The region is internationally known for its popular hot water thermal lake and baths in all seasons, and for its Balaton beach festivals. But it has more to offer. The numerous baroque castles and the ruins of several fortresses lead us back to the historical past. Kids don't get bored either, slides, adventure parks and bike rides are fun for adults and kids alike. Nature lovers will find a home in the woods, and by strolling through the Zala hills they can discover a rich and diverse fauna and flora. There is a Zen atmosphere in the air, a yoga center is the next door, and the stupa and meditation center of Zalaszántó are just a jump. Volcanic soil and the sub-Mediterranean climate make the cultivation of grape possible, Hungary is a wine region. Discover the programs or ask and we'll help you...
0-4 km - Vindornyalak and Zalaszántó villages
Vindornyalak and Zalaszántó are 3 km from each other, which are connected by a mountain projection from the north, and by a more than 500 000 apple orchards along a road from east to west. In Vindornyalak, the Hertelendy mansion (today the municipal building) and the church next to it adorn the image of the village, and a "1000-year-old" black poplar tree to the south on the Vindornya marsh (one of the largest trees in Hungary). The Hertelendy mansion has a large hall for conferences, meetings and courses, and the village has accommodation for about 20 people. Zalaszántó is also rich in attractions: St. Donat's Chapel on the hill, Roman Catholic Parish Church, Kotsy Watermill, a buddhist stupa with meditation center (buddhist temple)... and last but not least, the National Blue Hiking Trail in the Balaton Uplands National Park around the two villages.
6 km - Zalaszántó - Stupa and meditation center/buddhist temple
The Zalaszántó Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in Europe, was built on the top of the Kovácsi Hill in the middle of a forest clearing in 1992 and today only this shrine contains an original Buddha relic on this continent. The building is 30 meters high and 24 meters wide. Bop Jon (originally known as Gin Suu Lí), a South Korean buddhist monk had the idea of its built, and the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso himself inaugurated it on June 17, 1993. Alongside the stupa, the Milarepa Meditation Center, a pagoda-like building which serves for a buddhist temple, was opened in 2014 and is also free to visit. It is about 4 km hiking distance from the guesthouse through field and forest, 5 km by car.
7 km - The ruins of Rezi and Tátika fortresses
Rezi Castle is located on the 448 m high dolomite ridge of the Meleg Hill. The castle was probably built after the Tartar invasion (13th century) under the reign of Charles Robert. The castle can be seen from our garden and it is 7 km from the guesthouse by foot (you can also go by car up to 6 km). Take care, the final section is steep. If you want to go all the way by car, drive is about 12 km as you have to make a detour from Rezi. It is only recommended in dry weather, but the last 4 km is a dirt road where your car is guaranteed to be dusty.
Presumably before the Tartar invasion, it means that before 1241, another castle has existed called Lower Tatika castle on one of the steep slopes of the Castle Hill, which its owner, Archduke Zlaudus did not consider safe enough, so he erected a new stone castle at the top of the same hill. The under reconstruction Tatika Castle stands on one of the peaks of the Keszthely Hills, on 413 meters high. The castle is 7 km from the guesthouse by foot, and from this distance, you can also drive to the parking lot next to the main road, which is 6 km.
15 km - Hévíz's warm thermal lake
Hévíz is located in Zala County, 5 km from Lake Balaton. Known for its natural lake, which is a volcanic afterlife, fed by hot and cold springs. It is the world's largest natural, biologically active, hot water lake and has a curative effect on rheumatic and motor musculoskeletal disorders. The lake is 14 km from Fekete Kutya.
16 km - Sümeg and its castle
In the castle, with the redeemed ticket you can visit: lift bridge at the inner gate tower, infantries room, prison exhibition, bishop's reception and council room, bishop's bedroom, castle chapel, barn shop, blacksmith's shop, spice and rose gardens, bakery with Hungarian specilities (kürtös kalacs), medieval kitchen - pantry, castle mockup, stone storage, projection room with films, cannons, guns, archery, children's toys in the courtyard, gift shop, wine bar. In addition to these, the castle also includes the Historical Adventure Park, the Castle Restaurant, the stables and riding school, the petting zoo, the Great Knight Hall and the Knight Arena. Events every year: Historical Riding Games - Medieval Feasts. Other attractions: Bishop's Palace, the birthplace of the Hungarian poet Sándor Kisfaludy, the late Baroque Sümegi Parish Church, the Franciscan Church, built in 1653 in the Baroque style, and several museums.
