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Exciting night life, concerts, adventure sports add to the charm of Siófok.
Thousands enjoy the warm water of the free beaches and the shady walkways along the Silver (Ezüstpart) and Golden Shores (Aranypart).
Old but elegant villas of famous Hungarians (Mór Jókai, Frigyes Karinthy, Gyula Krúdy writers) and the stunning view of the Balaton Uplands on the oposite shore provide fine background to beach enertainment COCA COLA BEACH?
If you've had enough of spashing about and sunbathing take a walk along the Petőfi or Beszédes promenades.
The shallow water warms up very quickly during summer and the beaches along the southern Balaton are especially recommended for families with small children.
Siófok's port is the busiest one on the southern shore of Lake Balaton.
Besides the beach the town of Siófok itself is worth exploring. Works of art by famous artists adore its squares, and parks.
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A huge green area, the Millennium Park occupies the town center near the railway station. You can relax here while contemplating the town life and you can enjoy concerts in the evenings.
It seems as if Imre Kálmán composer himself was sitting comfortably in this pavilion in Millennium Park (statue by Imre Varga).
The well-known master of organic architecture Imre Makovecz designed several spectacular buildings like the new Lutheran church in the Oulu park. Works by sculptor Imre Varga native of Siófok stand on several spots.
The 45 m high watertower built in 1912 on Szabadság Square provides a good reference for finding your way around in the town.
The Birth of Venus fountain by sculptor Imre Varga marks Main Square (Fő tér) with the Town Hall and the Cultural Center on the first floor of which temporary exhibitions introduce the Hungarian folk and fine art works.
Imre Kálmán (1882-1953) the well-known operetta composer was born in Siófok, too. Today his hosue operates as the Museum of Siófok (opening hours: 9.00-16.00 admission: ) displaying the artist's piano and personal belongings in an environment revoking the atmosphere of the beginning of the 20th century.
Tip: Pay attention to storm warnings, a flashing yellow signal, because storms from the direction of the Bakony Hills can strike unexpectedly and very quickly on Lake Balaton.
On the main beach the adventurous ones can try bunjee jumping or giant water slides. Jumping castles entertain little kids.
If you're feel like doing other than lying on the beach or splashing in the lake go Go-karting (address: Siófok, Jégverem utca) or try something exciting (paintball, quad, wall climbing, giant 3D ring, dodgem) in the Extreme Sport Park next to the airport.
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Address: Vécsey út 6., in Balatonszéplak (Silver Shore)
Hungarian dishes made in kettle (bogrács), grilled dishes in the evenings.
Address: fő út (main road) 154.
Fish restaurant offering dishes made from tasty fish caught in Lake Balaton.
Price guide:Main dishes: around 1300-2500 HUF
Address: Siófok-Szabadifürdő, Fasor sétány 1/E.
Camelot Medieval Restaurant
Address: Deák Ferenc sétány 2.
Price guide: soups: 700-800 HUF, main dishes: 1500-3000 HUF.
Piroska Csárda (inn)
Address: Baaltonszéplak-felső, along the highway No.7
One of the oldest inns on the southern shore of the lake Balaton offers traditional Hungarian fare.
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Siófok offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year. Certainly most events take place during the busy summer months but spring and autumn also has some interesting programs in stor efor you in Siófok.
Withsun Season Opening Festivities marks the beginning of the tourist season every year with a procession, a beauty contest and a ball .
The events of the Golden Shell International Folk Festival (Aranykagyló Nemzetközi Folklór Fesztivál, at the beginning of every June) introduces other nations folk arts besides Hungarian folk culture.
The International Show-Jumping Competition and the Jumping Derby attracts lovers of horse shows from all around the world.
A range of concerts cater for the entertainment of classical music fans. Besides organ concerts the Catholic church also hosts organ master courses.
Balatonszéplak is build together with Siófok.
Next comes Zamárdi. Several of the houses on the main street of Zamárdi are monuments of folk architecture (Fő utca 83.). One of the oldest has been turned into an Ethnographic Museum.
Tourist track leads to Szamárkő a rock with mystic origin.
According to the story Jesus walked here with his parents Mary and Josef on the back of a donkey. Passing by the rock the donkey wanted to chew on the grass grown on the side of the rock. Hence the name Szamárkő (donkey is szamár in Hungarian). The truth is that the rock is the result of volcanic activity.
The spot however possesses some kind of magical power because archaeological findnings show that an unknown ethnic group performed fertility sacrifices at the rock.
Climb up the lookout tower on the nearby Kő Hill to enjoy the panoramic view.
Tóközpuszta, the former farm center of the Tihany Abbey, welcomes visitors with horse riding and folk programs.
The most noted attraction of Balatonendréd south of Zamárdi is the Kájel Lace House (Kossuth utca 30.m opening hours: , admission: ) where you can learn about the history of lace making.
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