phenomena. The modern history of Keszthely dates back over 760 years, this seemingly one-horse town inhabits 21,000 people. The serene town scape offers a myriad of interests such as hiking trails in Keszthely hills, bird watching, water sports, gastronomy, winery visits and biking to name a few. Known as the second biggest town of the Balaton region, Keszthely is deeply enchanting and affords a serene vista which echoes in silence of the times long gone. The city’s archaeological and ethnographic richness can be seen in the Balaton Museum. Keszthely is one of those rare and beautiful places where you might end up wanting to extend your stay. Here are some interesting and thrilling tourist delights placed on the menu card of this city!
1. Balaton Lake
Keszthely’s star attraction is the ineffably placid 77 km long Balaton Lake which is the largest in Central Europe. The lake is popular with families and swimmers. The northern half of the lake is deep which is preferable by the swimmers. The southern half being extremely shallow welcomes bathers of all ages. The average water temperature in summers remains to a comfortable 24 degree Celsius. Balaton is popular with people across all nations who love adventure. Even kids can enjoy here without any risk to life. One of the foremost tourist destinations of Central Europe, Lake Balaton contributes a lot to the state’s treasury. Moreover, the water and mud of the lake are excellent remedies for various health disorders. Keszthely is the oldest settlement of Lake Balaton. Various inns and resorts welcome guests from different parts of the world. Lake Balaton is the spot where Hungary’s youth come out to play water sports. Volleyball, Bungee jumping, sailing, windsurfing, etc are the major attractions.
2. Cycle Tracks
Considered as a cyclist’s paradise, Keszthely contains its own charm when it comes to biking holidays. It is exceedingly popular in Hungary for bicycle tourism. The 200 km of cycle tracks encourage pollution free access, connecting all villages around the lake. The calm, serene winds touching one’s face during a bike ride lend tranquility to the inner soul. A sense of purification, ecstasy and joy prevail over the body.
3. Szigliget Fortress
Dotted with steep pathways, cannons, bastions, crumbling stone walls and chapel; The Szigliget Fortress is a historical marvel in itself. The oldest ruins fondly commemorate King Bela IV regarded as Hungary’s “second founder of the kingdom”. Built by Benedictine monks, the fortress changed hands dozens of times in its strenuous 750 year history. Pride of the people, the scene from the Szigliget fortress is enough to make poets of all. Vast stretches of Lake Balaton in all its glory become the cynosure of all eyes. A bucolic landscape unfolds before the eyes. Neat rows of tiled houses and places of worship nestling among trees leave visitors awestruck!
Szepkilato affords one of the most amazing views and is a highly popular lookout spot. The beautiful sight compels the person to gaze at the breathtaking panorama unblinkingly. The serene vista touches one’s soul in a poignant manner. The view of the Balaton River surrounded by hills on either side makes you ponder over nature’s scenic beauty. You will grow fond of this place within a short span of time.
5. Horse Riding Show
A country renowned for its horse riding heritage, Hungary is home to some of the finest breeds of horses which specialize in sports. The Hungarian Warmblood is a sport horse of particular reverence. The Medieval Horse Riding Show at Castle Sumeg has the ability to send shivers down your spine. This colossal castle has long been a witness to Turkish and Austrian invasions and has been rebuilt several times. The indoor arena has been converted into an area for enactment of gallantry and weaponry skills by horsemen clad in medieval costumes. While watching the show, you can relish your taste buds by enjoying the traditional Hungarian brandy.