Perched on the southern shore of Lake Balaton, Siofok is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hungary, with an abundance of hotels, restaurants and bars clustering in its core. It’s home to a variety of family-friendly and cultural attractions, as well as a water tower with a rotating cafe that offers 360-degree views.
Things to do in Siófok
For panoramic views of Siofok and the surrounding countryside, ride the glass elevator that leads to the top of the Siofok Water Tower. Take in the 360-degree vistas from the rotating cafe or peer through one of the terrace telescopes before climbing the tiny staircase that leads to the tower’s peak.
Travelling with kids? They can get friendly with llamas, alpacas and ponies at the Bella Stables and Animal Park, which is a short drive from the town centre. You can ride their resident camels or horses, test your skills at playing “bubble soccer” or enjoy a carriage ride through the vineyards and fields that descend to the banks of the Sio Channel.
For a cultural fix, visit the Kálmán Imre Múzeum, which celebrates the life and work of the famous Hungarian composer. Learn about the legacy of this musical prodigy as you browse the exhibits and personal belongings on display, with the Siofok native going on to become a prominent figure in the development of 20th-century Viennese operetta.
Getting around Siófok
Siofok is just over an hour’s drive from Budapest and 1.5 hours from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Regular trains connect from the Hungarian capital to the Siofok Main railway station while several tourist boats dock in the town’s port. The centre of Siofok can easily be explored on foot.