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Keszthely (pronounced Kest-hey) is the oldest town in the Lake Balaton region of Hungary.

Understand

It is at the southern tip of Lake Balaton and boasts a history of more than 750 years. The town is endowed with a wide range of architectural gems displaying Gothic, baroque, Transylvanian and eclectic styles.

The Festetics Palace, now the Helikon Castle Museum, must rank as the town’s major attraction. Its construction was started at the beginning of the 18th century, by Kristóf Festetics, on the site of the former Pethő castle. It obtained its final neo-baroque form in 1887. With some 111 halls and rooms, this is one of the largest palaces in Hungary and is maintained in wonderful condition by the Hungarian government. One of the most beautiful rooms and one of the greatest assets of the castle is a magnificent historic two-level library housing over 100,000 volumes, which were miraculously saved from destruction during the Second World War. The library was started in the 1700s and its collection includes copies of the earliest printed books, unique prints, scientific and art books together with its music collection of manuscripts by Haydn, Pleyel and Goldmark. The ground floor houses an exhibition of the beautiful and precious military arms of Hungary, a loan from the Hungarian National Museum.

The reception wing of the palace is now used as a conference centre and a meeting place for scientific and international conferences. Participants may be accommodated in the 15 quest rooms and 4 suites within the palace. During summer, concerts are held weekly in the grounds.

The Festetics were one of the richest aristocratic families in Hungary and had a considerable influence on the development and culture of Keszthely and the surrounding areas. Family members founded pharmacies, hospitals, Grammar schools and in 1779 Count György Festetics founded “The Georgikon”, which was Europe’s first Independent Institution of agricultural higher education. It was established with an 11-hectare dendrological garden. Its successor, the Georgikon Faculty of Agronomy, now functions within the local university on the corner of Deák Ferenc and Széchenyi streets.

A nice feature within the town is the Helikon environmental park, which sits between the town and the lake foreshores. It is prevented from reaching the lake by the railway. Across the railway beside Csik Ferenc promenade are to be found a large number of outdoor cafes and restaurants much frequented by students from the nearby university. A popular snack served at these cafes is the famous Hungarian Lángos, a deep fried potato pancake topped with either garlic dressing or cheese or both. On summer evenings the area is alive with people eating Lángos and drinking beer.

The centre of Keszthely is a large square alongside Kossuth Lajos street. This square contains two major buildings. The Gothic parish church, built on the site of a former 12th-13th-century church by Palatine István Lackfi. Renovations at the end of the 19th century gave the church its neo-Gothic tower and rose windows. In 1974 a number of sensational 15th-century frescoes were discovered in the sacristy. At the southern end of this square stands the Gymnasium built at the turn of the last century and now housing the successor to the grammar school founded by Count Pál Festetics in 1772. The section of Kossuth Lajos street leading from the square to the palace of the Festetics is now a pedestrian mall were one can find a number of fine restaurants which, in season, serve large numbers of alfresco diners.

  • 1 Tourinform Keszthely, Kossuth Lajos utca 30, ☏ +36 83 314-144, fax: +36 83 314-144, ✉ keszthely@tourinform.hu. Sep 1–Jun 14: M–F 09:00–17.00, Sa 09:00–13:00; Jun 15–Aug 31: M–F 09:00–19.00, Sa Su 09:00–16:00. Information about accommodation, transport, programmes, attractions and services in Keszthely and in the region. It distributes free brochures, sell maps, tourist card, picture postcards, and gives information about local programmes, accommodation. Spoken languages: English, German, Italian.

Get in

By train

Trains are available in every two hours from Budapest-Déli pályaudvar via Székesfehérvár, Siófok, Fonyód and Balatonszentgyörgy (junction point to Nagykanizsa), moving on the South Coast of the Lake Balaton. The journey takes nearly 3 hours and costs 3705 Ft. Other direct connections are:

  • Toward the west: Ukk (junction point to Veszprém and Zalaegerszeg) via Tapolca and Sümeg in nearly every two hours.
  • Toward the south: Kaposvár via Fonyód once a day.

At the summer, direct trains are available from Győr, Pécs, Szeged, Szombathely and Záhony (via Nyíregyháza and Debrecen).

1 Keszthely Train Station, Mártírok útja 8 (A bit south of the center, not far from the Lake), ☏ +36 1 349-4949, ✉ informacio@mav-start.hu. Ticket office: 04:00–22:40.

By bus

Buses are available in nearly every two hours from Budapest-Népliget. The journey takes 2.5 hours and costs 3705 Ft.

2 Keszthely Bus Station, Mártírok útja 2 (Close to Train Station), ☏ +36 83 515-173, ✉ info@volanbusz.hu. Ticket office: 05:00–19:00.

By boat

Boats are available between Jun 2–Sep 9 once a day to Balatongyörök, Szigliget and Badacsony.

