Balaton not only attracts tourists with its stunning beauty, ideal water and colourful programmes, but it also offers a huge variety of sporting facilities.
First and foremost, sailing and regattas must be mentioned, which have a long tradition at Lake Balaton. Nowadays, there is an ever-greater demand for boat charters and sailing races, such as the famous Blue Ribbon regatta, which has more and more participants every year.
If you already have a sailing licence, you can rent a yacht, or you may ask for a captain to accompany you on your adventure. The boats are perfect for spending a holiday with your family, having a birthday or name day party on board, going fishing for the weekend, organising a team building event for your colleagues, or just for getting together with your friends. Yacht harbours around the lake offer numerous leisure facilities: you can pay for wellness treatments but also rent a bike. Should you wish to learn to sail, you’ll find an abundance of sailing courses and classes all around the lake, and you can obtain an internationally-recognised sailing license after passing the exam.
Several clubs await fans of wakeboarding, kite-surfing or windsurfing in the major resorts, but those wishing to take diving lessons can also find a club.
For swimming fanatics, the traditional Balaton Crossing swimming competition is a perfect challenge. The race takes place between Révfülöp and Balatonboglár every year at a distance of 5.2km. The start is at Révfülöp port, and finishes at Platán Beach in Balatonboglár. For those discouraged by the distance of the other shore, we recommend the Cross Bay swimming competition, which is organised regularly between Tihany and Balatonfüred at a distance of 3.6km.
Balaton is not simply a giant 'beach pool', but rather a living expanse of water. Its fish fall to the broad nets of anglers in their small boats and to the rods of locals and visitors waiting patiently on piers or developed areas of the shore. After acquiring your fishing permit, it is possible to fish almost everywhere.
There is no more relaxing way to enjoy the beautiful farmland, woodlands and hilltops of Balaton than on horseback; from gentle off-road hacking through woods, to long-distance riding on the mild slopes of the Balaton Uplands. If you are looking for a more relaxing way of admiring horses, check with the local stables for horse shows, the best known of which is in Szántódpuszta.
Cycling is a real pleasure around Balaton, given the Balaton cycling path that encircles the lake and the ever-growing selection of related services (rental, repair, camping sites). Fans will find events (e.g. Balaton Bike Fest, Kona Cyclist Gathering) where they can test their skills, compete or admire real pros. Bikes may be transported on the ferry and even on scheduled boats, depending on the current amount of traffic.
Bike rental & repair
Tempo 21 Bike Shop and Repair – Balatonfüred
Bike rental, hiking and guided excursions
8230 Balatonfüred, Ady Endre u. 52.
Phone: (+36 87) 480 671
8315 Gyenesdiás, Kossuth L.u.89.
Phone: (+36 83) 510-330, (+36 30) 377-6543
Entertainment - bikes
Balaton Bike Fest
BalaTone Festival - Zánka
Kona Cyclist Meeting
Jóska Sobri Adventure Park – Bakony
Boat/yacht charters with or without captain
8622 Szántód, Nyár u. 14.
Phone: (06-30) 442-0099, (06-30) 319-33-05
Kite-surf & wind-surf
Kiteline Kitesurf és Szörf Iskola (Surf School) - Siófok
Phone: +36 70 453 2416
Szabadi-fürdő track (1000 m)
Phone: (+36-30) 210-9649
Füred Camping Site
Széchenyi u. 24.
Phone: (+36 87) 580-241; (36 87) 343-823
The waterskiing and wakeboard track operates on the Füred Camping beach. The campsite also offers 6-day diving courses to obtain a CMAS certificate.
Daytime leisure at Lake Balaton
Annagora Aquapark – Balatonfüred | Serpa Adventure Park (Serpa kalandpark) - Balatonfűzfő | Balaton bob | Sunshine beach and aquapark (Napfény strand és élményfürdő) – Balatonlelle| Veszprém Zoo (Veszprémi Állatkert - Kittenberger Kálmán Növény- és Vadaspark) | Salföld Manor - Domestic animal farm and exhibition | Fun cruises, excursion boats | Galerius Aquapark and Wellness Center (Galerius Élményfürdő és Wellness Központ) – Siófok | Zamárdi Adventure Park (Zamárdi Kalandpark) | Jóska Sobri Bakony Adventure Park (Sobri Jóska Bakonyi Kalandpark)
Annagora Aquapark – Balatonfüred
Annagora Aquapark is a newly-built water fun theme park which covers a 3.2 hectare area only 500m from the shore. Beside indoor and outdoor pools, rides and slides, a wellness section is also available. Finnish and bio sauna, tepidarium (warm bath), showers and treatments also await visitors seeking recreation.
Address: 8230 Balatonfüred, Fürdő utca 35.
