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Badacsony is a place at the Lake Balaton, where once-upon-a-time volcanoes lava and smoke-filled the valley,  there are many faces of the  lake-side,prehaps for many still aren’t familiar with its beauty. So here goes some places, whereabouts that may be of interest:

The media representatives were invited to join a  study tour and  were taken around the Badacsony area on the regional tourist bus, organised by the Badacsonyi Guild Tourism Association. Rolling along, not just us but the visitors to may also hit the road on the tourist bus, watching this neat city in comfort, without having recourse to fatigue, see the region’s sights and learning where to stop by … to stronger your energy by a sip of local pálinka or visiting the regions wine cellars! This was a two-day study tour, but I only join them on the second day,therefore my update stands for the time being.

Visiting  the József Egry Memorial Museum

Our road led us to a villa, the former home, to-day open as a memorial museum of the famous József Egry, the painter who was obsessed by the shades of the reflections of the lake and the hazy lights, the shades of the water, the countless points of view, as the humans are changing their mood, the Lake Balaton also has its moody days. Beside the Egry images at the Memorial Museum, the world-famous Herend Porcelain Manufactory’s work of art in the same building are also out on display.

Káli Basin on the Uplands Visiting the Folly Arboretum, at Badacsonyőrs

There lays one of the world-famous botanical collection of cedars and cypresses, like the species cedar, cypress species, Syrian juniper (Juniperus drupacea), Sabine pine (Pinus sabiniana) giant pine (Pinus Coulter), coastal giant redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) all collected from their original growing land. Dr. Gyula Folly started to install the plants in the year 1900. Since then the collection had grown over the decades. The beautiful botanical garden, beauty lays in the tradition of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren whom also follow the founder of the garden in protecting nature and showing all these beautiful trees to the visitors who come by to see the world’s cedars and cypresses all at one plantation. Two see it by your own two eyes … 25 Chapel Valley Rd. (Kápolna-völgy út) Badacsonyőrs at Badacsony Northern territory of Lake Balaton.

Out on the Farm

Wish to bring attention to two Hungarian breed animals. One is the Hungarian Duck and here the animal species in a nutshell: this type of  ducks were probably domesticated during the Roman times, but it is also possible that the Greeks or the Chinese were already involved in domestication. The Hungarian duck is considered to be indigenous in the Carpathian basin, its ancestor must be the mallard. It’s existing in white and wild color. Resistant and has a good “seeking habit” that’s why it has juicy, delicious meet.

The other Hungarian animal species is the Mangalica pig and in a nutshell: the Mangalica swine developed in the mid 1800’s in HUngary. In lard production it was the first in. Because of the demand of the fatless pork meet the mangalica became endangered. the whole world. Three variety exists: blood, black and red mangalica.

Pálos Monastery ruin at Salföld

… Just like a fairy tale …Once upon a time a splendid edifice built-in a Gothic style in honor of Mary Magdalene for the Pálos order. The excavation work began in the 60’s, whereas the whole monastery was revealed. There is a charter from 1307 which refers to it as a monastery, at the area of “Köveskút”. The original monastery was destroyed during the invasion of the Turks. probably, the monks took possession of the existing Romanesque chapel, which was subsequently extended by building around their needs. The rebuilt church has unique architectural of the Pauline style.  The church building is orientated to the east, north to join the monastery.  The  full history of the 700 yrs. old Pailine monastery can be followed at:


Visiting the  Istvándy Family owned Winery

They organize professional winery visits for a friendly gathering, family celebrations, combined with the wine tasting. On the spot the visitors may get acquainted with the craftiness of wine making and see the grand landscape of the vineyards with the far ahead Lake Balaton. As we were told, advance booking is needed for visiting the winery and cooking for gastronomy events. All-in-all or on the bottom line the  Istvándy winery is not only engaged with their high-quality, but as the French chateaus or Australian wineries hold wine tastings at the high-level professional events, and their aim is to boost the wine tourism to prosper. Beside the smooth Istvándy wines, they thought about the kids sweet tooth, they prepaid 100% grape nectar. The home-made lunch prepared by Ms. Csilla Istvándy was more than excellent, we were all K.O. Very much enjoyed their 100% care and hospitality.  During our stay we were also told about their family backgrounds … The Istvándy family history has over 200 years history behind them. Way back in the 1800s the family lived in the rural farming area and started beginning to produce grape and wine products which mainly covered their livelihood opportunities. Their Grandpa was a winemaker, his father an agronomist, all had their place at their plantation and jointly worked together.  In the beginning the wines were not bottled with brands, only gave them as a present to  friends. The Istvándy two son and daughter  believes their family is committed to the site’s past and being worthy of its reputation. Emphasis its place on the Badacsony growing wine region, whereas  the unique Kéknyelű grape varieties and characteristics of this region the Grey’s friend and Riesling are like nowhere else in Hungary.

