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Number of Tourism Nights Up on Pandemic Year

Oct 7, 2022

In August 2022, 1.4 million guests spent 3.9 million tourism nights in commercial accommodation establishments (hotels, boarding houses, camping sites, bungalow complexes and community hostels) in Hungary, with the number of guests up by 7.9% and the number of nights by 3.1% compared to the same period of the previous year, the Central Statistical Office […]

Budapest-Balaton Bike Route Reaches Lake Balaton

Aug 26, 2022

The newest section of the bicycle path connecting the capital with Lake Balaton between Székesfehérvár and Balatonakarattya has been opened. Thus, cyclists can reach the shores of Lake Balaton from Budapest by bicycle on the more than 100-kilometer-long road section. The new 27.4-kilometer-long section is reported to make it easier for people living in the […]

Hungary Is Not Only About Budapest

The last time I wrote for this column, the topic how sport connects people. Don't worry, I will not bore you with football again, rather with other forms of connectivity like experience or enjoyment. I have been working at our Embassy in Budapest for 12 years now and even prior to that, I had the […]

Cross-Balaton Swim with Over 11,000 Participants

Jul 23, 2022

Two national team swimmers, Luca Vas and Imre Barabás, were the fastest at the 40th Balaton Crossing on Central Europe’s largest lake on Saturday. The event saw a record number of people participating. According to the organizers, Vas won the women’s competition at the 5.2-kilometer distance between Révfülöp and Balatonboglár in one hour, six minutes […]

The 54th Blue Ribbon Race on Lake Balaton

Jul 14, 2022

The field of the 54th Kékszalag (‘Blue Ribbon’) Raiffeisen Grand Prix took off Thursday morning from Balatonfüred. According to the organizers, 516 boats have entered this year's race with more than 2,500 sailors on board. As the website of the race notes, 28 boat classes have delegated teams to the Blue Ribbon, with 16 catamarans […]

Main Navigation Season Kicks Off on Lake Balaton

Jul 2, 2022

The 176th main shipping season of the Balaton Shipping Company (Bahart) has begun this Saturday. The company awaits in 17 ports those who wish to sail and take excursions with renovated ships, renewed and extended timetable. According to a company statement sent to the state news agency MTI, the 58-day peak passenger season will see […]

Innovation, Tradition, Sustainability – Blue Ribbon

Jun 3, 2022

The 54th Kékszalag (‘Blue Ribbon’) Raiffeisen Grand Prix will start on July 14, 2022. The Hungarian Sailing Federation is expecting more participants than ever before in Europe's largest and most popular around-the-lake sailing race. This year's regatta will be a multi-day sailing celebration, with exhibitors, shore programs and a giant projector in Balatonfüred. This year's […]

Almost 60% of Hungarians Plan a Domestic Holiday

May 3, 2022

Close to 60% of Hungarians are almost certain to spend a few days in a domestic holiday destination this year, while 47% will definitely not cross the border in the summer months, according to a representative survey by the insurance firm Generali that sent the results to the state news agency MTI on Tuesday. The […]

Lake Balaton Kicks Off 176th Sailing Season

Apr 16, 2022

The 176th Balaton boating season started this Saturday, with Balaton Shipping Ltd. (Bahart) expecting its passengers with, among other things, a new timetable and an online ticket purchase option to be introduced from May, the company said at its season opening press conference. The company’s CEO, Gábor Veigl, is quoted by the state news agency […]

EU-Supported Technology Development at Lake Balaton

Aug 21, 2021

The mechanical and navigational system and other equipment developed by a consortium of Balaton Dock Ltd. and Előny Ltd. with EU funding is already being put to good use in making the summer Balaton shipping season safer. The consortium won HUF 364 million in EU funding, for which it had to provide HUF 231 million […]

Blue Ribbon Sailing Race on Lake Balaton

Jul 22, 2021

Last year's winner, the boat RSM driven by Róbert Vándor, was the first to cross the finish line of the 53rd Blue Ribbon Raiffeisen Grand Prix in Balatonfüred on Thursday evening. The final stage of the race, which started in light winds, saw a great battle between the defending champion and the time record holder […]

Boating on Lake Balaton: 175th Anniversary

May 19, 2021

This year marks the 175th anniversary of boating on Lake Balaton shipping and the Balaton Shipping Company (BAHART) celebrates it with a year-long series of events. The series spans the whole year, with the slogan 'Tradition and Modernisation', expressing the commitment to preserving the values of the past and to achieving future goals. From 1 […]

Desired Domestic Destinations in Hungarian Tourism

Apr 20, 2021

According to a recent representative survey by and Ipsos, a third of the Hungarian population is confident again that they can go on holiday. Further relaxation measures in the coming period and an increase in the number of vaccinated people could have a positive impact on travel uncertainty, including domestic tourism. While last year, […]

Post-COVID-19 Tourist Boom in Budapest?

Apr 12, 2021

It could be Hungarian guests who boost tourism, which has seen a severe decline due to the epidemic. According to a recent survey, up to a million Hungarian tourists can visit the capital, but Lake Balaton can also be a popular destination. 71.7% of Hungarians plan to travel in 2021 in the event of the […]

Fish Stocking at Lake Balaton

Mar 31, 2021

The annual process of fish stocking has begun at Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe. This Wednesday, a total of 5013 kg carp was let into the lake. The shipment was unloaded at the dog beach in Fonyód, on the southern shore of Lake Balaton.

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