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Explore Lake Balaton – the BADACSONY wine region

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Badacsony is a real gem on the north shore of Lake Balaton. If you need an escape from the everyday life and just want to relax or clear your mind out a bit, this place is the perfect choice for that. The surrounding basalt mountains offer a great hiking opportunity. No matter which one you’ll choose to get on the top, the view from there will surely leave you speechless. Every one of them is a great vantage point to observe all the green, tended vineyards this region is famous for. On the hilltop, you can catch your breath while keeping tabs on the sailing boats on their voyage through the lake.

The best thing is that if you get closer to all of this magic, it won’t disappear. The water is lukewarm and clear, the wine from the cellars are savory and definitely worth a try. 

 

Balaton has a thousand faces, but for me, Badacsony is one of the most beautiful ones. Even though the guidebooks only mention it in a footnote, there are many things to explore and amaze there. The panoramic view from the Kisfaludy look-out tower, the narrow winding trail between the whinstone gates in the volcano valley, interesting rock formations, like the rose stone. According to the legend, if a couple sits on it, with the lake behind their back, they will marry each other later that year. 🙂

If I raised your interest, here comes a few suggestions where to rest & chill after an adventurous day on the witness hill.

#PLÁNE BADACSONY

Pláne Badacsony is a great place for a start if you want to get familiar with all the types of wines this region offer. They hold bottles only from this area, but believe me, among them everybody can find something for his taste. It’s like wandering around and discovering all the wineries while you are actually sitting in a cozy corner. Besides a  glass of wine, you can have savoury snacks and paste (suggested) from local raisers. During the day the big open-air terrace is perfect for chilling, and at night, with all the colorful Chinese lantern it has a stirring, lovely atmosphere. Moreover, this bar is dog-friendly so nothing stops you to enjoy a lazy afternoon with your friends & furry buddies.

 

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#LAPOSA WINERY AND TERRACE

The Laposa family has a long-standing winemaking history in this region. Their terrace was built on the hillside, which means it overlooks the lake and the vineyards – it goes without saying the view from there is breathtakingly amazing. You can’t miss watching a sunset while sipping a glass of wine and tasting a ham and cheese platter with a freshly baked baguette. If you can’t choose from among all the quality wines this place offer, ask the waiters for a short introduction. They are kind and always ready to help you find the perfect match for your taste. If you are interested in taking a local specialty, try an Olaszrizling.

 

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#VILLA PÁTZAY

Villa Patzay is a perfect place to relax, far from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The surrounding vineyards and the beautiful view of Lake Balaton make it the best choice if you want to have some rest in a peaceful environment. The soft jazz music and the sweating room with the jacuzzi just make it even more enjoyable. There are only 10 rooms for guests, so you won’t be disturbed by the crowd. The rooms are spacious and clean, and the personnel is helpful and nice. They really seem motivated to make you feel at home. If you spent enough time with recreation, go for a hike on the nearby mountain. The path from the Villa’s entrance will lead you right to the top, from where you have a panoramic view of the whole region.

 

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#GILVESY WINERY

The Gilvesy winery looks like a living fairytale. With its beautiful garden and the spectacular panorama, it is a real casket among the basaltic mountains of Badacsony. The whole procedure, from planting grapevines till the exportation of the vin ordinaire is heeded by the producer himself. If you want to taste fine white wines, eat delicious bites, and being entertained by live music, visit the bohemian festival. It’s a one night fun which they hold every summer in this breathtaking property. Believe me, it is an occasion you don’t want to miss! 🙂 

 

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18 Comments

  1. KetKetki ki says:

    What a luxurious experience.. There’s something about wine tasting that i find super fascinating. Your photos are gorgeous.

    • travelised says:

      Yeah, I agree – and in this beautiful environment, it was even more special 🙂 Thank you!

  2. A beautiful place, a good experience and a good wine… Looks like you had a great time!
    The photos are so amazing and describe well the situation 🙂

  3. Natalie says:

    What beautiful views! My goodness! I could enjoy sipping and relaxing with such beauty all around. Great spots to get away from it all!

    • travelised says:

      Right? Surrounded by nature, watching a sunset from one of the terraces on the hill while sipping a glass of wine… That’s what I call leisure 🙂

  4. This place looks beautiful, great photos. If only I could figure out where Badacsony is. Might be nice to mention that in the title.

    • travelised says:

      Thank you, Priya! I mention Lake Balaton – but I will be more precise next time – it is the biggest lake in Hungary and in Central Europe as well. Badacsony lays on the northern shore of the Lake. 🙂

  5. Followingtherivera says:

    I love your photos, I feel like I’m there myself! These places are all new to me, and I’d love to see it for myself. I also like the sound and look of that villa, it seems so peaceful and with lovely views too.

    • travelised says:

      Thanks, that is so nice to hear! 🙂 It is worth to see in person one day if you are around Hungary. We have picturesque countryside beside our beautiful capital, Budapest. Villa Pátzay was indeed so serene, that’s what I liked the most!

  6. Resfeber says:

    Guys, the BADACSONY looks amazing. The wine, the countryside and wow @ that platter! Lol. Nice post guys. Ian @ Resfeber

    • travelised says:

      Thanks, Ian glad to hear you liked it! The platter was so delicious, it was a pity that we couldn’t eat all of it, it was so huge 😀

  7. daniele says:

    I love to combine natural trip with food. The symbiosis here is so perfect. The shots are heavenly captured too, well done 🙂

    • travelised says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Daniele! 🙂 I agree, there is nothing better than a huge ham and cheese platter after a day-long hike 😀

  8. Noel says:

    The Philippines is not big on wines (we are more on beer and hard liquors.). Wines are usually found during intimate occasions such as weddings and other formal gatherings. This is why I usually get interested in travel posts featuring wine countries. I’d like to one day visit a popular wine region and experience wine tasting. This is one lovely post.

    • travelised says:

      Thank you, Noel! It is interesting to hear because in Hungary we have a tradition to drink all three – beer, wine, and hard liquors – within the confines of different occasions. We have fröccs which is basically wine combined with sparkling water and we consume it as regularly as we drink beer.
      Well, I can suggest a Hungarian wine tasting wholeheartedly – my foreigner friends usually get very excited after trying, since they would not expect it to be such good. 🙂

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