Balatonlelle is situated in the county of Somogy, by the southern coast of Lake Balaton, West of Siófok, at a distance of 136 kms from
You can reach the town easyily either by train, or travel by car or bus taking motorway 7 and roadway 67.
There are two gas stations in Lelle along with a car service station ready to serve those travelling by car.
Balaton is known for its busy water traffic, with Lelle being one of the most important locations.
On the southern coast of the "Hungarian Sea"
Balaton is one of the shallowest lakes, making it excellent for bathing and swimming. However long the awim you take, it won't appear tiring due to its smooth, velvety water. The water's temperature varies between 24-26 C on hot summer days, and the air is clean and unpolluted.
Stiffing heat doesn't stay for long, as light drifting winds loosen the humid air.
The Lake's curing effect is boosted by sunsine, stimulating blood formation, and also vitalising the betabolic and the respiratory system.
Enthusiastic bathers arrive with the first spring rays of sunshine and you can even see the lovers of the lake in September.
Let's embark on the trip!
Wine growing is still the major activity at Kishegy, which is part of Balatonlelle, but is also a fine place for visiting tourists with its special atmosphere and picturesque view. On the top of the nearly 200 m high mountain stands a small, historical Baroque chapel, and on the opposite side is the house and wine cellar of the vine-dresser, which was buit in the 18th century. There is a concerte road leading from the settlement to the vineyard.
Over above the vineyard is a 136-hectare Forest Park, developed particularty for tourism.
The foot of the hill is a place worth stopping for lovers of horse riding. The well-designed and built horse track has hosted a number of horse races, along with show jumping and coach driving chanpionships.
Starting in the direction of Budapest, we can reach Rádpuszta by the interconnecting road, which is the exit of the M7 motorway. Those arriving to Rádpuszta will enjoy the benefits of the traditional Hungarian atmosphere and hospitality. The horse-riding centre and the restaurant are the favorite sport of children and adults alike. In addition to horse programs, we can take a closer look at some traditional Hungarian animal species, and can also taste the wines of the region at the wine cellar located below the restaurant itself. While here, we can also visit the excavated remains of a late-Romanesque-style church, which was built in the 13th century. In summer music fans can enjoy the chamber music evenings held here.
The swampy forest surrounding the plain is place for lovers of the wild, unaffected nature.
The Szent István tér (St. Stephen's Square) is the central place of the busy summer season of Lelle with a Mediterranean atmosphere. In the evenings thousands of people gather around the fountain to enjoy the play of amateur groups. Some are lured by chain of small shops starting from the square.
To the great joy of children, there is a circus and an amusement park throughout the summer season, providing a great time of fun both children and adults.
Thanks to the wide range of cultural programs, everyone can find something interesting: those who enjoy classical music can visit organ recitals in the Chatolic church, while those who like lighter forms of entertainment can choose between concerts and performances held at the outdoor theatre.
The regular festivals make Lelle's summer something to remember. These include: the midsummer festival and fish soup cookinf competion, the Wine Week of Balatonlelle, the "Miss Balaton" beauty concest, the water-parade and fireworks on the 20th of August, or Grape Harvest Festival and amusement.
Balatonlelle, the stop over the Southern-Balaton Wine Tour
The winegrowers of Lelle organise a one-week Wine Celebration in every August called the "Lellei Borhét" to honour "Villáműző Szent Donát" (Thunder-stopping Saint Donatus) who is considered to be the patron saint of vineyards.
Visitours of the celebration can enjoy the best of Hungarian traditional food, such as piles of tasty and savoury pork knuckles, ham, sausages and wonderful pickles.
In the intermission of programs, visitours can buy souvenirs from the local masters of folk art: pottery, wooden carving, embroidered tablecloth, or heart-shaped honey cakes. A great way of ending an enjoyable evening is by joining the traditional dances, the so-called traditional dance houses.