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Underground boating

The most famous sight of the town of Tapolca is hidden underground and may be explored in an extraordinary fashion. The Tapolca cave lake, unique in Hungary, is not famous for its spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, but the underground boating that it offers.

Under the streets and houses of Tapolca, there is a mysterious system of caves, a small part of which, known as the cave lake, is open to visitors.

The cave was discovered in 1903 during the sinking of a well, and from 1912,
it was open to visitors with
electric lighting installed.
(In 1910, even the Hungarian capital
only had an electricity supply in approximately 17 percent of homes.) Starting in 1938, visitors could also use boats to explore the cave lake.

Some of the 270-metre section open to the public can be accessed on foot. A set of stairs lead down from the new reception building, opened in 2015, to the cave, where we can view a few chambers on foot, but the real adventure begins when we reach the underground lake, where we can row our boats along an exciting, and in places quite narrow 150-metre passage.

In the reception building, an interactive exhibition presents the story of the cave’s discovery, there is a crawling cave for children, while the cinema room shows spectacular 3D films about the formation and the discovery of the cave. The temperature of the cave is a constant 18 degrees Celsius all year round.

Photos: MTI/Lajos Nagy
Further information: bfnp.hu

A Balaton landscape shrouded in a blanket of autumn fog

Lake Balaton and its environs are rewarding photographic themes in every season: along with the lake itself, the surrounding landscapes are also astonishingly beautiful. The natural areas and the hidden wildlife around the lake are favoured themes for many photographers – and the autumn sunrise lends a spectacular splendour to the Balaton Uplands and Mount Badacsony, captured this time by Josef Jordan.

The Old Lake at Tata – a haven for migratory birds

The Old Lake at Tata is Hungary’s oldest artificial lake, created before the Hungarian conquest by building a dam across the Átal-ér Stream. There is a comfortable footpath around the lake, but it is a popular destination not only with hikers but also with migratory birds. Tens of thousands of wild geese and ducks spend the autumn and the winter on the lake.

A fairy-tale fishpond in Sződliget

30 km from Budapest, Hungary, near the town of Vác and the village of Sződliget, there is a hidden treasure: a romantic little fishpond that is a veritable entrance to the world of fairy tales. The lake’s shore is composed of a series of tiny coves, with idyllic little lodges of reeds and wood hidden under the gigantic floodplain trees.

Lake Fertő: a world heritage site in Hungary and Austria

Lake Fertő is an increasingly popular destination for nature-lovers: it has a cycle path all around it, many exciting beauty spots, atmospheric small towns and inviting, beautiful landscapes. Although it lies partly in Hungary and partly in Austria, the open border means that the Fertő Region still forms a single unit.

The Sárvár Spa: recreation for the whole family

The Sárvár Medicinal and Wellness Spa, completed in 2002, is the largest bath complex in Western Transdanubia. The spa offers thermal pools, giant slides, kiddie pools, a climbing wall and wellness services to entertain visitors looking for relaxation and recreation.

Hagymatikum, the bath of baths

The small town of Makó in Hungary, famous for its excellent onions, has a veritable thermal bath complex in the town centre. On a plot of 12 thousand square metres, the complex offers 18 different pools, 8 kinds of saunas, a steam cabin as well as leisure, therapeutic and wellness services, offering visitors an unforgettable recreational experience.

The Miskolctapolca Bath: bathing deep in a cave

Along the with its pools of thermal water for those seeking its therapeutic effects, the unique Miskolctapolca Cave Bath also offers visitors an opportunity to bathe in naturally formed cave passages and chambers.

Lake Bokodi, a floating village by the foothills of the Vértes Mountain

There is a special lake near Oroszlány, Hungary, by the foothills of the Vértes Mountain: meandering wooden piers and boardwalks lead to the small, red, blue and yellow cabins floating on the water. The Bokodi Lake is the artificial lake of the Vértes Power Station, but it offers a living
fairy-tale world for visitors.

Enchanting landscapes in Hungary: Backwaters along the Tisza River

Riverbanks with ancient trees, a diverse birdlife, branches arching over the water: amazing backwaters await nature lovers along the Tisza River outside the town of Mártély in Csongrád County.

Lake Balaton from space

Thanks to the European Space Agency (ESA), we now have a photograph of Hungary’s favourite lake taken from space.

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