Siófok

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Siófok is a town on the south coast of Lake Balaton. The charming little town is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Hungary. The population is around 35,000 people but in the summer season there is another 200,000 people being on vacation at the same time. The name of the city means Cape Sió (Sió is a river bringing water into river Danube).

Understand[edit]

Siófok sunset

Siófok is mostly famous of its huge nightlife and the never ending parties specially in the weekends. The town is often called "the partying capital of Hungary". But it is important to know that outside of the town centre there are many quiet and peaceful beaches and strands for every age groups. The party season usually begins by the start of the summer break at schools and the end of the spring term at universities which is the end of June, early July. The last party events are on the final weekend before the start of school.

  •    Tourinform SiófokVíztorony, Fő tér 11 (Bus station: 150m, Railway station: 350m, Harbour: 800m),  +36 84 315355, +36 84 696236fax: +36 84 310117, e-mail: . Opening hours Jun-Sep M-F 08:00-18:00, Sa 09:00-13:00, Su ? , off season Monday closed and shorter opening time. The Tourist Information office staff-Hungarian and foreign language skills will inform you about accommodation, places of hospitality, transportation, events, attractions, events and services. Here can obtain free publications, shop for maps, guidebooks, tourist cards, book local tour programs, accommodation, tickets for different events. Also here is a mall gift shop

Climate[edit]

Siófok is located on a fairly flat area at the south-east end of Balaton. As the north shore is quite hilly the wind usually hits the south coast bringing some random heavy storms usually in late June but other than that the climate is very hot all summer specially in August when the temperature can go up to 35 degrees in Celsius. People who don't like too hot weather can travel to the lake in May when it is not that hot but warm enough to jump in the water and to get suntanned.

People[edit]

Many tourists come to the city every summer (more and more every year). About 60% of the tourists come from Germany and there is a history of German tourism to Lake Balaton. Many school trips take place in the town with students arriving mostly from Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Poland and Slovakia.

Get in[edit]

Musical pavilon in Siófok

By plane[edit]

There is a small international airport in Sármellék about an hour away from Siófok with flights arriving from many European cities especially London, Zürich, Dublin, Stockholm, Berlin and Frankfurt. The town can be connected to many parts of the World by using Budapest's international airports [1] which are circa 150 kilometers from Siófok.

By car[edit]

Siófok can be accessed directly from the M7 motorway (part of European Routes E65 and E71) or using national route 7, which is passing through the city.

By train[edit]

  •    Siófok Railway stationSiófok, Millennium park 1 /Kálmán Imre sétány 1 (City center),  +36 84 310 061. Cash desk M-Su: 3:00-23:00, International Cash desk Opening hours: Mo-Su. 06:40-19:30. There is a daily train between Venice and Budapest which stops at Siófok (and other cities like Ljubljana and Trieste, by Venezia Experss). The southern shore of Lake Balaton is one of the most important and most visited town Siofok. Three directions as a railway junction, Budapest,Déli pályaudvar railway station, taking about an hour and forty minutes (faster with InterCity Express) all via Székesfehérvár east, Nagykanizsa west via Fonyód and Kaposvár (south) receives from passenger and freight traffic. The Intercity trains also stop in Siofok station, which the Budapest-Nagykanizsa line train. The station in the southern railway line was built in 1861, after the transfer in 1863. - The railway station building in its current form, sometime in the early 1900s was built, which now has a beautiful renovated state Millenium park to admire. Millennium Park was opened in 1994, very cozy, beautiful parks, a lot of plants. And special beauty of the park is not only contribute to the sight of the train station, but the statues and also the evening floodlight. - Services: Café, E-Ticket terminal, Budapest season ticket sale, Luggage storage (Opening hours: Mo-Su: 03:45-22:25, lockers opposite to the ticket cash desk).- The international travel tickets, seat reservation and travel card can be paid in euros. The rest back to be paid in HUF. Cash and credit card payment.
  •    Szabadisóstó Railway Station (East). Domestic Cash desk, Address: 8600, Baross Gábor u. 54 / B., Opening hours: Mo-Su: 07:05-18:25, Tel.+36 40 494949. - Smaller station.

