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Travelogue Hungary & Vienna
24/06/2016 – 12/07/2016
Total travelled distance: 4.328 Km


Stay
We rented a villa adapted for
wheelchair-accessible cottages in the town Velence to Velence . The distance from Oppuurs is about 1370 km. The villa is within walking distance of a supermarket, a bank, post office, shops, restaurants, waterfront terraces and a large shopping center. Székesfehérvár , the provincial capital, is 20km. Budapest , the national capital, is 45km.

The Lake Velence > (see our photos via this link )
Covering an area of 26 square kilometers (10.8 km long and 2.3 km wide), it's
Velence the little sister of the Balaton but no less important. Because of the shallow depth of the lake (about 1.5 meters), the water in the summer has a pleasant temperature of about 26 to 28 degrees and is thus warmer than the Balaton . The more soil feels soft. On the lake you can Needless to say, good sailing and surfing, you can rent water sports equipment in different places.
On the north side of the lake lies the Velence Mountains. Here are excellent walking. Also, a large nature reserve here which occur several protected plant and bird species. At various places around the lake, it is worthwhile to cast a fishing rod. Most beaches are on the south and east side of the lake. The places Agárd,
Gárdony , Velencefürdö, Kápolánsnyék and Velence are grown together to form the tourist center of Lake Velence.
Velence you from the mountain Bence fantastic views over the lake. In every city you will find excellent beaches, and there are plenty of opportunities for entertainment. Restaurants, cafes and some museums will be happy to receive you. As with Lake Balaton also runs in Velence the main road and the railway line near the oervers.

Székesfehérvár
This main town of the district has attractions as the Episcopal Palace and the Zichy Palace, and Stephen's Cathedral. A relic from the Middle Ages, the adjacent St. Anne's Chapel.

Balaton
Lake Balaton is the largest lake (592 km²) of Central Europe.
The lake is located in western
Hungary and has an elongated shape, the length is 79 km, the maximum width 15 km. The maximum depth is 12 meters, the average depth is only three meters, making the water in summer is relatively warm. The lake is partly because one of the main tourist attractions of the country. In the summer months are organized long-distance swimming competitions in various resorts to the opposite shore. Lake Balaton offers a private airport in the southwest corner of the lake at Sármellék ( Hévíz-Balaton Airport ) where many charter flights from German cities to fly. Along the south shore lies the M7 motorway linking the Balaton with Budapest and the Croatian border.
The lake is in Hungary landlocked nicknamed "the Hungarian Sea". In the middle of the lake is divided almost in half by the Peninsula
Tihany , the passage to the south 1,5 km wide. The main water supplier, the river Zala . The lake is an endorheic basin and the only drainage occurs via the Sió canal.

Around the lake we find will include these sites:
Siofok
This city is the largest resort on the lake and the main town of the district Siófok. The city has about 22 460 inhabitants in an area of 124.66 square kilometers and the town is 124 meters. The city has an old center with attractions like the Central Station and the old water tower, which is now the tourist office is located. The old town is about 500 m from the lake.
Hévíz > (see our photos via this link )
Hévíz is situated 6 km from the town of Keszthely and here is the largest thermal lake in the world. Lake Hévíz is 4.4 hectares and is fed at 38 meters under water by a geothermal source. The water temperatures in the thermal lake range from 24 ° C to 38 ° C. In this way, there by be outside bathed in the lake throughout the year. However, part of the lake is covered because there is a wooden bathhouse over part of the lake built in 1795.
The water in the lake further contains sulfur compounds and oxygen in solution. This composition have emerged in the lake a unique flora and fauna. In the lake there are bacteria and algae species that are only found in Hévíz. Of the bacteria are believed to have a therapeutic effect.
Keszthely
The town of Keszthely, capital of the district Keszthely, is on the western tip of Lake Balaton. Festetics castle with its 101 rooms the third largest castle in Hungary. It was built in Baroque style, but received its present form only between 1880 and 1890. The castle is built as a "horseshoe" and is a rarity in history. The most famous room is the Helikon library with a collection of 70,000 books. When a visit is at the till you get a kind of flat slippers that you have to put on the shoes, to not scratch the beautiful parquet floors. The castle is situated on the outskirts of the town in the direction of Hévíz. How striking the lock is, it does not dominate the town. The houses just outside the gate of the castle, built in the 18th century and inhabited by the castle staff.
Around the main square of the town, are most of the other sights. The Kossuth Lajos utca, which leads to the castle, is the large parish church. The tower in its current form dates from 1878. On the square is the "Holy Trinity Column," as we see so much in Hungary. Nearby is the town hall, designed in late Baroque style. The oldest house in the city, on the Kossuth Lajos utca nº 22, is here near. It is the Goldmark House. At the end of the Kossuth Lajos utca can be gotten in the Balaton Museum, an impression of the history of the Balaton region from prehistoric times to the present. A diorama shows the flora and fauna Seeing the Small-Balaton, a nature reserve of 3000 hectares, which is located south of Balaton, is.
Near the large Helikon hotel, on the other side of the railway, is the large Helikon Park. From the park is a promenade to the hotel and Lake Balaton. Vanhie Square in eastern direction looking, they only see the water horizon of the lake and no country, like the sea.
Badacsony
This location is on the north side of the lake, at the foot of the Badacsony, a 426 m high volcanic mountain on the north side of Lake Balaton in Hungary. The region around the lake is named Badacsony. This includes five villages located over a distance of 11 km at the foot of the Badacsony. The area contains rocks and woods, which offers sweeping views of the lake and the jagged Tapolca Basin. The area around Lake Balaton provides some good dry white wines. One is the Badacsonyi Kéknyelű. For people who prefer a less dry, white wine, there is the Szürkebarát (gray monk), which has a slightly sweet taste. The origin of this grape is in France and is the same as that of the Pinot Gris, which also explains the name.
The wines are listed from the area around Lake Balaton; The best come from the north shore; Badacsony, Balatonfüred and Csopak.
Tihany > (see our photos via this link )
The village of Tihany is located in Hungary on the homonymous peninsula in Lake Balaton 7 km southwest of Balatonfüred. The peninsula and the village called both Tihany. To the left is the narrow road between the poplars. By "narrow" peninsula there are few parking to look back to Balatonfüred. One then sees the high-Marina hotel and beach area of Balatonfüred - the image evokes memories of a seaside resort on the Mediterranean - also aptly called the "Hungarian Riviera.
Veszprém
Veszprém is a town with 200 listed buildings and monuments. An interesting part of the city of Veszprém, the ancient city on the hill and the Vár (Castle). Under The castle gate leads into the only street in the castle district, with left yellow-painted houses. Opposite the cathedral is the baroque Franciscan church with one tower and the interior striking ceiling frescos.
On the square in front of the Cathedral is a Trinity image. Just past the cathedral are the basic forms of the oldest building, the St. George's Chapel to see. At the end of the Vár utca stand the statues of King Stephen I (Istvan Kiraly), who ruled around 1000, and his wife Gisela. From here one has a view of the town and the rock on which the city is built.