3 Keszthely Port, ☏ +36 84 310-050, ✉ ugyfelszolgalat@bahart.hu. Scheduled boating: 1400–1900 Ft, one hour pleasure-boating: 1800–2000 Ft, "Romantic Badacsony" pleasure-boating: 2710 Ft.

Get around

The town is compact and may be easily explored on foot.

By bus

Volánbusz operates local buses in Keszthely. Ticket (in 2019): 220 Ft, pass (in 2019): 4600 Ft per month. Tickets can be purchased only at the driver. Further information: public transport timetable, public transport map.

By taxi

  • Döme Taxi, ☏ +36 30 777-5444, ✉ info@keszthelytaxi.hu.
  • Pláza Taxi, ☏ +36 30 333-6668, ✉ plazataxikeszthely@gmail.com.
  • Skála Taxi, ☏ +36 30 333-1666.
  • Taxi Keszthely, ☏ +36 30 5 888 088, ✉ transfer@taxikeszthely.hu.

By bike

There is a bike rental network. Bikes can be pick up and hand down in any Tourinform offices in this region (Keszthely, Gyenesdiás, Vonyarcvashegy, Balatongyörök and Héviz). Bike rental: 1500 Ft for two hours, 2200 Ft for one day.

See

  • 1 The palace of the Festetics (The Helikon Castle Museum,Festetics-kastély, Helikon Kastélymúzeum), ☏ +36 83 314-194, ✉ kiallitas@helikonkastely.hu. Jun-Sep: daily 09:00–18:00 and W 19:00–24:00, Sa 20:00–24:00; Oct–May: Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. Festetics Castle Museum and its Gardens main exhibits are: Model railway exhibitions, Hunting Exhibition, Palm House, Aristocratic Lifestyle Exhibition (18th and 19th centuries), Helikon library. The “peasant-baroque” officer’s residence of the Festetics estate. Palm House and Aquarium Ft 800, Tower, available only together with palace ticket +Ft 500, Hunting Museum Ft 1000/500; Model Railway Exhibition Ft 1000/500. Hunting Museum and Model Railway Exhibition Ft 1800/900. Palace and Coach Museum Ft 2300/1150. All five exhibitions combined Ft 3500/1750. Hussar Exhibition Ft 1200/600 (adult/discounted prices). Guided tour Ft 9000/group. Garden railway Ft 750. Photo and video permit Ft 1500. House of Balaton Wines ticket Ft 600. House of Balaton Wines ticket and guided tour with wine tasting Ft 2500. Children under 6: free.
    • 2 Coach museum (Hintómúzeum) (Helikon Castle).
    • 3 Palace Park (Helikon park). The park which used to measure 42 hectares, is now a nature reserve, there is a French garden and an English garden where we can find numerous tree rarities. Old and exotic trees and hundreds of years old, colourful flowerbeds, fountains, statues are there– among them the full-figure bronze statue of George Festetics I, the garden pond and the fountain decorated with stone lions. Other statues: Immaculata sculpture, Statue of St. Helena

Churches

  • 4 St. Theresa Parish (Kis Szent Teréz Plébánia Kármelita Rendház), Tapolcai út 3. Part of a Carmelite convent
  • Lutheran church (Evangélikus templom), Deák F. u. 18.. Catholic church
  • 5 Holy Family Church (Szent Család templom), Balogh Ferenc utca 3 (Right west of Csokako Creek).
  • 6 Church of Our Lady of Hungary (Magyarok Nagyasszonya Templom, Belvárosi Plébániatemplom), Piac tér/Fő tér 5.. The Neo-gothic parish church.
  • Reformed Church (Református templom), Hanczók u.20. Catholic church.
  • 7 Keszthely Synagogue (Zsinagóga), Kossuth Lajos utca 22 (accessed through the archway of Pethő House). Built in 1852 in the neo-classical style. The shape was altered in 1894 when the building was remodeled in the spirit of eclecticism. In 1898 an organ built by Sándor Országh was installed. The temple served the local Neolog congregation. The building used to be accessed via a narrow mew from Fejér György Street where the Jewish School once stood. The building was erected according to tradition on a lower level as compared to its surroundings. Its East-West length, breadth and height are almost equal. The inside is surrounded on 3 sides by a gallery for women supported by iron columns. The original neo-classical architecture is preserved on the east side of the synagogue.

