The Hungarian Guide - Investing and retiring in Hungary

  • A stunning capital with unique setting A stunning capital with unique setting
  • walking and birdwatching paradise walking and birdwatching paradise
  • undisturbed nature rich in rare species undisturbed nature rich in rare species
  • enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track
  • Teeming with History Teeming with History
  • over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes
  • picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb
  • Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit
  • Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer
  • Tranquil Lake Balaton Tranquil Lake Balaton
  • Lush rolling hills of western Hungary Lush rolling hills of western Hungary
  • buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000.. buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000..
  • horsemen and nature lovers paradise horsemen and nature lovers paradise
  • Europe's second largest freshwater lake Europe's second largest freshwater lake
  • A paradise for watersport enthusiasts A paradise for watersport enthusiasts
  • Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature

Skiing

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There are 5 ski slopes in Epleny, just north of Veszprém approximately 45 minutes drive north of Lake Balaton and during the winter months remain open 9am to 9pm daily. Two of the slopes are lit and there are five ski lifts along with snow machines which are used as necessary.

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The facility located on Eplény’s Ámos Hill can accommodate 400 to 500 skiers with four and a half kilometres of ski runs with altitudes of up to 1000m. Over recent years the three old slopes have been extended and two new ones built, including a 120-meter training slope. The facility’s five lifts can carry 3,000 people every hour.

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As well as skiing, snowboarding and sleighing are also popular.

The cost of skiing in Hungary is very inexpensive with a half day ski pass costing less than £10 / €12  which is considerably less than the nearby Austrian resorts.

Austrian Ski Resorts

There are four popular Austrian ski resorts close to the Hungarian border:
Mönichkirchen – Mariensee Skischaukel offers three 4-seater chairlifts and a draglift, with a vertical drop of around 2000 feet (580m).Altitude: 880m  www.schischaukel.net

Semmering boasts 1 gondola, one chairlift and a draglift and a vertical drop of just over 1000 feet
(336m). Altitude: 1000m www.zauberberg.at and www.hirschenkogel.at

St Corona am Wechsel ski area offers two chairlifts and a draglift with a total altitude difference of just under 2000 feet (570m). Altitude:850m www.corona.at

Raxseilbahn is in the same area but the web site is only in German and Hungarian www.raxseilbahn.comThe Tatras mountains in Slovakia are approx 4 hrs away for excellent low cost skiing. Low Tatra (Jasna), High Tatra (Strbske Pleso, Tatranska Lomnica).

Frozen Balaton by BudapestDundee

Frozen Balaton by BudapestDundee

During the winter months Lake Balaton freezes over and becomes Europe’s largest skating rink.

As well as ice skating, sail skating ( a small sail boat with blades & propelled by wind ) is popular.