Veszprém the award winner of “Virágos Magyarország” (Floral Hungary) has represented Hungary this year on the Entente Florale Europe, environmental beautifying challenge in the city category. More Shorter

Other 13 european municipalities have participated in the contest. The international jury has rated the city of queens according to strict requirements on 29th June, but the results have been recently published. On 22th September on the official award ceremony in the city of Tullamore in Ireland Veszprém has won the golden award in the European league, moreover Veszprém has been also rewarded with the Award for the Restoration of a Public Open Space.

Mészáros Zoltán: Világsztárokat terelgetünk a magyar gasztronómia felé

Zoltán Mészáros: Guiding stars towards the Hungarian gastronomy

Thanks to Zoltán Mészáros, the 250 years old downtown building, the Oliva Hotel and Restaurant became one of the most definitive guesthouses in the city. The quality live music provided by this place has given birth to one of the most renowned cultural festivals of Hungary. More Shorter

The Oliva Restaurant in Veszprém had great moments, however in the 1980s the floruit place has fallen into decay. The 250-year-old building has deserved a better future. Zoltán Mészáros has known that, when he bought and restored the restaurant and expanded it with a little hotel, made it one of the greatest guesthouses in town. The quality live music provided by this place has given birth to one of the most renowned cultural festivals of Hungary.

 - When I was a child the Puszta Restaurant, the predecessor of the Oliva was a really hyped place, actors, lawyers came here from the surrounding areas to eat the classical Hungarian dishes - remember Zoltán Mészáros, recalling the whitewashed, wild vine arboured garden was a kind of center of the town’s culture life. Nevertheless, the restaurant was closed after the change of the regime to reborn nine years after, thanks to Zoltán Mészáros.

The Oliva has preserved it’s previous clientele which was expanded by young couples and jazz enthusiasts. The owner usually invited the most famous persons of the Hungarian jazz-life to provide quality live music for the guests. - I can proudly state, that’s the place where the prominent VeszprémFest has come from - he said, then added: the frontman of the late Cotton Club Singers has brought up first, that it would be a good idea to organise a concert for more people. - First we’ve rented the aula of the University of Pannonia and that’s where our road has started to the castle -pointed out.

VeszprémFest is indeed one of the greatest event of the Hungarian Jazz community, where you can find worldwide famous international and domestic performers every year. The gastronomy connected with it has also some specialities. The Oliva provides the most delicate dishes for VIP guests and stars for 15 years now.
- This is a huge, but also an exciting task to us -explains Zoltán and add: We should fulfill the catering requests of the international stars as well.

- To tell you the truth in the past 15 years, we have organised 70 major international productions, and I have a feeling, that they can not surprise us anymore -laughing. - We try to acquaint the foreign performers with the Hungarian gastronomy, next to their specific demands. From Tom Jones to Nigel Kennedy, we could satisfied everyone’s caprice. None the less, we could convinced the Gipsy Kings who were famous for being a french wine lover band, that they should taste the best domestical wines here - emphasize. In the end, it was so successful, that they went home with boxes of Hungarian wine.


Address: 8200 Veszprém, Buhim utca 14-16.
Veszprém Európa Kulturális Fővárosa 2023 pályázat

Veszprém, the Capital City of Culture 2023 application

Veszprém municipality and along with its Bakony and Balaton region is applying for the Capital City of Culture 2023 title. The results of the preparations of the past months will be presented on a press conference on the 4th of October. More Shorter

​Three graphic studios got an invitation for creating the design of the European Cultural Capital City 2023 tender. Their task is to plan the logo, expressing the concept fitting into the spirituality of the keywords “stairs and corners”, “water and wind”, “game and inspiration”.

All the three graphic studios sent several plans and logo drafts to the tender, which evaluation was anonym, where many partners helped to evaluate the drafts (area characters, organisations, representatives, local institutions, members of Council of Arts, specialists etc.) Altogether six logo sketches from three applicants were sent to further evaluation.

The Stalker Studio Ltd. got received the most votes on the audience vote.

The six chosen drafts extended with visual background and concept, and the competition work were evaluated by a jury and an expert group. Based on these, the final logo was designed by the Munkácsy prize winner Gerhes Gábor and his group, the Art-And Bt.

