Wine and Gastronomy
Viniculture has always been a Hungarian forte, but recently there has been a surge of public interest and professional effort to put the country on the international wine map, and not without enchanting results. Taking a tour of wine cellars is an excellent way to get to know local culture, history and people, not to mention sample some fine wines. There are dozens of quality cellars even in the Balaton region.
- 2HA Vineyard and Wine Cellar – Kisapáti, Szent-György Hill
- Jásdi Wine Cellar – Csopak
- Káli Kövek Winery – Köveskál
- Liszkay Vineyard Estate – Monoszló
- Laposa Winery – Badacsonytomaj
Sports and Adventure
The Balaton highlands offer you great, undulating roads, open skies, large rolling fields, challenging cliffs and of course the Lake, meaning whatever sport is your game, you will certainly find the proper venue to pursue it to your heart’s desire.
- Badacsony Szigliget bike tour
- Alsóőrsi Katamarán Bázis
- Balaton Bike Ring
- Balatonfüredi Yacht Club
- Royal Balaton Golf Club
- Hajógyári Marina and Restaurant
Farmers’ Markets round Lake Balaton
For fruits, vegetables and other ingredients. To meet, chat, bargain or browse for hours. In search of real treasures along the lines of colours, fragrances, sounds and fresh air, finding false gems. We have collected a bunch of farmers’ markets around Lake Balaton, where you can bump into special stalls during your thoroughly enjoyable shopping experience.
Tihany PIAC Placc
The PIAC placc marketplace by the Tihany ferry promises antiques, meat, cheese and spice vendors, but above all a modest bazaar vibe. It has a playground, much to the joy of kids bored by shopping, and a HelloWood installation that makes the airy marketplace even friendlier. This is not the place to find the largest number of traditional small-scale producers, but you will not be disappointed by the range of available ingredients. Arrive hungry, so you can eat as much of the local speciality (apple strudel) as possible.
8283, Káptalantóti, Liliomkert
The rebel, the hospitable, the Garden of Eden. All of these apply, although not necessarily in this order. It’s all clear to anyone, who spends a few days here, and the majority of the crowd here are returning market-goers. The Liliomkert in Káptalantóti is a popular haven for people permanently or temporarily escaping the buzz of the capital finding refuge in Káli-medence. The setting for the community factor is an abundance of wines, cheeses, jams, artisanal goods and bio-elixirs.
Before moving to Hungary from the UK you need to make sure that you apply for a European Health Insurance Card which has now replaced the former E111 form and several other healthcare forms.
Application forms are available either at a UK Post Office or at the UK Department of Health website www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm. This is a very simple form to complete and once you have received your healthcare card it entitles the holder to healthcare at any hospital throughout Hungary at a reduced cost or free of charge in some cases.
An EHIC will only cover you for emergency healthcare treatment in Hungary. Remember though that this really is just for tourists, but will ensure that you do not end up having to pay for treatment during your first few weeks or months in Hungary.
Private health insurance is widely available in Hungary.
Transport and Travel
Flying to Hungary – With most UK airports already offering flights per day to the capital of Hungary, to Budapest. (EasyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, British Airways) http://welovebalaton.hu/balaton/transportation/heviz.balaton.airport The Hévíz-Balaton Airport receives an increasing number of travellers every year, contributing to the turnout at Lake Balaton. In 2014, the range of available destinations is expanded by another two cities, Basel and Friedrichshafen, thus the Balaton is now accessible directly from Switzerland and 8 German towns. This year, Utair launches a direct flight service to Moscow as well. Click HERE for the current timetable. http://www.hevizairport.com/en/passengers/time-table
From Budapest airport to Lake Balaton takes 1,5 hours by car on the M7 motorway. Car hire – Car hire in Hungary is very cheap and easy to organise. (rentacars.com) Driving in Hungary – Remember that in Hungary you will be driving on the right hand side of the road! Most of the main roads and motorways have recently been resurfaced and there are several good toll motorways in the area. Tolls are inexpensive and can be avoided once you know your way around, but remember that the number of roads included in the toll system has risen significantly as of 2015, and toll roads are not always properly marked. Check online for the current list of toll roads. Toll prices do rise during the busy Easter and summer months so be warned!
Driving Rules and Regulations – As in all other countries, you need to be driving legally whilst you are in Hungary. This means carrying your EU or UK driving license, your passport and insurance documents at all times. If you are stopped by the police and don’t have the correct paperwork you can be fined. If you are a non-resident and are stopped for speeding you will receive an on the spot fine. Drink driving laws are far stricter than in the UK: there is zero tolerance in effect, so if you are planning to drink any alcohol, even just a glass, you are going to be much safer by simply catching a taxi.
Driving License – If you have an EU or British driving license you will be able to drive in Hungary, but if you are going to live or are staying for more than six months, you need to register it with the nearest traffic department which is in Veszprém.
If you have any questions regarding the above points, buying a car or any driving related issues please feel free to speak to any of us at Country Hills.