Cycle around Lake Balaton
Lake Balaton is essentially the Hungarian sea located in the western part of the country, not too far away from Budapest, the capital. Hungarian families usually organize their annual summer holidays here, because it is a perfect spot for people of any age. The region has a lot to offer, with its beautiful landscapes, flatter and hillier parts, its wine regions and cute little beaches.
Bike lane around the lake
Because of that, it is really popular among nature lovers and even bikers. There is a 210 kilometer long bike lane running round the lake which gives a perfect opportunity for those who want to see the life around it.
The stage itself is quite easy, only the North and East shore has a few hillside routes- mainly at Tihany, but the view is worth the hassle.
You can either cycle around the whole lake or just find a smaller route and finish that. It goes through 3 counties complete with varied scenery. It usually follows the shore, but sometimes it goes further inland, using official bike lanes and sometimes the small streets of little towns. There are plenty of signs to point you in the right direction
Cycle around the whole lake
If you want to cycle around the whole lake, I would recommend taking around 4-5 days, so you don’t need to rush, and you always have some time to get some lunch, or to have a drink. On your way, you will always find guesthouses where you can sleep for the night, but you might find it useful to book these in advance. There are also several camping sites where you can always find cheap spots even in high season.
What to see/what to do
Take your time and enjoy the view, visit some cultural heritage sites – such as the abbey of Tihany – and taste some wine at Badacsony (don’t forget not to drive when you drink!). Finally, enjoy the sunsets from the shore.
Spend some time on the beach while having a lángos for lunch with a glass of beer or lemonade. In the summertime you might find lots of cyclers following the same route, so then you can even make some friends.
Enjoy your ride!