Museums

  • Balaton museum (Balatoni Múzeum), Kossuth u. / , Balaton u. 2.. A Neo-Baroque building. There are permanent exhibitions telling the visitors about the development of the Balaton, its flora and fauna and the historical relics of its surroundings. Also here you can find the Roman and Medieval Lapidary and the memorial room of the famous painter, János Halápy.
  • Bacchus Wine- and Wine Tool-Museum (Bacchus Bor- és Borászatieszköz-múzeum).
  • Cadillac Museum (Cadillac Múzeum). Models of 1923 and 1990.
  • Doll museum (Babamúzeum), XVI. (in the pedestrian precinct).
  • Erotic Renaissance Wax Museum (Reneszánsz Erotikus Panoptikum).
  • Georgicon Farm Museum, Grange Museum (Georgikon Majormúzeum). A former farmstead, which used to serve educational purposes now is a museum building. There are exhibitions about the history of higher agricultural education in Hungary, about corn production, viniculture. There is also a carriage exhibition with a wheelwright and a blacksmith workshop. The steam-plough is an imposing sight especially if you consider that it is still in working order.
  • Keszthely Ethnographic Museum - Wax Museum (Keszthelyi Néprajzi Múzeum – Panoptikum).
  • 8 Marzipan Museum in Keszthely (Marcipán Múzeum és Cukrászda), Katona József utca 19 (Close to the Festetics Palace), ☏ +36 83 319 322. Exhibitions and bakery are open from the beginning of March the end of December, Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. A permanent exhibition of over one hundred examples of our hand work, lovingly created by the proprietors Simonfai Jenő and his wife Agnes. For adults Ft 180, for children 14 years old Ft 120.
  • Mikus Gallery (Mikus Galéria).
  • Radio and TV Museum (Rádió és tv Múzeum).
  • Railway History Museum. (Vasúttörténeti Múzeum).
  • Historical Wax Museum (Történelmi Panoptikum).
  • Vidor Toy Museum (Vidor Játékmúzeum).
  • Nostalgia and Kitsch Museum (Nosztalgia és Giccsmúzeum).
  • Torture Museum (Horrorárium és Kínzó Múzeum).

Others

  • Asbóth House (Asbóth-ház), Kastély u. 5..
  • Birthplace of Julia Szendrey, at the Szendrey colony (Szendrey Júlia szülőháza Szendrey-telepen).
  • Balaton Hotel and Hullám Hotel (Balaton Szálló és Hullám Szálló), Balaton-part.
  • Csány Laszlo Statue (Csány László-szobor), Deák F. u. 25..
  • Former Georgikon (Georgikon-ház), Georgikon u. 20.. This building was the first institute of higher agricultural education established by Festetics György in 1797, Today it is a hotel.
  • Dongo House (Dongó-ház), Sopron u. 7..
  • Former Franciscan friary (Egykori ferences rendház), Fő tér 10..
  • Fórum House, Bem Street and Rákóczi Street cnr. One of the most beautiful modern buildings of the town.
  • Statue of György Festetics (Festetics György ülőszobra), Fő tér.
  • Holy Trinity Column (Szentháromság-szobor), Fő tér.
  • Island Bath (Szigetfürdő), City Beach. Part of the City Beach.
  • Snail Parliament (Csigaparlament).
  • Pantheon of Keszthely (Keszthelyi Pantheon).
  • Holy Trinity Column (Szentháromság-szobor), Fő tér.
  • Market, Bem Street. Worth visiting mainly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, that is the weekly market days. Rákóczi Street at the lower entrance of the market has also become a kind of shopping centre.
  • Villas around Erzsébet királyné Street. Can be see from Main Square to the Balaton coast. The villas were built at the beginning of the 20th century.
  • Star Castle (Csillagvár).
  • Balaton Theatre and Congress Centre (Balaton Kongresszusi Központ és Színház), Fő tér 3..
  • Goldmark Károly Community Centre.
  • Pedestrian Street (Sétálóutca), Kossuth Lajos u..
  • Port and mole at the Balaton.
  • House of Balaton Wines (Balatoni Borok Háza). ticket and guided tour with wine tasting Ft 2500.
  • Town Hall (Városháza), Fő tér 1..
  • Former Town hall (Egykori városháza), Kossuth u. 28..
  • Petho- or Goldmark house (Pethő- vagy Goldmark-ház), Kossuth u. 22..
  • Simon House (Simon-ház), Kossuth u. 3..
  • St. Lawrence chapel remains (Szent Lőrinc-kápolna maradványai), Fő tér.
  • János Vajda High School (Vajda János Gimnázium), Fő tér 9.
  • House (Lakóház), Kastély u. 16..
  • Statue of St. Florian (Szent Flórián-szobor), Tapolcai u. 1..
  • 9 St. Nicholas cemetery (Szent Miklós temető), Festetich György utca 1 (Kossuth Lajos utca corner). Here can be see the Festetics mausoleum and the Cemetery Chapel
  • Protected row of horse chestnut tree (Védett vadgesztenyesor), Fenékpusztai út - Georgikon út - Kossuth út.
  • The ruins of the Roman Valcum city (Fenékpusztán a római Valcum romjai), Fenékpuszta. Also here is a protected nature sights the Black Pine line.
  • Small Balaton (Kis-Balaton), Fenékpuszta. The only remaining Lake Baths. Kis-Balaton Natural Park.

Further afield

In Rezi:

  • 10 Rezi Castle (Rezi vár), Rezi. Built in the 14th–15th century.
  • 11 John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church (Keresztelő Szent János római katolikus templom), Petőfi Sándor utca 29, Rezi. Built in 1756 in Baroque style.