The Danube Bend > (see our photos via this link )
The Danube Bend is a bend in the river
Danube , 50 km north of Budapest. That breaks the river by the Hungarian low mountain range and makes a great bend southward. seen from the air the Danube has the form of a toggle, hence the name.
The environment of the Danube Bend is a scenically beautiful area that used to be strategically important. Therefore, there are many medieval remains of castles and other monuments. There are several small towns.
The Danube flows from the west, where it forms the border with Slovakia. Near the 'knee' she flows along the ancient capital
Esztergom , formerly known as Gran. There, just opposite the Slovak city Štúrovo and flows the river Hron in the Danube from. 10 km past the Ipoly Esztergom flows into the Danube from. In this river border with Slovakia bends to the north.
In the capricious bend of the Danube Bend are located on the left bank of the west in succession the villages Zebegény, Nagymaros, Kismaros, Véroce and ultimately the city Vác. On the right bank are Dömös and
Visegrád , which is a boat service. In Kisoroszi and Dunabogdány down there right off a tributary of the Danube, Szentendrei Danube, which is 50 km away again merges with the actual Danube in the northern district Békásmegyer of Budapest.

Esztergom > (see our photos via this link )
Esztergom is forming a city in northern Hungary, about 50 km from Budapest and situated on the Danube, which is here the border with Slovakia. It is one of the oldest towns in Hungary. In this episcopal capital of Hungary is also the largest church in the country. The city is the capital of the district Esztergom and has a bridge link across the Danube to connect you with the location on the other side Štúrovo in Slovakia.
The cathedral is 118 meters long and on the west side 40 meters wide. The 72 meter high dome supported by 24 columns. Bakócz built the chapel in the 19th century at the southern part of the church. This old chapel from 1507, was demolished stone by stone, numbered and here and rebuilt. The chapel with red marble-clad walls and a white marble altar of the Florentine Andrea Ferrucci from the year 1519.

Szentendre
The name of the town derives from the St. Andrew's Church which was built here in the Middle Ages. Szentendre is located 20 km north of Budapest. The town of Szentendre has jagged slopes. There are coffee houses, shops and boutiques. At the Fő tér are all listed buildings; they form a motley collection of styles and colors. On the square stands a wrought wrought iron cross of the 18th century. In the houses, most with one floor, lived wealthy merchants and artisans. Now there are shops, boutiques and cafes housed.

Abbey of Pannonhalma
The Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma is located on top of a hill above the town of Pannonhalma. The territorial abbey is historically important and became a symbol of Christianity and Western culture. The Árpádenvorst Géza took at the end of the 10th century the Benedictines the country and showed them the hill as a place to build a monastery. Under his son Stephen I of Hungary was inaugurated in 1001. Pannonhalma has a rich past. Hungarian kings received visitors celebrated here.
The medieval convent was largely restored in the 18th and 19th centuries. The first monastic buildings are only some walls of the crypt on. The present church was built on the foundations of the 13th century and the Porta Speziosa, and the door to the column walls of red and white marble capitals of sandstone.

Grotto of Miskolctapolca
Perhaps the most famous thermal baths in Hungary is the Grotto of Miskolctapolca. The name Tapolca is Slavic and means "hot spring". The Miskóc tribe has founded a Benedictine monastery here. In the 18th century followed the Grotto. The caves pool has cured people and others concerned have fun. The volcanic water is at least 30 degrees.

Budapest > (see our photos via this link )
Budapest is the capital of Hungary. The city is located on both sides of the Danube, is the largest city of Hungary. The city was formed in 1873 by the merger of Buda and Óbuda on the western bank of the Danube and Pest on the east bank.

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Vienna > (see our photos via this link )
After our stay in Hungary we stayed 3 days in Vienna at the ibis Wien Messe , a hotel chain with rooms for disabled and superbly located in the city center near the Wiener Prater.

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