An excursion to the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe.
Option A: Our first stop is the Porcelain Manufacture of Herend which was founded in 1826, among the first five of its kind in Europe. In the course of a guided tour organised by the factory we can see the preparation process of the hand painted porcelain, visit the museum and have a cup of coffee or tea served in a Herend porcelain cup. If you feel like doing some shopping in the factory's shop you can do it at a reasonable price.
Option B: Our first stop is Veszprém, the town of Queens. The formal Royal Fortress stood on the 40m high and 500m long dolomite rock backbone in the 11-13th century. Today here we find the Baroque Castle District.
We'll take a walk, visit the Archbishop's Palace and the Cathedral, have a beautiful view of the Valley of the Stream Séd, walk down to the Old Town Square and have refreshments in a café. We will continue our tour to Balatonfüred, the first medicinal and recreational town of Hungary based on its mineral water sources and pleasant climate at the lake. We will walk by villas built in the Classical style from the 19th century.
We'll take a walk in the port and the elegant promenade where you will find statues and trees of the many famous Hungarians and foreigners who visited Balatonfüred. Afterwards we will drive to Tihany. The peninsula is of volcanic origin with geyser cones, an inner lake, lavender fields, almond trees and vineyards. After having lunch in a traditional Hungarian restaurant we enjoy the breath-taking view of the lake from the Baroque Abbey and walk along the old, thatched, stone fishermen's' houses. Crossing the lake by ferry we return to Budapest.