In Várvölgy:

  • 12 Saint Dominic Roman Catholic Church (Szent Domonkos római katolikus templom), Kossuth Lajos utca 80, Várvölgy. Built in 1899 in neo-Gothic style. Based on the ruins of the Gothic church ruins from the 14th century.

In Zalaszántó:

  • 13 Country House (Tájház), Vadász utca 20, Zalaszántó. Built around 1850.
  • 14 Gingerbread House (Mézeskalács-ház), Fő utca 102, Zalaszántó, ☏ +36 30 589-7934, ✉ drotosgyongyi@gmail.com. Mar 12–Jun 30: Tu–Su 10:00–17:00; Jul 1–Aug 22: 10:00–18:00; Aug 23–Nov 1: W–Su 10:00–17:00.
  • 15 Kotsy Watermill (Kotsy-vízimalom), Ádám utca 2, Zalaszántó, ☏ +36 83 572-010, ✉ bfnp@bfnp.hu. Closed in 2018 due to reconstruction. Adult: 500 Ft; senior, student: 400 Ft; children: 300 Ft.
  • 16 Peace Stupa (Béke-sztúpa), Világosvár 13, Zalaszántó, ☏ +36 30 864 8067, ✉ stupaoffice@gmail.com. Oct–Mar: F–Su 10:00–16:00; Apr–Sep 10:00–18:00. Buddhist sanctuary on the summit of the Virágosvár Hill (313 m a.s.l.), it is 30 m high and 24 m wide. Free entrance.
  • 17 Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church (Szent Kozma és Damján római katolikus templom), Fő utca, Zalaszántó. Built in the 15th century in Gothic style.
  • 18 Tátika Castle Ruins (Tátika várrom), Zalaszántó. Medieval castle ruins.
  • 19 Wendelin of Trier Roman Catholic Chapel (Szent Vendel római katolikus kápolna), Fő utca, Zalaszántó. Built in the 18th century.

Do

Beaches

  • 1 City Beach (Városi strand), Csík Ferenc sétány, ☏ +36 83 312-241. May 15–Sep 16: 08:30–19:00. The island-bath keeps the silhouettes of the original building. The pier, which protrudes deep into the lake provides a harbour for the boats cruising the lake on schedule and a favourite fishing place at the same time. Adult: 800 Ft; children, senior, student: 560 Ft.
  • 2 Helikon Beach (Helikon strand), Entz Géza sétány. May 15–Sep 16: 08:30–19:00. Adult: 500 Ft; children, senior, student: 350 Ft. Beyond of the opening hours, the beach can be visited for free.
  • 3 Libás Beach (Libás strand), Libás strand út. May 15–Sep 16: 08:30–19:00. Free services: Wi-Fi throughout the beach. Water rescue and Emergency Medical Service (during opening hours), parking, changing rooms, disabled toilets, open air showers, modern children's playground, sandy beach path. Snack bar, deck chairs, cabins, bicycle storage, bouncy castle for kids (Ugrálóvár), trampoline, kayak, canoe, paddle boats, windsurf. Adult: 500 Ft; children, senior, student: 350 Ft.
  • 4 Southern Free Beach (Déli szabadstrand). Jun–Aug: 09:00–19:00. Free entrance.

Sport

  • 5 Helikon Park. This is the biggest green area of the town. Here you can see the Helikon Monument, a landmark of the town, which was erected to commemorate the Helikon Festivals held 1817–1819.
  • 6 Szécsi Riding School (Szécsi Lovasiskola), ☏ +36 83 315-732, ✉ szecsi@reitschule.hu. Pony riding, outdoor riding, lunging for beginners, carriage ride.
  • 7 Tavirózsa Adventure Park, Napfénysor, ☏ +36 20 434-6069, ✉ bukovics.mariann0710@gmail.com. Mar–Nov: M–F 10:00–17:00, Sa 10:00–16:00. Adventure track, sliding trails, archery, minigolf, petanque Adult: 2390 Ft, children: 1890 Ft.
  • 8 Balaton Ballooning, Cserszegtomaj, ☏ +36 20 403-2667, ✉ info@balaton-ballooning.com. Apr–Oct. Fly with hot air balloon. Adult: 42000 Ft, children (6-12): 29000 Ft.
  • 9 Balaton Sightseeing Flight (Balatoni Sétarepülés), Sümegi út 98, Cserszegtomaj, ☏ +36 30 258-1058, ✉ info@balatonsetarepules.hu. Fly with gyrocopter and hang-glider. 15000–40000 Ft per person.
  • 10 Dino and Adventure Park Rezi (Dinó- és Kalandpark Rezi), Ibolya utca 13, Rezi, ☏ +36 83 555-025, ✉ info@dinoparkrezi.com. 09:00–16:00. Moving, life-size, sounding dinos, rope track, climbing wall, trampoline, gripping machines, boating lake, balls, treasure washers, bouncy castles. Entrance fee: 2000 Ft.
  • 11 Horse Friends’ Ranch (Lóbarát Lovasudvar), Ménes utca 8, Cserszegtomaj, ☏ +36 83 330-122, ✉ lobarat1@t-online.hu. Horse drawn carriage ride, horse ride training. Single room: 7000 Ft, double room: 12000 Ft.

