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Lake Balaton... Langos, gulyas, strudel, ice cream.

Explore Hungary's best summer location with us! Visit Lake Balaton, the largest freshwater lake in Europe.

Lake Balaton is affectionately called the "Hungarian Sea" and millions of people come here every summer to enjoy the magnificent lake surrounded by volcanic hills, resort towns and all it's natural beauty.

The ReConnect Hungary participants visit Lake Balaton every year on their birthright trip. This summer, they experienced a typical Hungarian vacation day, starting in Tihany during the annual lavender festival, touring the Tihany Abbey, swimming in the lake close to the Tihany Abbey, and eating giant langos. The next stop was a visit to the Balogh Family winery in Pecsely, where they were treated to delicious wines, bogracs gulyas for dinner and homemade strudel. They visited the Zador Castle ruins through the fields and forests in jeeps making stops to see Hungarian long-horned steer (szurkemarha) and help the local farmers move bales of hay (a surprise for the farmers). The last stop for the day was in Veszprem, a beautiful city near Lake Balaton.

ReConnect Hungary Tip:

Although there are so many amazing beaches and towns along the lake and we do LOVE everything about Lake Balaton- Tihany is our favorite place to visit. It is approximately 2 hours away from Budapest, and there are millions of things to do and see. The view of the lake from the Benedictine Abbey is stunning and the museum is truly interesting. Don't miss the Lavender House or the Paprika House, and treat yourself to lots of really good ice cream (especially lavender).


ReConnect Hungary participants enjoying the view in Tihany

Lucy Kosty, RH'21

My whole life I felt like we were missing pieces to our Hungarian heritage. The only things passed down through the generations were the food and some family stories. After this trip, I feel like I got to fill in those gaps. I have a better sense of what it means to be Hungarian-American and I feel a stronger connection to my great grandfather.

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Madison Jones, RH'19

I got a more thorough experience of Hungarian culture than if I would have traveled by myself...

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Mark Czeisler, RH'18

ReConnect Hungary is an exceptional opportunity to discover aspects of your past...

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