One of my favourite places in Balaton area is Buffalo reserve in a settlement Kapolnapuszta near Kis Balaton: I enjoyed couple of hours watching buffalos, marmots, autochtonus cows with majestic horns and free running goats! So quiet here and so few people there was, eved during holiday time!
You should definitely come with kids or even without them if you like that kind of stuff. There is picnic area and two smaller exhibition rooms which will display photos of wildlife from region and stuff to work with used in past, and not even that long ago. Very interesting!
Animals are real photogenic. Buffalos move in herd between shades and meadows, some calling for other members while others move faster in the head of group. They're giant yet gentle, and different than Asian water buffalo - this Hungarian variety has adapted to local environment throughout centuries after they originally arrived from east. And see cows: they proudly wear the pair of horn with such dignity as king wore his crown. Impressive.
For details about visit see the site below.
Sterlet ( in hungarian: kecsege) was caught in Sirály harbour.
The fish which has been counted as indigenous in Balaton sometime, has not been seen for a long time.
The sterlet is generally a freshwater fish that seldom occur in large lakes. The reason of this that the fish likes the clear, oxygen rich waters. Its size usually below 100 cm and 6 to 6,5 kg.
Smaller specimens were often encountered in sandy shallows earlier. Because of its delicate flavour and its bone-free meat it is very popular.
The latter catch means, the water quality of Balaton much better than it was in the last couple of years.
It is really a good news for everybody, who loves the lake and the fried sterlet!!
Kisbalaton means "Little Balaton" and that's what it is: a smaller version of Lake Balaton, some 25 km south of Keszthely. It used to be part of Balaton, but the land in between dried up during the ages and now it's a separate lake and also a protected nature area. A limited part is possible to visit. From the parking lot a bridge leads you to a small island with a small observation tower. There's all kind of birds to be spotted here (and the mosquitos will for sure spot you!)