Events

  • Various folk dance festivals.
  • Borutca (Wine Boulevard), end of July on the coast: this is a presentation of the wines of the Balaton region with cultural performances.

Walking tours

Walk in the Keszthely Mountains and the Balaton Uplands National Park. The 'Countrywide Blue Tour in Hungary' passes through the town. You can take long walks around the lake in the beautiful protected green woodland area surrounding the thermal waters (Hévíz).

  1. Keszthely-Felgyenes-Naturpark Visitor Center (Nagymező)-Náradfő-Vállus-Kő orra-Lesenceistvánd-Tapolca: National Blue Trail (Time: 7 hours, Distance: 25 km, Ascent: 349 m)
  2. Keszthely-Vadaskert-Hévíz-Gyöngyösi csárda (Restaurant)-Rezi Castle-Zalaszántó-Tátika-Sarvaly-Sümegprága-Sümeg: National Blue Trail (Time: 5 hours, Distance: 16,5 km, Ascent: 308 m.)
  3. Hévíz Thermal Lake-Wine cellars of Bükk-Savanyós Springs-Felsőpáhok (Time: 2.5 hours, Distance: 9 km, Ascent: 95 m)
  4. Keszthely-Semely Hill-Cserszegtomaj-Rezi-Ilona Valley-Falumalmi Erdészház (Forest House)-Zerna creek-Zalaszántó (Time: 4 hours, Distance: 15 km, Ascent: 236 m.)
  5. Keszthely-Várvölgyi road-Sátormagas alja-Sátormagas-Csetényi meadow (rét)-Várvölgy village (Time: 4 hours, Distance 14.5 km, Ascent: 223 m.)
  6. Keszthely-Sömögye Dülő-Felgyenes-Büdöskúti Valley-Vadvízárok-Büdöskút puszta-Székmány-Balatonederics Vasútállomás (Railway Station) (Time: 4.5 hours, Distance: 16 km, Ascent: 285 m.)
  7. Gyenesdiás Vasúti Megálló (Railway Station)-Vadlánlik-Tüskéslap-Naturpark Visitor Centre (Nagymező )-Petőhegy (Berzsenyi-kilátó)-Büdöskútpuszta-Padkő-Szobakú Cave-Bélap Valley-Balatongyörök (Railway station) (Time: 3.5-4 hours, Distance: 13 km, Ascent: 270 m.)
  8. Bélap Völgy-Bisekü-Márványkőfejtő-Sárkányerdői Vadászház-Balatonederics (Time: 1 hour, Distance: 3.75 km, Ascent: 324 m.)
  9. Vonyarcvashegy Vasútállomás (Railway station) – Kitaibel-Kilátó-Cseri kapu-Berzsenyi-Kilátó-Büdöskútpuszta-Szent Miklós forrás-Hegyes tű-Nemesvita (Time: 2-2.5 hours, Distance: 7 km, Ascent: 272 m.)
  10. Gyenesdiás Nagymező Natúrpark-Berzsenyi Outlook tower-Büdöskútpuszta-Szent Mikós forrás-Szent Miklós völgy-Vállus-Jáger houses (Csettegő Spring) (Time: 2.5 hours, Distance: 9 km, Ascent: 112 m.)

Buy

  • 1 Alphapark, Frech Miklós utca 2-4, ☏ +36 30 319-4073, ✉ keszthely@alphapark.hu. M–Sa 09:00–20:00, Su 10:00–18:00. Shopping center.
  • 2 Coop, Rákóczi tér 13, ☏ +36 83 510-655. M–F 06:30–18:30, Sa 07:00–16:00. Supermarket.
  • 3 Interspar, Tapolcai út 37, ☏ +36 20 823-8256, ✉ info@spar.hu. M–Sa 07:00–21:00, Su 08:00–19:00. Hypermarket.
  • 4 Keszthely Plaza, Rákóczi tér 20, ☏ +36 30 496-5789, ✉ balo91@gmail.com. M–F 09:00–18:00, Sa 09:00–14:00. Shopping center.
  • 5 Market of Keszthely, Piac tér, ☏ +36 83 312-295, ✉ keszthelyipiac@gmail.com. M Tu Th F 07:00–13:00, W Sa 06:00–13:00. To the west of the central square is the marketplace. On Saturdays and Wednesdays the square and some surrounding streets fill with market vendor stalls selling a wide variety of wares. Flowers, fruit, vegetables, and of course paprika are available in abundance together with tools, clothes and other paraphernalia. In the spring Cherries and Walnuts are a great buy.
  • 6 Spar, Bercsényi Miklós utca 65/a, ☏ +36 20 823-7207, ✉ info@spar.hu. M–F 06:30–20:00, Sa 06:30–17:00, Su 08:00–13:00.
  • 7 Stop Shop, Murvás utca 2. Shopping center.
  • 8 Tesco, Csapás utca 27, toll-free: +36 80 222-333. M–Sa 06:00–22:00, Su 07:00–20:00. Hypermarket.

