Where to stay around Lake Balaton?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,663 vacation rentals near Lake Balaton. From 874 Condos/Apartments to 870 Studios, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Balaton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Balaton?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Balaton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Balatonfüred: 569 vacation rentals
  • Keszthely: 636 vacation rentals
  • Tihany: 601 vacation rentals
  • Balatonalmádi: 483 vacation rentals
  • Balatonföldvár: 635 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Balaton! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Balaton?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Balaton:

  • Balatonfüred: 569 rentals
  • Keszthely: 636 rentals
  • Tihany: 601 rentals
  • Balatonalmádi: 483 rentals
  • Balatonföldvár: 635 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

You'll fall deeply in love with these shallow waters

Travelers the world over have a long-standing love affair with Lake Balaton, the largest freshwater lake in Europe. Hungarian aristocrats have been visiting the lake for centuries, but the population at large realized its beauty by the late 19th century and never looked back. All summer long, swimmers, windsurfers, sailboats, and kayaks hum along the lake's warm waters. The forested hills of its northern shore are known for historic sights and lush vineyards, while the southern coast is home to popular resort towns. Whether you're looking for peace or a party, you'll find it at a Lake Balaton vacation rental.

Fun in the water or nightlife at the watering hole

The easiest way to enjoy Lake Balaton is to be on it or in it. You can stroll the shoreline, fish for pike in the shallow waters, or hop your water vessel of choice and sail away. Try a kid-friendly trip through the lake's winding cave system. Several guided tours offer boat rides through these watery wonders, paired with visits to lakeside towns and castles. If adult-friendly fun is more your speed, you can stay up all night in the resort town of Siofok, where clubs play music from dusk until dawn during the summer months.

Fine china and fine wine will make you feel more than... fine

This body of water is more than just a pretty place. If your Lake Balaton vacation rental is close to the Tihany peninsula, you're in luck. It's home to a village perched on a high plateau overlooking the water, and it's also the site of the famous Benedictine Abbey Church, built in 1754. For the connoisseur, there are vineyards in tiny towns tucked in the hills on both sides of the peninsula. After winery hopping, you can take a trip to the Herend Porcelain Factory, where Hungary's finest hand-painted china has been made for over 180 years.

Party in the summer or chill out solo during shoulder season

The climate surrounding your Lake Balaton vacation rental is influenced by the lovely lake itself, which means you'll see more rainfall than the rest of Hungary and fewer temperature extremes. The most popular time to visit is from early June to early September, when high temps hang around the 70s and 80s. The lake freezes in winter but is still beautiful. If you're keen to get a bargain rate and avoid the crowds, but still want to get on the water, early spring and late fall are the best times to book.

Keep an eye out for birds and a safe distance from boar

The lake's shimmering water and the green mountains that surround it make an appealing habitat for plants and animals, as well as people. The Tihany peninsula is a nature reserve of hills, wetlands, and 2 inland basins fed by rain and ground water. These basins attract numerous birds, so strap on some binoculars before you go for a walk. The Balaton Uplands National Park is another place where they'll come in handy. You'll spot birds, but you might also encounter, linx, stag, or wild boar, so be careful!