The town of Alsóörs and its surroundings is a tempting destination: the countryside awaits visitors with countless attractions, programs and tourist sites.
Lavender House (Levendula Ház) – Lavender House Visitor’s Centre displays the past and present of the Tihany Peninsula in a way that is entertaining for all generations: the ancient world of raging volcanoes and the harmony of a subsequent peaceful scenery; the centennial coexistence of nature and the people of Tihany and its emblematic culture; the growing of lavenders.
Visitors will find an interactive exhibition, a tea house, gift shop and entertainment park on the banks of the Inner Lake (Belső-tó).
’Kisfaludy’ Gallery – As part of a project called ‘The Gem of Lake Balaton’ the modernization of the bathing site was completed in 2006, along with the reconstruction of the buildings, the park and the old cinema. What used to be the cinema is now the home of fine arts. The Kisfaludy Stage next to the building hosts colourful programs from spring to autumn.
Lóczy Cave – This cave, situated in the western wall of Tamás Mountain, was explored in 1894 and opened to the public in 1934 with its substantial natural and touristic values. Visiting it can be an interesting part of the programs around Lake Balaton. The cave has beautiful, diverse shapes and thinly layered limestone walls that showcase the structure of the mountain.
Villa Romana Baláca – The largest of the known Roman countryside villas (villa rustica) in Transdanubia is located between Nemesvámos and Veszprémfajsz, in the vicinity of Veszprém and Balaton. An amicable geographical environment, such as nearby springs and climate, induced the establishment of countryside centres that were involved in farming, agriculture and husbandry. The accessible area of the garden ruins, maintained by the Veszprém County Museum Directorate, is nearly two hectares.
Tihany Benedictine Abbey Church (Tihanyi Bencés Apátsági Templom) – The Benedictine Abbey Church dedicated to Saint Bishop Aignan of Orleans is considered the symbol of Tihany and one of the most prominent mementos of Hungarian history.
The monastery was founded by Andrew I of Hungary in 1055 and is the undercroft of the church that was erected in honour of the Virgin Mary and Saint Bishop Aignan. It is the only burial site to have remained intact from the time of the Árpád dynasty. The Memorandum of Association of the Tihany Abbey Church is the first written proof of the Hungarian language. Visitors will find the Benedictine Abbey Museum in the Baroque church.
Tihany Benedictine Abbey Museum – The museum of the Tihany Benedictine Abbey Church displays the nearly 1000-year-old history of the monastery founded in 1055 by Andrew I of Hungary. Its permanent exhibitions are: Charles IV memorial room; Baroque-era church; the grave of King Andrew I.
Pele Circuit – The nature trail is free to visit in working hours. You may request a professional guide for the 30-minute walk. In a decreasing natural environment, only species that adapt to mankind have remained. This interactive, entertaining educational walk introduces the animals living and leaving a trace in our surroundings.
Tihany Doll Museum – A wide selection of dolls exhibits various items from a past era along with their original clothing, toys and accessories. Houses with original furniture are also on display.
Panopticon of Hungarian Kings and Priate Museum – The Panopticon of Hungarian Kings offers a brief view into the history of Hungary. Hungarian kings are introduced from the Grand Prince Géza, Charles I of Hungary, Sigismund of Luxembourg, up to King Matthias, but you can also find exhibition material on Charles IV. The experience is complete with period interiors and lighting, and an audio guide. There are lifelike wax figures of famed pirates such as Sir Francis Drake, Anne Bonney and the notorious Black Beard displayed in period interiors, weapons, old coins, and flags (with Jolly Roger as well).
Kittenberger Kálmán Plant and Wildlife Park – The Veszprém Zoo opened in 1958 and was named after the famous Hungarian researcher of the African continent, Kálmán Kittenberger. Most of the animals here are typically European but you will also find several exotic species.
The largest Africa catwalk in Hungary was created here in 2007 in an area of nearly 1 hectare, providing a home to zebras, gnus, antelopes and the white rhinoceros. We can also visit the Bird House and the popular Chimpanzee World, which is one of a kind even in Europe.
Koloska Valley – Nature trail in Balatonfüred (Balatonfüred – Koloska Valley – Recsek Mountain – Balatonfüred -14.5 km)
Veszprém, St George Chapel – Saint George’s Chapel was built as early as approx. 1000 AD, at the time the neighbouring Saint Michael Cathedral was constructed.
Veszprém, Dubniczay Palace – This multi-story building was built in 1751 and was named after its constructor, the prebend Dubniczay. it is still one of the most beautiful buildings of the castle area. The Palace was rebuilt several times throughout its history, therefore its present state represents various construction periods.
Veszprém, St Michael Cathedral – This Neo-Roman Cathedral is the most defining building of the town of Veszprem.
Subsequent certificates regularly mention it as the oldest cathedral in Hungary. It was named after the Archangel Michael, the explanation of which is that it supposedly took some hard-fought battles to convert the inhabitants of Veszprém to Catholicism.
Veszprém, Archbishop’s Palace – This Baroque-style palace is the most significant building of the castle area. It was designed by Jakab Fellner and built between 1765 and 1776. The Baroque pictures in its great hall and chapel are the works of j. Cymbal. This Bishop’s Palace – also the Archbishop’s palace since 1993 – is a masterpiece of Hungarian Baroque architecture.
Fellner designed his typical U-shape building, which was also inspired by the narrow space available. Remnants of old buildings were also incorporated into the Palace; this is when the ruins of the old royal castle disappeared. Its library has approximately 60,000 books.
Margaret Ruins, Church and Monastery Ruins –Ruins of Saint Catherine Dominican Nunnery, or as it is more commonly known: the Margaret Ruins, are situated in the ‘Dózsaváros” district of Veszprém on Margaret (Margit) Square on the banks of the River Séd. If you look down from the heights of the Veszprém Castle, we can see clearly the ruins of the Dominican Nunnery in the valley below the castle.
BalatoniBob Entertainment Park – The BalatoniBob Entertainment Park is located on the northern shore of Lake Balaton, in Balatonfűzfő, in fantastic natural surroundings. It offers day-long entertainment for all members of families with children or groups of friends.
Stone hearts of Balatonudvard – Science is not able to tell much about the origin of the mysterious stone hearts in the graveyard of Balatonudvard, but folk tradition has it that they were created connected to a love triangle of a fisher girl named Veronka, a good-looking stone mason lad and Lake Balaton.