Eat

  • Hotel Bacchus – Weinmuseum – restaurant, Erzsebet Kiralyne u. 18, ☏ +36 83 314097, fax: +36 83 314097.
  • Hungaricum Borhaz restaurant (Hotel Bacchus és Bormúzeum - Étterem), Helikon u. 14, ☏ +36 83 312420, +36 83 510-450.
  • Club Manhattan Steak & Cafe, Georgikon u. 2.
  • Gisella restaurant (Gisella Étterem), Helikon u. 4., ☏ +36 83 310-365.
  • Donatello Pizzeria, Balaton u. 1/A, ☏ +36 83 315989.
  • Giuseppe Pizzéria, Rákóczi Ferenc u. 22., Tel.: +36 83 316-754
  • 1 Jóbarát restaurant, (Jóbarát Vendéglő), Martinovics utca 1., ☏ +36 83 311422.
  • Hungaria – Gosser Pub & Restaurant (Hungaria – Gosser – Etterem Sorozo), Kossuth Lajos u. 35, ☏ +36 83 312265.
  • Oázis Reform Restaurant - Vegetarian Food Bar, Rákóczi tér 3. Tel.: +36 83 311-023 ill. 30/247-1066, Honlap: http://www.oazis-natur.hu/
  • Piccola Posta Pizzeria, József Attila u. 6., Tel.: +36 83 312-689

In the surroundings:

  • 2 Gyöngyösi Betyárcsárda, Kültelek 5, Rezi, ☏ +36 83 373-006, ✉ gyongyosicsarda@gmail.com. Mar–Now: W–Su 11:30-22:00. Traditional restaurant with local cuisine and with specialities like beef stew with curd cheese pasta, and venison fillet in red currant sauce with croquettes. It was built in 1728 in Baroque style. 1990 Ft.
  • 3 Napraforgó Restaurant (Napraforgó Vendéglő), Sümegi út 9, Cserszegtomaj, ☏ +36 83 310-554, ✉ nagy-elek@freemail.hu. Mar–Dec: 11:30–21:00. Traditional restaurant with local cuisine. 2290 Ft.
  • 4 Nemdebár Sport Bistro, Fő utca 87, Zalaszántó, ✉ nemdebarsportbisztro@gmail.com. M–Th 06:00–22:00, F 06:00–02:00, Sa 10:00–02:00, Su 10:00–22:00. Food bar. 1190 Ft, pizza: 990 Ft, hamburger: 490 Ft.
  • 5 Papi Restaurant and Pizzeria, Sümegi út 39, Cserszegtomaj, ☏ +36 70 642-8768. 12:00–20:00. Traditional restaurant and pizzeria. 1980 Ft, pizza: 1590 Ft.
  • 6 Szent Domonkos Restaurant (Szent Domonkos Vendéglő), Kossuth Lajos utca 40, Várvölgy, ☏ +36 83 371-404, ✉ info@sztdomonkos.hu. 11:00–21:00. Traditional restaurant with local cuisine. 2350 Ft.
  • 7 Szent Flórián Restaurant, Rezi utca 2, Cserszegtomaj, ☏ +36 70 329-3441, ✉ st.florian@freemail.hu. M Tu Th–Su 12:00–20:00. Traditional restaurant. Lunch menu: 1200 Ft, double room: 10000 Ft.
  • 8 Turul Restaurant (Turul Vendéglő), Fő utca 199/6, Zalaszántó, ☏ +36 83 378-642, ✉ turulvendeglozalaszanto@gmail.com. Tu–Su 12:00–22:00. Traditional restaurant with local cuisine. 2180 Ft.
  • 9 Vénusz Restaurant, Iskola utca 14, Cserszegtomaj, ☏ +36 83 330-277. M–Sa 12:00–23:00. Traditional restaurant.

Drink

At the Lakeside bars and cafes.

In the surroundings:

  • 1 Tátika Presszó, Fő utca 98, Zalaszántó, ☏ +36 83 370-162. 08:00-22:00.

Sleep

Keszthely has a variety of places to stay, ranging from rentable apartments to the 5-star 224 rooms, 8 suites.