By bus[edit]

  •    Bus Station (Autóbusz-állomás, Kapos Volán), Fő utca 71-81 (Right next to Railway Station),  +36 84 310 220. Kapos Volán is the local bus company. OTP ATM (0-24h), plus CIB BANK ATM

By boat[edit]

  •    Port of SiofokKrúdy sétány 2. Erste ATM near to Ship Station (Loc: Mártírok útja 11. phone: +36 40 222222)

Get around[edit]

Siófok may not have a huge population, but in the summer it is capable of hosting hundreds of thousands of people. As most of the visitors are interested in the Lake Balaton, the city has a length of almost 15 kilometers. The most practical way of getting around is using a bicycle or a moped, both of which can be rented in Siófok for ~8 / ~15 Euros per day, respectively.

Siófok has a local bus system; the local transportation company charges ~1.5 Euros per trip. As the city has four train stops along the Budapest-Nagykanizsa railroad, it is very common to take the train from one end of the city to the city center or to the other end. It is probably the fastest way, although it takes quite a planning as trains stopping at each of the stations are a bit rare.

Taxis have a flat rate which changes from summer to summer. 10-15 Euros per trip is general.

See[edit]

Fő tér (Main Square) with Water Tower
  •    Visitation of Our Lady Church (Sarlós Boldogasszony templom), Siófok, Fő u. 57 (Centre). Church service (Jul-Aug) Sunday and holidays 0, 09.00, 10.00, 19.00, M-F 07.00, 19.00. Winter: Sunday and holiday 08.00, 09.00, 10.00, 18.00, M-F 07.00, 18.00. Visitation of Our Lady Church is a Roman Catholic Church - This is one of the oldest buildings in town. Built in neo-roman style in 1903. Above its entrance door a work of the international-famed painter-artist Endre Muzsinszki ­Nagy (1886-1975) is visible. Neoclassic station paintings of the church were painted by Bela Buky in 1928, while the triumphal arch, in the middle of which Patrona Hungariae is enthroned and receives homage of the Hungarian saints, is made fascinating by paintings of György Leszkovszky in 1938. Stained glasses of the church have been made in the workshop of Miksa Roth. Based on dispositions of the 2nd Council of the Vatican sanctuary of the building has been rebuilt in 1980 according to scene designs of Gyorgy Osztie. The pastoforium is work of a Tyrolean master of the 17th century, the bearded, thorn crowned Christ inclining his head to the right. The largest organ of the whole-Balaton region is also to be found in the church. The instrument was constructed by Frigyes Paulus master organ-builder according to drawings of Sandor Fabian cantor. In the church there are organconcerts organized every summer with appearance of well-known domestic and foreign artists. - Garden: here can be see the Szűz Mária (lit. the Holy Mary) sculpture made by Kling József. The stone statue was erected in 1989.
  •    Lutheran Church (Református templom), Siófok, Fő u.220 (Oulu park) (Close to Hotel Janus),  +36 84 310 549fax: +36 84 310 549. Church service: Sunday and holidays 9.30, 10.00. Imre Makovecz, an architect who has fused the traditions of vernacular architecture with the most modern techniques, designed this truly unusual Lutheran church. As in most of the architect's other buildings, wood, as a natural building material, is dominant. The tower is crowned with a Cross that emerges from the Tree of Life, symbolising that the Cross of Golgotha is not a sign of death rather one showing the path to eternal life. The church has four entrances and 150 seats. The angel wings above its main entrance protect those who enter. Above the east-facing altar László Péterffy's Statue of The Resurrected (A feltámadott) can be seen.
  • Emmerich Kalman Memorial Home (Kálmán Imre emlékház), Siófok, Kálmán Imre sétány. 5 (near to R.S.),  +36 84 311287, e-mail: . Mo: closed, Tu-Fr 10-12 and 13-16, Sa 10-13, Su 10-14 (Jun-Aug). In occasion of the 105th birth anniversary of Imre Kalman, in 1987. a museum was opened in his birthplace in Siófok. The museum's permanent exhibition was held in the ground floor. In the internal corridor can be seen the contemporary Siofok, the mood of the last decades of the 19th century is affected the visitor, where in the summer writers, artists, musicians rest at this bathing place, turned their back on the big city life to get ready to their work. - Subtitles: Hungarian, German Ticket prices: Adult HUF500, reduced HUF250.
  •    Museum of Egg (Tojásmúzeum), Szücs utca 9.
  •    Mineral museum Siofok (Ásvány múzeum Siófok), Siófok, Kálmán I. sétány 10 (Near to the Railway Station),  +36 84 350038, +36 20 5325257, e-mail: . The Carpathian Basin Minerals exhibit: Hungary's largest and finest private collection can be visited city in the center of Siofok since June 1986. Around 3000 minerals can admire in over fifty cabinet in five halls. Each rooms contains minerals from different locations as Hungary, the World, the Uplands (Slovakia), Cavnic (Maramures County, Rumania) and Transylvania. One of the highlight of the exhibit is the collection of mine flower of Transylvania. - Only Hungarian subtitle.
  •    Sio Canal (Sio Csatorna).
  •    The Villa JókaiSiófok, Batthyány u. 2. (Close to Port). The villa was built by Dávid Braun in 1897. The villa’s name reveals that it is connected to the life of one of Hungarians most romantic writers, Mór Jókai. In the year 1903 Jókai spent the last summer of his life in this atmospheric villa in Siófok as a guest of the house owner. Mór Jókai frequently stayed in Siófok and he processed the experiences during the shipping from Siófok to Füred in his novel “Aranyember” (lit. Golden man). The villa served until the end of WW II as a summer residence. - After the War, the house served as a police station, as a music school and also as a centre for the region of Pannonia. In 1995 the house fell back into the hands of private property.
  •    Water Tower +36 30 2448888. Jun–Sep daily 09.00–24.00, Oct–May Mon: closed, Tu-Th: 10:00-17:00, F: 10:00-21:00, Sa: 10:00-22:00, Su: 10:00-17:00. Here is also the Tourinform.
  • Rose garden