17 km - Keszthely - Festetics baroque palace
Construction of the Baroque-style Festetics Palace dates back to the mid-18th century, but it did not reach its final form until after a major rebuild and expansion in the 1880s. The sight hosts several cultural events each year. It has its own congress center and theater. 17 km from the guesthouse.
21 km - Kehidakustány - aquapark & thermal bath
Kehidakustány is 9 km from Hévíz in the Zala Valley. Has 13 pools: Indoor spa and indoor adventure pool with rolling pool section and special 94m long slide, outdoor openair adventure pool linked to indoor adventure pool, reed roof bath, wave bath, large cold pool, octagonal pool, large children's pool, , 8 m deep swimming pool, 1.5 m deep learning pool. Water temperature in the pools: 28-38 C. 21 km from our accommodation.
21-32 km - Balaton beaches
Gyenesdiás mainly offers children-friendly beaches full of activities (Lidó beach 21 km, Amusement beach 22 km), while Balatonberény has a more traditional beach (32 km) and a naturist beach (31 km). The dog beach (21 km) in Keszthely is more in the natural surroundings.
23 km - Tapolca - Lake Cave
In January 2015, through an EU grant, a new facility was added to the diverse tourist offer of the Balaton Uplands National Park. Above the already open and boating lake cave, a visitor center has opened its doors, which together with the cave forms a tourist complex. An exhibition of the wonderful world of the karst regions is located in the entrance hall. The special interests of 10 halls guide us to the world of mysterious caves. A crawling cave is waiting for the children, while the adults' perceptive ability is being tested by a "stone touch". Prehistoric paintings give you a glimpse into the wildlife of past eras. With the help of 3D photos and film, we are on our own underground exploration. Rooms, attractions: stalactite hall, diving hall, bat hall, geopark hall, archaeological hall, ancient karstic hall, 3D projection hall, boating, playground, climbing wall. 23 km from the guesthouse.
26 km - Szigliget and its fortress
One of the most visited and well-known castles in Hungary, Szigliget Castle, on the northern shore of Lake Balaton, has a 750-year history. Wherever we approach Szigliget, the old castle opens up before us. Szigliget Castle is one of the few castles that never carried the Ottoman sovereign badges on its towers in Turkish times. Its brave soldiers have maintained their independence for 150 years. Only the Habsburg hate destroyed it, blasting its walls. A trip, a hearty walk for the beautiful panorama, a light summer concert ... and many more things are waiting for the visitors. 26 km from the guest house.
27 km - Szent György Hill
Szent György Hill (Saint George) is one of the characteristic witness mountains of the Balaton highlands, with huge basalt columns on its side. It is located in the middle of The Tapolcai basin. The bedrock of the mountain comes from the sediments of the Pannonian Sea, on which layers of basalt and basalt tuff were deposited 3-4 million years ago by a series of volcanic eruptions. When the surrounding Pannonian sediments were destroyed, the area protected by the basalt cap stood out from its surroundings, the height of which thus bears witness to the former surface. The route of the National Blue Tour trekking path also goes this way. Its attractions are the Basalt Pillars and the Stone Gate, the Sárkány-lik (also known as the Dragon's Cave), Károly Kaán Tourist House, Tarányi Press House, Polish Chapel, Lion's Head Fountain, etc.
30 km - Badacsony Hill wine region
Badacsony is the highest witness mountain of the Tapolcai basin, which rises on the northern shore of Lake Balaton next to Badacsonytomaj. The roughly circular mountain has a circumference of 11 km. Its sides are covered with various loose sediments up to a height of 280 meters - excellent for growing grapes - and gray basalt rocks and stone streams emerge from the thick of the forest. From the mountain, the panoramic view of Fonyód on the southern shore of Lake Balaton and the Tapolcai basin to the north is magnificiant. In addition, its traditional wine region and the proximity of the shore of Lake Balaton increase its touristic significance. The line of the National Blue Tour trekking path passes through the mountain.
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