Phone: 06 87 581-430
Serpa Adventure Park (Serpa kalandpark) - Balatonfűzfő
Climbing, high-wire adventure, wall climbing, archery and lots of other fun for children ages 3 and up, but adults can also test their physical fitness here.
Address: 8175 Balatonfűzfő, Uszoda u. 2. (next to Balaton Bobsled, opposite the swimming pool)
Phone: (+36 20) 915-9117
(+36 20) 373-7321
The advantages of Balaton Bobsled lie not only in the fun this ride offers, but also the beautiful environment in a wooded area. While racing down the 800m long track, visitors can enjoy the stunning view over the lake.
Address: 8175 Balatonfűzfő, Uszoda u. 2. (about 500m from the town centre, next to Sherpa Adventure Park, opposite the swimming pool)
Phone: (+36 88) 586 170
Sunshine beach and aquapark (Napfény strand és élményfürdő) – Balatonlelle
In 2006, the beach at Balatonlelle was transformed into a child-friendly sandy beach highly frequented by families with kids ever since. Right next to the beach is an aquapark with lots of fun: slides and pools for children and adults. The water can be heated, so bathing is even possible in bad weather.
Veszprém Zoo (Veszprémi Állatkert - Kittenberger Kálmán Növény- és Vadaspark)
The zoo has undergone a real rejuvenation since 2001: it currently participates in several international programmes aimed at saving endangered species, and boasts an ever-expanding collection. Among its animals, you will find “traditional” zoo animals like lions, tigers, zebras and chimpanzees, but there are also true rarities like the Scimitar Oryx or the Gelada baboon, which in Hungary can only be seen in the Veszprém Zoo. 50 types of mammal species, 35 bird and 25 reptile species live here in a beautiful environment.
Address: Veszprém, Kittenberger u. 17.
Phone: (+36 88)-566-140
Salföld Manor - Domestic animal farm and exhibition
Salföld is a village in the Káli Basin (Káli-medence), in the heart of Balaton Uplands National Park, where significant geological, botanical and folk architectural treasures have been preserved. Several indigenous species are on display at the farm: the urial, also known as the arkars, buffalo, Hungarian grey cattle, poultry, sheepdogs and horses. Medicinal herbs and spices are grown in a small botanical garden. Once there, visitors can see a photo exhibition entitled ‘Romantic Parks’, featuring photo landscapes from the beginning and end of the 20th century.
Horse shows are also part of the manor’s specialties, and visitors may book pony riding, long-distance horse riding or horse-drawn carriage rides.
Horse-shows are also part of the manor’s specialties and visitors may book for pony-riding, long-distance horse riding or horse drawn carriage rides.
Address: 8256 Salföld
Phone: (+36 87) 702 857
Fun cruises, excursion boats
The Balaton Shipping Company (Balatoni Hajózási Zrt.) offers various cruises on its website. There are excursions to the highlights of Balaton, where stunning sights and a wide range of programmes and culinary adventures await visitors. You’ll find excursions to Tihany or Badacsony offering wine tasting, but there are cruises with children’s programmes, too.
Galerius Aquapark and Wellness Center (Galerius Élményfürdő és Wellness Központ) – Siófok
The bathing complex comprises 7 pools with a water surface of 650m2 in total, 5 of which are located in the amusement section of the park.
A wellness centre is part of the complex, where light and aroma therapy, as well as Finnish saunas, warm baths, whirlpools, solarium, massage, salt cave, fitness devices, special showers, vitamin bar and a unique snowfall cabin are all available.
Address: 8600 Siófok-Szabadifürdő, Szent László utca 183.
Zamárdi Adventure Park (Zamárdi Kalandpark)
This beautiful park offers numerous facilities for active guests. Visitors can experience a high-wire forest adventure on giant, tree-bound obstacle courses. Water dodgem cars equipped with huge squirt guns are pure fun, but a climbing wall is also under construction. The park is illuminated and can be visited until late in the evening.
Address: 100m from the Zamárdi-felső railway station
Phone: (+ 36 20) 449 6832
Jóska Sobri Bakony Adventure Park (Sobri Jóska Bakonyi Kalandpark)
Not directly on the shore (being located in Bakony Hills) but still within easy reach, this spectacular adventure park covers 30 hectares. Thrills and spills await you in a beautiful environment with rides such as high-wire adventure, archery, cycling tracks, fishing, horse riding, an obstacle course for cyclists, climbing walls, bowling, an adventure castle, trampolines, volleyball, football, "devil’s draught", rowboats, and much more. Visitors can relax at barbecuing places and at a bar on a small island in the middle of a lake.
Address: 8446 Kislőd, Vashámor
Open: Mo-Fri 10.00-18.00, Sat-Sun 10.00-19.00