Further afield[edit]

  •    Kőröshegyi viaduct (Kőröshegyi völgyhíd) (Somogy county, between Zamárdi and Balatonszárszó, south of Kőröshegy neighborhood). This is an viaduct on the M7 motorway, the longest bridge of Hungary. Runs parallel to the southern shore of Lake Balaton. It was opened to traffic on August 8, 2007. The bridge is 1,872m long and the highest point on the ground level 88m, and the width of more than 23m. The highest pillar of bridge is 80m, the lowest is 18m. 120 meters the longest distance between the two neighbour pillars. Inside of the giant pillars are hollow, in two of them include elevator.

Do[edit]

  • Coke Club (the old Coca Cola Beach House) the main beach resort is the #1 attraction in town. The place offers many activities for visitors to do something more than just being on the sun. These activities include beach volleyball (organised amateur championships as well), swimming pool, streetball court, tennis, ping-pong, water polo and volleyball in shallow water, live concerts on the main stage, excersise shows on the main sandy beach, bars, restaurants, dancefloors all around the resort.
  • Free access beaches are usually less crowded. Families tend to like these better. These are usually less noisy.
  • Galerius Thermal Spa and Wellness Centre Siófok-Szabadifürdő, Szent László utca 183. In the summer of 2006 Siófok's newest thermal spa was opened to put Siófok onto the map of wellness centres in Hungary. The spa was named after the Roman Caesar Galerius and is opened all year. The complex is provided with water from Nagyberény which is circa 15 km to the south from Siófok. Guests enjoy bathing and relaxing in the warm (33-37°C) geothermal water that comes up from 1091 m deep, known for its positive effects on the skin and the bones.
  •    The Imre Kalman Cultural Centre (Kálmán Imre Kulturális Központ), Fő tér 2 (It can be found in the centre, next to the Watertower),  +36 84 311855fax: +36 84 506762, e-mail: . Cash desk opening hours: Mo-Fr 12:00-18:00, and during events. Closed Saturday and Sunday, except during events.. This is the biggest cultural institution of Siófok. The Cultural Centre is suitable for theater performance, cultural display, conference organisation. The establishment satisfies demand of the guests and inhabitants with different festivals, musical genre and fine arts. - In front of the institution is the worldfamous sculpture, Imre Varga’s statuepark: Czóbel Béla (painter), La Charogne (by poem of Charles Baudlaire), Professor. Afore the entrance is a half-lenght portrait to find of Imre Kalman by Gyula Meszes Tóth (1997) and the hydraulic engineer, József Beszédes by Tamás Vígh (1963). It was placed on it’s actual place in 1999.
  • Have a breakfast watching over the new main square of the city, then take a walk to find the local goods and souvenirs.
  • Get on a boat to see Siófok from another perspective, and visit Balatonfüred or famous Tihany.
  • There are several annual sailing races for those preferring competition. For boat rentals go to Siófok Marina to the west from the main port. A 8m yacht from about HUF 30000/day (EUR 120/day).
  • Kite surfing, e-mail: . Is getting very popular on Lake Balaton and there is a beach where everyone can have a go after a quick lesson. For more information get in touch with the providers info@kiteline.hu.
  • Open Air stage (Szabadtéri Színpad), Jókai park 5.. Jókai park is a pleasant park. In the summertime tourists bustling around Petofi promenade where has been placed a monument,-by the Kossuth Prize-winning sculptor Imre Varga,-which depicts Gyula Krudy,-Hungarian writer and journalist,- chariot sat. For tickets ask at Imre Kalman Cultural Centre.
  •    Millenium ParkKálmán udvar (Next to the Station). 24/7. Free.
  • Wakeboarding