Budget

In Keszthely:

  • 1 Castrum Camping, Móra Ferenc utca 48, ☏ +36 83 312-120, fax: +36 83 314-422, ✉ keszthely@castrum.eu. May–Sep. Services: waveless 25 m length swimming pool, pool for children, restaurant, grocery, ice cream parlor, playground, program organization. 1800 Ft per person.
  • 2 Camping Gärtnerhof, Apát utca 33, ☏ +36 83 319-900, ✉ molcamp90@gmail.com. Apr 1–Oct 15. 2200 Ft per person.
  • 3 Gabriella Apartment House, Darnay Kálmán utca 28, ☏ +36 30 287-0516, ✉ info@gabriellaszallas.hu. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 11:00. 3 rooms, 2 apartments. Single room: 12000 Ft, double room: 14400 Ft.
  • 4 Hargita Restaurant and Guesthouse, Mély út 5, ☏ +36 20 332-0255. Restaurant: 11:00–22:00. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 7 rooms. Single room: 9220 Ft, double room: 13915 Ft.
  • 5 Ilona Kiskastély Guesthouse, Móra Ferenc utca 22, ☏ +36 83 312-514, ✉ ilonagasthaus@gmail.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 5 rooms. Double room: 14900 Ft.
  • 6 Párizsi Udvar Restaurant and Guesthouse, Kastély utca 5, ☏ +36 83 311-202, ✉ parizsiudvar@freemail.hu. Restaurant: 11:00–17:00. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 10:00. 13 rooms. Double room: 12000 Ft, average meal: 2850 Ft.
  • 7 Sarokház Guesthouse, Móra Ferenc utca 9, ☏ +36 83 311-950, ✉ sarokhazpansio@hotmail.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 6 rooms. Double room: 12000 Ft.
  • 8 Season Guesthouse, Goldmark Károly utca 6, ☏ +36 30 287-0516, ✉ info@seasonhaz.hu. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 6 rooms. Single room: 12000 Ft, double room: 14000 Ft.
  • 9 Vadóctanya Hostel, Honvéd utca 28, ☏ +36 20 924-0805, ✉ info@vadoctanya.hu. 13 rooms. 3700 Ft per person.

In the surroundings:

  • 10 Camping Rosengarten, Bikedi sor 5, Cserszegtomaj, ☏ +36 30 347-1559, ✉ info@campingrosengarten.hu. Apr 1–Oct 15. Apartment for two persons: 8000 Ft.
  • 11 Panoráma Camping, Barát utca 43, Cserszegtomaj, ☏ +36 83 330-215, fax: +36 83 330-215, ✉ matuska78@freemail.hu. Apr 1–Oct 31. Apartment for two persons: 9000 Ft.

Mid-range

In Keszthely:

  • 12 Andrea Guesthouse, Pál utca 3, ☏ +36 30 554-3840, ✉ info@andreapanzio-keszthely.hu. Check-in: 14:30, check-out: 10:00. 11 rooms. Single room: 14000 Ft, double room: 15000 Ft.
  • 13 Anna Villa, Baross Gábor utca 4, ☏ +36 20 992-5709, ✉ annavilla1905@gmail.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 5 rooms. Single room: 15700 Ft, double room: 17600 Ft.
  • 14 Barbara Wellness Guesthouse, Zámor utca 2, ☏ +36 83 319-865, ✉ info@barbara-pension.hu. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. 10 rooms. Room service, swimming pool, spa (jacuzzi), garden with furniture, table tennis, barbecue, children's playground and closed parking. Single room: 14900 Ft, double room: 17900 Ft.
  • 15 Erika Guesthouse, Ady Endre utca 14-16, ☏ +36 83 314-591, ✉ info@erikapension.hu. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 10 rooms. Closed parking, outdoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, playing house with toys and bicycles, sunbathing area with deck-chairs, playground, table-tennis, badminton, cot and baby bath (on request) are available. Single room: 16500 Ft, double room: 20900 Ft.
  • 16 Melinda Villa, Római út 33, ☏ +36 83 315-682, ✉ mozsolicsm@keszthelynet.hu. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 6 rooms. Single room: 13000 Ft, double room: 16000 Ft.
  • 17 Muschel Hotel, Nádas köz 5, ☏ +36 70 212-0874, ✉ info@muschelhotel-balaton.hu. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 10:00. 10 rooms. Single room: 16900 Ft, double room: 19900 Ft.
  • 18 Nussbaum Guesthouse, Móra Ferenc utca 15, ☏ +36 30 960-5239, ✉ nussbaumpanzio@gmail.com. Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 09:00. 9 rooms. Double room: 16000 Ft.
  • 19 Silatti Guesthouse, Rákóczi utca 72, ☏ +36 83 313-228, ✉ info@silatti.hu. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 8 rooms. Services: breakfast from buffet, locked parking area, outdoor swimming pool (9x5m) with sun beds, bubble bath, sauna, playing corner for children. Double room: 16500 Ft.
  • 20 Tarr Apartment House, Apát utca 1, ☏ +36 83 319-862, ✉ tarrkovacs@keszthelynet.hu. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 10:00. 8 apartments. Apartment for two persons: 15000 Ft.

