IV. “St Ivan’s Days” at the Lake Balaton


Hungary – Keszthely


19 – 22 June, 2020


from 90 €

Lake Balaton
The “Hungarian Sea”, is the people’s name for the 50-mile long lake with silky green-yellow water in the middle of Transdanubia. Lake Balaton is one of Hungary’s most precious treasures and most frequented resorts. It is also the largest lake in Central Europe.
The region lying west of Lake Balaton occupies a unique place on the map of Hungary. Being the part of an important region from the point of view of tourism, that of Balaton, it is a favourite destination for both Hungarian and foreign tourists. As for its climate, it is a pleasant place, it may have the most predictable climatic character, and rarely do we have unsettled weather. As for the features of the terrain – it is Hungary on a small scale as tourists can find here gentle hills, extended flat plains, rivers, lakes.

The West-Balaton region offering so many pleasant features, it is easy and fast to get to the right spots, as all the traffic routes lead to the places where the curious visitor can find everything that interests him. House with a verandah; it is interesting that all rooms open on the verandah and there is a free chimney in the kitchen. The furniture of the house shows the lifestyle of a wealthy peasant. The exhibition of the House of Regional Traditions is completed by the collection of ethnography. From the look-out tower on Kőhegy you can enjoy a wonderful view of Lake Balaton and the local vineyards. The nearly 3 km long continuous grassy free beach on the lake shore with a wonderful panorama attracts many visitors. The safety of the bathers is guaranteed by the free medical service and a rescue team. In the peak season a free playing house is available for children. Parking is free in the whole territory of the village.
Keszthely, a city of grand town houses perched at the very western end of Lake Balaton is hands-down one of the loveliest spots to stay, far removed from the tourist hot spots on the lake. You can dip in its small, shallow beaches by day, absorb its lively yet relaxed ambience by night and get a dose of culture by popping into its handful of museums and admiring its historical buildings. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Festetics Palace, a lavish baroque home fit for royalty.


19 June 2020
Afternoon arrival at the Hotel, meeting with group leaders and festival organizers, discussing the programs of the next days.
Dinner in the Hotel.
20 June 2020
After breakfast optional program, boat trip on the Lake Balaton
Afternoon pleasant time on the beach or visiting one of the main sight of Keszhely, like
gorgeous Festetics Palace, the Pethő House, Synagogue, Gothic parish church, Georgikon Grange museum, Balatoni Museum, Helikon memorial or any other fascinating place in Keszthely. Climbing the Castle or SzigligetCatle
Dinner, Performance at the main square of Keszthely
Free time, enjoying the night out at one of the open air bars of terraces of Keszthely.
21 June 2020
After breakfast optional program, sunbathing and swimming in the Lake Balaton
wine-tasting, have a nice walk on the Pedestrian Street, or just enjoying the Lake Side Area and the Pier, visit the Doll Museum, Surber’s Museum of Automatic Musical Instruments and Phonographs, the Historical Panopticon, Georgikon Farm History Museum, or have a fun trip with the Sightseeing Nostalgia Train
Dinner, Performance at the Music Pavilion, gala concert, receiving the diplomas and gifts
Free time, enjoying the night out at one of the open air bars of terraces of Keszthely.
22 June 2020
Breakfast, departure of the participants

Further Information

Folklore groups, orchestras, majorettes, modern dance groups, music bands from all over the world
The number of the participants are not limited
No age limits
Number of seats are limited!

Participation includes
Participation in the festival concerts (2 performances)
Diplomas, gifts
Organization expenses
Free entry to the local Balaton beach (https://west-balaton.hu/keszthely/keszthely-strand/varosi-strand-keszthely)
Free entry St. Ivan’s night

Participation fee does not include:
Optional programs
Tourist tax: 2 €/person/day, payment on the spot at the accommodation

Participation fee
Youth Hostel: 90 € euro/person, 4 bedded rooms, shared bathroom
200m from the city center and the local beach
(Additional day can be booked for 28 €/person/day)
3*** Hotels:
Hotel Abbázia: 139 €/person (https://clubdobogomajor.hu/hotel/english/)
Free wellness and spa
2-4 bedded rooms, supplement for a single room is 20 €/person/day
Additional day can be booked for 46 €/person/day
Hunguest Hotel Helios: 149 €/person (https://www.hunguesthotels.hu/en/hotel/heviz/hunguest_hotel_helios/)
Free wellness and spa
2 bedded rooms, supplement for a single room is 15 €/person/day
Additional day can be booked for 49 €/person/day

Application deadline: 30 April 2020

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