Events[edit]

Traditional Hungarian food made by locals can be tasted if you come in August, when the Bogrács fesztivál (Cauldron festival) takes place. Several different types of goulash, Hungarian fish soup are just a few of the dishes you want to give a chance to.

Buy[edit]

Aerial view of the harbour

ATMs and Banks[edit]

  •    Budapest Bank ATMSiófok, Fő tér 6 (Outside Sio Plaza),  Customer service phone number: 06 1 4777 777. Times: 0-24. Languages -: Hungarian, German, English

Stores[edit]

  •    Hernyo Shopping CentreSemmelweis utca 2.
  •    Market Hall-SiófokSiófok, Vámház. u.. Try for some fresh food - Also K&H Bank ATM (Customer service telephone: (06 1/20/30/70) 335 3355) - -
  •    Penny Market (Penny Market diszkontáruház), Vak Bottyán utca 4 (Center), e-mail: . Daily. Discount store chain.
  •    Sio Plaza (Sió Pláza), Siófok, Fő tér 6.. Shopping Center with Erste ATM (Erste customer service phone: 06 40 222222, Credit card, Tele Banking, NetBank attachment: + 36 1 302 5885)

Eat[edit]

  •    Amigo Restaurant and PizzeriaFo Utca 99. Not a Mexican Restaurant despite the name. Open all year round - great pizzas from a wood fired pizza oven. Hungarian dishes too. Very reasonably priced.
  •    McDonald'sVak Bottyán utca 2. Fast food. - Outside is a OTP ATM (Zúgó u. 1, available: 0-24)
  • Sándor RestaurantErkel Ferenc utca 30. If someone feels like having a traditional Hungarian meal with friendly service then this is the place to go. The restaurant can be found just outside of the town centre. It offers party service as well and it has been voted into the top 100 restaurants in Hungary in 2002.
  • Mala Garden hotel and restaurantPetőfi sétány 15./a. This place is a special design hotel and restaurant. On the menu you can find Hungarian specialities and Asian foods as well. The whole building and the interieur has been inspired by the modern architecture of Bali Island.
  • Marcipán Café and Confectionary offers petit déjeuner, cakes, coffees at a reasonable price in the very heart of the city. Address here.
  •    Pap Wine cellar (Pap Pince), Balatonszabadi, Petőfi S. u. +36 70 3399 883, e-mail: . A small restaurant (cap. 20 person). Try some Hungarian food on a half covered garden place. Carte: Hungarian, German. Price level: Middle-class / average.
  •    Strand Snack Bar (Strand Büfé), Deák Ferenc sétány 15-17 (On the Lakeshore).

Drink[edit]

Café Móló, Szent István sétány 1. [2]. Café Móló is one of the most popular bars in Siófok. It's not the cheapest place so it is mostly visited by people over the age of 25. There is a sandy beach right in front of the restaurant so you can enjoy the sunset whilst having a colourful cocktail.
Bacardi Music Café, Petőfi sétány 5. [3]. During the day this terraced place is a cocktail bar and osteria. When the night begins they open the dancefloor in the back and it often ends up in great parties.