The logo of the competition depicts the cooperation between Veszprém and region Bakony-Balaton, furthermore the positive content of the cooperation. The wave symbol of the emblem depicts the cultural and geographical diversity, their interaction, and blurring. The wave refers to the water of the Lake Balaton and to the hills of Bakony, furthermore the geographical and cultural merge of these two. The logo concept was the plan of the animation planner, Jokesz Anna.

Emphasized concepts:

merging – interaction – harmony – playfulness – landscape outgrowing from water

The Veszprém inscription in the logo refers to the whole (Veszprém) being born from the single parts (letters), following the keyword of playfulness. The official webpage of the project was also designed by the Art-And Bt., and its development was carried out by the Bemind Ltd.

The official webpage of the project:


The official Facebook page of the project:


Interview with the ambassadors:

Furthermore, you may watch a short movie about Veszprém and its regions, presenting the project, and an interview with the ambassadors.

The ambassadors of the Veszprém, the Capital City of Culture 2023:

Freund Tamás, Széchenyi prize winner neurobiologist, university teacher, the member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, vice president of life sciences section from 2014. He studied the cerebral cortex.

Gulyás Péter, Hungarian handball player

Laposa Zsófia, vintner

Laposa Bence, vintner, president of the Balaton Circle

Likó Marcell, Fonogram and Gizella prize winner, leader of Vad Fruttik music group and radio presenter

Mikósa Erika, Kossuth, Liszt Ferenc, Prima Primissima prize winner coloratura soprano singer

M. Tóth Géza, Oscar prize nominated, Balázs Béla prize winner movie director, producer, the founder and leader of KEDD Creative Studio, rector of University of Theatre and Film Arts, the member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Ókovács Szilveszter, opera singer, music critics, publicist, radio and television presenter, chief executive officer of Duna TV between 2010-2011, government commissioner and then director general of the Hungarian Opera House from 2011.

Szakály György, Kossuth and Liszt Ferenc prize winner dance artist, university teacher and the rector of Hungarian Dance Academy

Zoób Kati, fashion designer, founder of Katti Zoób fashion brand. Her work was rewarded with a number of domestic and international prizes.

The city cooperating with its citizens and supporters would like to make the project real. According to the intension of Veszprém, the project focuses on the city’s outstanding cultural mobilising strength and its exceptional conditioned program sites and the travel attractiveness.

They pay emphasized attention to the social role taking in the international and European background of the project.


Address: Veszprém
"The wind is blowing or it chimes in Veszprém"

"The wind is blowing or it chimes in Veszprém"

You may have heard the proverb that in Veszprém the wind is blowing and it chimes all the time. We tried to figure out what this statement means. More Shorter

Veszprém has been a church, episcopal and then archiepiscopal centre since the foundation of the state. We may find a lot of Catholic churches in the city, which chime for a mass and midday for example in the castle, in the St. Michael Basilica Cathedral. Besides the chimes, we can hear the Fire Tower, which plays the Verbunk of Csermák Antal every hour, but it chimes every quarter. From 2015 it plays new songs occasionally.

When we cannot hear any chimes, we can hear the wind blowing. “Veszprém is under rule the northwest wind of Bakony, which characterises its climate and formed its environment and landform. – wrote Cholnoky Jenő, teacher, writer and geographer about Veszprém in his study in 1938. “The citizen of Veszprém knows exactly what the Bakony wind is. (…) When it appears in Veszprém, the population is seized by fear. It is so loud, it shakes the windows, and the streets rumble so fearfully, especially in the Temetőhegy, Jeruzsálemhegy and Cserhát. It is impossible to walk against it. One may go to the end of the castle, where it shakes the building. The clouds swirl rushing in the sky, the air is clear…”

In Veszprém thanks to the Bakony wind the air is replaced many times, so there is usually no smog.

According to the information above, we can say: the wind is blowing or it chimes in the city of queens.

