OUTDOOR ADVENTURES andGASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES AWAIT you
If you desire a little more than „dolce far niente” (an italian expression for sweet idleness) this information will serve you well.
Firstly, we hope that our guest house will enchant you so much that you forget about the outside world. But if that’s not be the case, the region has a lot to offer real outdoor people. There are unique places to visit within easy reach by car. We have been mountain-biking for several years now. We have downloaded many routes to share with you which we have already explored. Most of these routes can be done on foot as well and they are just outside the town. There are extensive forests in the Alsóerdő area which have enjoyed protection for decades. If you are a nature lover this is the place to be. In springtime or autumn the Azalea Valley (Azáleás-völgy) boasts beautiful colors. You can walk up to the TV-tower, where an elevator transports you to its 200 ft high Cafe, from here you can see everything around from a bird’s eye view. On the other side of town you can find another popular hiking route called „Horhosok” (you can reach this by bike too) or there is an Arboretum in Csácsbozsok worthy of a visit. If you are a fan of water, you must visit Gébárti-tó. It is our largest artificial lake, situated in the north of Zalaegerszeg. There is even a bike trail which leads to it if you feel like leaving your car behind. You can walk to both ends of this horseshoe-shaped lake on its walking paths that make up part of a bigger and very pleasant recreational area. A lido operates on its peninsula, dragon boats have set up their base here recently and recreational fishing is also possible on the lake. The local craft centre can also be found on its shores. Right next to the lake, a little high up, you will find the Aquacity Adventure Park, and a Thermal Bath. Undoubtedly it is the openair museum that has attracted most visitors from around the world to Zalaegerszeg in the past decades. It’s one of a kind in the whole of Hungary, where you can hang around imagining how life would have been in the 19th century. Peasant’s houses, old farm buildings, a church, a forge and even an ancient watermill can be admired here.
Here is a list of further recreational experiences you can choose from:
If you prefer not to cook while you stay, there is a restaurant serving Hungarian cuisine about 200 meters further up the road, on the way to the centre (Vándor Vigadó). Down at the centre you will have a bigger selection of traditional or fine dining. Our recommendations would be: Tannin Resto, Pedro, Díszpinty Gastro Bar, Contrast Cafe Bistro, Belga (Restaurant and Bar), O’Connors Pub & Steakhouse, Piccolo Brasserie and Restaurant, Terra Incognita Bistro, Park Pizza, Alibi Pub and Pizza, Pro Vita (Reform Restaurant), Czukorka, Exkluzív Dessert, Joy Cafe, Mimosa (Cafe Bar), Kávélabor (Cafe), Fészek Bistro and Pancake spot, Cafe Frei. Some of these will deliver.
If you feel like exploring the area outside of town, Őrség and the Lake Balaton would be good choices. After a trip to Őrség, pop into Pajta Restaurant for a delicious meal. If you are advanced cyclists you can even get there on bikes. Half of the way would be on established bike trails, and you can stop by Vadása-tó, or Brostyán-tó – both lakes off Zalalövő. We’d recommend another lake in the Őrség. Hársas-tó has beautiful surroundings, with
beautiful woodlands nearby.
Among us „zalai” people, as we call ourselves, Hévíz and Lake Balaton are popular places to visit. And with recently built roads they are now also very easy to reach. If sailing is your hearts’ desire we can also help you with that. Another direction to head would be towards Zalakaros. On the way, pop in to Zöld Elefánt Restaurant in Zalaapáti, spend some romantic moments in Kis-Balaton, or spend some memorable time in Zobori Élménypark (Adventure Park). If you want to head south, you can visit another Arboretum called Budafapuszta, a picturesque site with rare tree species even within the whole of Europe. And if you get hungry, you could try Bonne Chance Restaurant in Bázakerettye. Another option within 50km could be the Sümeg Castle. Their Terazza Bistro Bar is a must! Furthermore, a spiritual place can be found in the area, if that’s of interest. It is a buddhist sanctuary and the largest meditation center in Europe is also to be found on this spot. We are happy to give you further advice and ideas!