Clubs[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Hotel AgroSiofok-szabadifürdő, e-mail: . Hotel that can host 200 people, close to the Galerius Spa. from 15 EUR/night/Person.
  •    Hotel AzurVitorlás utca 11 +36 84 501400fax: +36 84 501427. a modern, family friendly hotel Twin for one / two person(s) €55/110 double for one / two person(s) €49/98 suite for two / three persons €150/226 Local tax: 400 HUF/night/person (18+ years old), Parking fee: 1500 HUF/night/car. Two courses lunc HUF3500 per person(Mid-Season prices) all year action 3=4, 5=7 nights.
  • Caesar apartments and roomsVitorlás u. 9. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. Apartments and cheap rooms in the city center only 200m from the beach
  •    Hotel Janus (BEST WESTERN Janus Boutique Hotel & SPA), Siófok, Fő utca 93 (Center),  +36 84 312546, +36 30 5006315fax: +36 84 312 432, e-mail: . A four star Best Western unit. 18 rooms and 9 suites. Room HUF18000-27000, Suites 23000-42000 (Dec, 2014).
  • Siófok Hotel Lidó (Siófok Hotel Lidó), Siófok Petőfi sétány 11 +36 30 9666042. Check-in: 10:00, check-out: 14:00. Family owned hotel directly at the beach with lake view from hotel room at an affordable rate in Siofok 18 EUR.
  •    Hotel MoloVitorlás utca 16 (Lakeshore next to Hotel Yacht Club),  +36 84 310 047, e-mail: . ***. phone=+36 84 319004. In high season rooms only with half board in other time optional, weekend, single supplement Low Season / Mid-Season / High Season from 8300 / 10 500 / 20000 per person, extra bed 4500-11500 different about season, age and catering.
  • Pater family hotel with apartmentsSiofok Kinizsi u. 11, e-mail: . 2 swimming pools, air-conditioning, restaurant at the beach entrance in the city center. from 15 EUR/night/Person.
  • Solero Hotel in the centreSiofok Batthyany str. 25, e-mail: . Centrally located accommodation with wellness possibilities nearby. from 14-27 EUR/night/Person.
  •    Hotel Yacht Club, Restaurant & BarVitorlás utca 14 (Behind Hotel Yacht Club),  +36 84 310 084. ***. Wellness - Spa, For Trainings, Events, Weddings, Beauty. Low Season / Mid-Season / High Season. Sgl room HUF12200-13800/13500-14 700/15700-16600; Double for one person 14,400/15300/19900; Standard twin HUF9200/10700/11200, Deluxe double 11 000/12200/15800 (prices of weekends are higher 10-15%), Family room for two pers. 12 950/13 950/17500, Adult extra bed and breakfast (apartment also) HUF6000/7000/8000; Surcharge breakfast for children 6-14 years old HUF6000/8000/10000, Half Board HUF4000/4000/4000, Full board (3-course lunch) HUF6500/6500/6500.

Stay Healthy[edit]

Connect[edit]

Cope[edit]

Siófok postal code is: H-8600

Religious Services[edit]

  •    Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church (Szent Kereszt templom), Siófok, Darnay tér +36 84 310 484. Church service: May-Jun Sat 18.00, Jul-Aug Sat 18.00, Sun 8.00. - Sep-Oct Sat 18.00. The church was build in 1998. - Church fests.
  •    Szent Kilit Roman Catholic ChurchSiófok, Asztalos u. 4 +36 84 322977. Church service:Tu, Th at 18.00, Su at 11.00. The church was built in 1801-1804.
  •    Reformed ChurchKele u. 10-13 (Center),  +36 84 311 017.
  •    St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church (Szent Lőrinc római katolikus templom), Siófok, Szépvölgyi u. +36 84 310484. Church service: Sunday at 9.00. The church was build in 1995
  •    St. Peter - St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church (Töreki Szent Péter - Szent Pál római katolikus templom), Siófok, Töreki u +36 84 310484fax: +36 84 310484. Church service: On the first Sunday each month: at 14.00. The church was build in 1990.

Go next[edit]

  • Fonyód — another bigger resort town on the southern lakeshore
Routes through Siófok
NagykanizsaFonyód  W M1 (Hu) Otszogletu kek tabla.svg E  SzékesfehérvárBudapest


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