We cited the words of Kovács Győző Gyula in our article. (Veszprémi Szemle, 2013)

Phone number: +36 88 404 548
Veszprém, a kézilabda hazai fellegvára

Veszprém, the Hungarian centre of handball

The ball flies, the net tears… thousands of fans fill the Veszprém Arena, which was handed over in 2008. More Shorter

The second largest rural sport and program hall of the country means the domestic place to the world-famous handball team, to Telekom Veszprém. The man handball team has a bright past and present, which is the city’s pride, since the team has won the Hungarian championship twenty-one times, has won the Hungarian cup twenty-two times, has won the EHF cup Europe twice and has won the EHF champions’ league once. Its home is the Veszprém Arena.

Besides the sport programs the modern establishment grants dance competitions, exhibitions, fashion shows, ice-shows, motorist and horse riding programs, as well. Several stars has presented their shows – like the Lord of the Dance, Boney M, DJ Tiesto – on the stage of Veszprém Arena. The program hall serves as the rain site of VeszprémFest year by year.

Several sports experts, organisers of Hungarian and international congresses recognized the perfect conditions of Veszprém Arena, so many programs like these are organized in the establishment. The exclusive interior decoration carries solutions, like unobstructed spaces, conference rooms, VIP blocks, foyer, it can be the host of international conferences, as well.

We can reach the location from the city centre on foot and by bicycle easily, but the dear guest may arrive from the other part of the world, since it has an own helicopter landing strip and a parking place for at least a thousand cars.

Address: 8200 Veszprém, Külső-Kádártai u.
Phone number: +36 88 688 504
New music from the Fire Lookout Tower


The well-known Csermák verbunk will be presented by the Szilágyi Harangegyüttes from now on. More Shorter

The carillon of the tower does not change first anyway: the first song was played for the first time when the Highlands were reattached, which included seven works, twice a day at 12:20 and 19:20. The 40-minute blocks were selected by Brodszky Ferenc, the headmaster of the music school. The fire tower was in silence during the World War II, and it started over in the ‘80s. The well-known Csermák-verbunk was played in every hour.

Some years ago several people wished to extend the repertoire, and play festive songs during the occasions. The first carillon was audible at the Advent of 2015, and repertoire was extended with some 70 pieces from Händel or Kodály, and even King Stephen from Szörényi-Bródy. The fine-tuning did not stop, the town management have been thinking continuously how they could make the play more unique. These songs could also make Veszprém more individual in terms of tourism – said Brányi Mária, the deputy mayor at the city hall.

As a result of this, the carillon was renewed, which will be live music from now on – said Rostetter Szilveszter, the organ artist, who is making the transcripts.

“There is no change in terms of time and music, the Csermák-verbunk will be played in every hour, but instead of the synthetized bell sound citizens may hear the live version with real musical instruments by Szilágyi Harangegyüttes” – he said. Of course not just the verbunk was reorganized, but all the other festive songs, as well. For example in next March, on the anniversary of the Polish-Hungarian friendship the Polish anthem will be audible.

Albertné Balogh Márta, the leader of the bell band of Szilágyi Religious School said that the nearly 70 recordings were recorded with the help of 12 students, during the summer holiday in the Ferences church. In the supplementary works sound engineer Almásy András and Trieb László helped. The band celebrated its 10th anniversary this September, so they would like to hand over a gift with the renewed carillon to the city of Veszprém.

The music of the Fire Tower became very Veszprém-like, since the Csermák-verbunk and the unique bell band are coming from Veszprém. A new demanding and parochialist performance with personal bonds, which is rich in stories was born – highlighted Perlaki Claudia, the leader of the local government’s cultural group.

The renewed Csermák-verbunk can be audible from the 30th of November


Address: 8200 Veszprém, Vár u. 9.


We have collected the most important pieces of information, if it is the time of a big coastal walk in winter. Here you can see a collection of the best places – you can start organizing the forthcoming spring trips and you may find the destination of your summer holiday. More Shorter

Lake Balaton has got two important characteristic features that everyone knows: the Hungarian sea, and the biggest lake of Central Europe. Of course it has got many other features, such as wines, lookouts, museums, fortresses and castles… all of these can be found around Balaton, and those who would like to ride their bikes around Balaton, they can find their own useful pieces of information, as well.

Hungary’s climate is continental, although many Mediterranean effects can be recognized around Balaton. These make not just the citizens but also the wine growers glad, since the Mediterranean climate offers perfect circumstances for grape farming on the sunny hills of northern parts.