What a marvellous day the Badacsony Tourism had organized for the press and media representatives … Culture … Art … Breathtaking Landscape  … Wine and heavenly food … alittle Garden of Eden … famous Pálinka distillery at Badacsony. These places must be visited, of course not squashing the programs into one day…take your time and enjoy the welcome and hospitality at Badacsony, at the Northern side of Lake Balaton. The region offers locals, tourists, foreigners working, staying in Hungary who love to take a rural holiday, relax, feel the closeness of the nature can meet all these at Badacsony and its surrounding area and gain experiences to remember for a lifetime.

Reaching the final station to the day’s study tour … Renaissance Pálinka House

The Renaissance Pálinka House at Badacsonyőrs reached its success with its magnificent fruits after two years of design work. It is a small family business, by hard work of the husband Tamás and his wife Kati who both operates the manufactory. The Pálinka House construction started in August, 2011 and by March, 2012 have had prepared their own premium spirits.

Even though the Pálinka workshop is considered young in age the Renaissance is all about revival of the flavors, emotions and rebirth of perfect harmony. The magnificent beauty scenery of Badacsony captivated them during one of their holiday trip  to this area and at once they both decided to achieve their wishful dreams by creating their pálinka house. The technology they use is well-known in Hungary, but the Renaissance is about rebirth in  this sence. They use a special technique by which the fruit flavor is even more intense in One senses the spirits enthusiasts.  The grapes and its spelt origin from the vineyards around the territory of the Badacsony Mountains. The distillery procedure can be viewed by the visitors on the spot upon prior arrangement, whereas the superb distillery equipment can be seen in operation during harvesting time and at special orders of wage-cooking.

The couple also holds sales and by pre-reservations having pálinka tasting days-or-nights. They have wide selection pálinka, as fruits as pear, wild pear, apple, quince, ground elder, plums, cherries, apricots, „Irsai Oliver” grapes, these pálinkas are hitting the 40degrees, while the wine base pálinkas are 45degrees. The Badacsonyi Grey Monk Spelt is a real hot-shot with its 55%degrees.

Before we left the Pálinka house Tamás  was glad to say word about the foreigners who have had already visited his House of the Rising Pálinka. Quote:   “Two groups coming from abroad who visited the Renaissance  Pálinka Distillery at Badacsonyőrs was … a group from a Travel  Agency from London,(UK) came especially to the Renaissance Pálinka Distillery to explore and learn about this place, to advertise at the UK travel agencies our pálinka house. They sip samples of the local distillery and of course brought as gifts to take back home. The other foreigner group was from Moskau, the Moskau Gazetta. It was a study tour for the group and made the schedule in advance to stop by this place.  Even knowing their national drink is not a soft drink, but the tough Vodka, they had  made up their sleeves for the “job” in tasting through the distillery’s collection of Pálinka. They admitted  the tasted Hungarian Renaissance Pálinka has several levels that leads up to the RigorMortis, but until reaching that point  the GRAVELYill, EMBOMBed” are still levels one can reach. They seem to be satisfied and jolly well and at farewell they said they are glad they spotted this place at home to be visited and even if only for this one purpose it was really worthwhile to visit  Badacsonyőrs at Lake Balaton, Hungary.

Think, there is no more words to be said … having own experience is the best approval. Worthwhile to drop by, to soak up with the beautiful surroundings and the pleasant fruity taste of the local pálinka and last but not least enjoy, discover the flavors of the real Hungarian kitchen home-made on the spot.  Reservation  in advance is needed (at the moment no English language description can be seen on their website) … so you have to rely upon this update  🙂


Address: 3, Füredi Road, Badacsonyőrs, Lake Balaton – Hungary

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

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