Hungarian Jewel: Lake Balaton & Balatonfüred

by Pieter Bruinsma
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  • Location
    Balatonfüred, Hungary
  • Duration
  • Language(s)
    • English


On this live virtual tour We will visit the jewel of Hungarian nature, namely Lake Balaton. Walk along it shores at the historic spa town of Balatonfüred. 

It is difficult to describe what Lake Balaton means to Hungarians. It is their place of rest, their place of escape, their place of fun. For a country that lost two thirds of its territory after World War I and so becoming landlocked, its significance is more that just water and sky.

Lake Balaton also played a crucial role in the cold war. A meeting place for families and spies from both sides of the Iron curtain.

The spa town of Balatonfüred has for over 200 years been a resort connected with health and convalescence. Almost every notably Hungarian historic figure has sampled its delights.

This is 100 miles from the crush and busy city life of Budapest. We will spend a gentle hour getting a feeling for life beyond the big city, and a place of peace and calm.


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Meet Your Live Virtual Guide

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Pieter Bruinsma
Pieter Bruinsma

I'm an Englishman who has lived in Hungary for 32 years. This "island" nation of Hungary is my home. I speak the language. My affection for this country, plus my ability to step outside, allows me to give unique views and perspectives to guests. The feedback I receive from guests, even from Hungarians themselves, is universally positive, as I try explain Hungary as it was, and as it is. 

Note: I am a qualified Hungarian tour guide.

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