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 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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