In the surroundings:

  • 21 Andrea Wellness Guesthouse, Sümegi út 5, Cserszegtomaj, ☏ +36 83 510-242, fax: +36 83 999-647, ✉ info@andreapension.hu. Mar–Dec. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:30. 25 rooms. Single room: 15000 Ft, double room: 19000 Ft.

Splurge

In Keszthely:

  • 22 Abbázia Club Hotel, Erzsébet királyné útja 23, ☏ +36 83 312-596, ✉ info@abbazia-clubhotel.hu. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. 124 apartments. Apartment for one person: 17000 Ft, apartment for two persons: 26000 Ft.
  • 23 Active Guesthouse, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky utca 1-3, ☏ +36 30 373-8550, ✉ roombalaton@gmail.com. Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 09:00. 8 rooms. Double room: 34400 Ft.
  • 24 Admiral Hotel, Pázmány Péter utca 1, ☏ +36 83 314-368, fax: +36 83 314-143, ✉ info@admiralhotel.hu. 28 rooms. Beauty treatment, pedicure-manicure, cosmetics, Finnish aroma sauna, solarium, massage. Outdoor swimming pool, barbecue in the garden, playground for children, bicycle and table tennis, free enclosed parking place in the yard. Double room: 26000 Ft.
  • 25 Família Apartment House, Ruszek utca 54, ☏ +36 30 864-3710, ✉ familiaapartman@gmail.com. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 10:00. 6 apartments. In each apartment sleeps 2-5 people. Each apartment has its own balcony. Each appartmant consists of; small kitchen, shower, toilet and bedroom with TV. In the garden there is a swimming pool with sunbeds at your disposal. Apartment for two persons: 21000 Ft.
  • 26 Hotel Ovit, Alsópáhoki út, ☏ +36 83 515-130, ✉ hotelovit@t-online.hu. 20 rooms and 7 apartments. Single room: 17300 Ft, double room: 25800 Ft.
  • 27 Kakadu Wellness Hotel, Pázmány Péter utca 14, ☏ +36 83 312-042, ✉ info@kakaduhotel.hu. 32 rooms and 4 apartments. Single room: 25900 Ft, double room: 31900 Ft.
  • 28 Kristály Hotel, Lovassy Sándor utca 20, ☏ +36 83 318-999, fax: +36 83 318-998, ✉ info@kristalyhotel.hu. Wellness hotel with 40 rooms. In hotel’s wellness center free use of bio Finnish- and infrared sauna, amethyst steam bath, jacuzzi, Himalaya salt room, relaxing area with music and sun terrace between 08:00-21:00, free parking in front of the hotel, free use of Wi-fi Internet and safe in the guest room, in summer use of outdoor swimming pool and children’s playground of the near Admiral Hotel-Pension. Double room: 29600 Ft.
  • 29 Hotel Bacchus, Erzsébet királyné útja 18, ☏ +36 83 378-566, ✉ info@bacchushotel.hu. 26 rooms. Single room: 15400 Ft, double room: 21600 Ft.
  • 30 Tokajer Wellness Guesthouse, Apát utca 21, ☏ +36 30 286-3810, ✉ info@tokajerwellness.com. Mar 9–Sep 30. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 34 rooms. Two outdoor pools, heated indoor pool, heated whirlpool, steam room, salt room, Finnish sauna, fitness room, table tennis, table football, cycling, Wi-fi internet, closed parking for cars. Single room: 15800 Ft, double room: 22680 Ft.

In the surroundings:

  • 31 Club Dobogómajor, Hévízi út 1, Cserszegtomaj, ☏ +36 83 531-991, fax: +36 83 531-992, ✉ info@clubdobogomajor.hu. 312 apartments. Apartment for one person: 18500 Ft, apartment for two persons: 29000 Ft.
  • 32 Relax Hotel, Sümegi út 35, Cserszegtomaj, ☏ +36 70 636-6482, ✉ info@relaxhotelheviznel.hu. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 10:00. 19 rooms, 4 apartments. Double room: 28000 Ft.

Connect

Keszthely's postal code is H-8360, and its telephone area code is 83.

  • 2 György Fejér Town's Library (Fejér György Városi Könyvtár), Zeppelin tér 3, ☏ +36 83 321-446, ✉ info@fgyvk.hu. Sep 3–Jun 16: Tu Th F 09:00–17:00, W 09:00–18:00, Sa 09:00–13:00; Jun 17–Sep 2: M 12:00–16:00, Tu–F 09:00–17:00. Free internet usage.
  • 3 Keszthely 1 Post Office, Kossuth Lajos utca 48, ☏ +36 83 312-070, fax: +36 83 312-355, ✉ ugyfelszolgalat@posta.hu. M-F 08:00-18:00, Sa 08:00-12:00.

Go next

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  • Pacsa – small town 22 km west
  • Sümeg – town with castle 28 km north
  • Tapolca – town with cave lake 27 km northeast
  • Zalaszentgrót – town with thermal bath 30 km northwest

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