The lake itself is 77 km long, it is the narrowest between Tihany and Szántód (only 1,5 km distance), and we should swim the most between Balatonalmádi and Balatonvilágos if we wanted to swim from the northern part to the southern one, since the distance of the two towns is 12,7 km long.

The development of the cycle track contributed to the upswing of the tourism. The works started in 1993 and the roads were ready to be used in 2002. However several parts of the cycle track require a continuous development, there is a coherent road around the lake – somewhere with a totally built cycle track, somewhere with the roads of coastal towns –, which is 210 km long.

Balaton offers a wide range of facilities both in summer and winter. The local organizations focus on winter as well, so it is worthy to visit the neighbourhood on rainy and cold days, for example because of the baths.


  • Siófok: Galerius bath
  • Marcali: Urban leisure centre
  • Lake Hévíz
  • Zalakaros
  • Alsópáhok
  • Kehidakustány
  • Zalaszentgrót
  • Fonyód – Csiszta bath
  • Igal

Amusement parks:

Families with small children, or those who are looking for adventure may choose from several amusement parks.

  • Zamárdi
  • Tihany
  • Balatonfűzfő
  • Gyenesdiás
  • Csopak
  • Balatonboglár
  • Zalaszabar
  • Nemesvite – Westernpark
  • Rezi Dino Park
  • Balatonfüred – Extreme Adventure park (Extrém kalandpark)

Natural treasures:

Balaton and its neighbourhood has got several natural treasures, for example the thermal water of Hévíz, Kőtenger or the Saint György mountain offer interesting sights for the people. The cave of Tapolca is a rarity for the visitors, where they can go around the cave system under the land with a boat.

  • Lake Hévíz
  • Kis-Balaton (Small Lake Balaton)
  • Kőtenger (Szentbékálla)
  • Saint György mountain
  • Hegyestű (Monoszló)
  • Cave of Tapolca
  • Csodabogyós cave, Balatonederics
  • Lóczy cave, Balatonfüred
  • Tihanyi Barátlakás (House of friends)


Fortresses, castles:

  • Szigliget
  • Nagyvázsony
  • Keszthely
  • Balácapuszta



  • Balatonvilágos: Panoráma kilátó (Panorama lookout)
  • Balatonkenese: Soós-hegyi kilátó (Soós mountain lookout)
  • Balatonalmádi: Óvári lookout
  • Alsóörs: Csere-hegyi lookout
  • Csopak: Endrődi Sándor lookout
  • Balatonfüred: Jókai és Noszlopy lookout
  • Tihanyi-félsziget (Tihany peninsula)
  • Köveskál-Szenbékálla: Fekete-hegyi Eötvös Károly lookout
  • Mencshely: Kossuth lookout
  • Badacsony: Kisfaludy lookout
  • Badacsonyi körút: Rózsakő, Hertelendy lookout point, Kisfaludy lookout, Kő-kapu, Tördemici lookout, Stairs of Bujdosók, Ranolder cross
  • Fonyód: Sipos-hegyi, Valkó, Várhegyi Szépkilátó
  • Balatonboglár: Gömbkilátó (Sphere lookout)
  • Siófok: Víztorony (Water tower)
  • Zamárdi: Kőhegy


Visitor centres:

Besides the previously mentioned programs, visitor centres and museums are waiting for the tourists, where they can look into the secrets of the lavender plantations of Tihany, or they can visit the flora and the fauna of Balatonfüred.

  • Tihany Levendula Ház Látogatóközpont (Lavender House Visitor Centre Tihany)
  • Balatonfüred Balaton élővilágát bemutató ökoturisztikai látogatóközpont (Balatonfüred: ecotouristic visitor centre introducing the flora and fauna of Balaton)
  • Gyenesdiás-Keszhely Természet háza (House of Nature)
  • Tapolcai tavasbarlang (Cave of Tapolca)
  • Badacsonytördemic ökoturisztikai látogató központ (Ecotouristic visitor centre)
  • Zánka Gyógynövény-völgy (Zánka herbal valley)



  • Tihany: Kogart 
  • Keszthely: Balaton Museum
  • Balatonszárszó: József Attila House
  • Balatonfüred: Jókai Mór House
  • Badacsony: Egry József Museum
  • Badacsony: Szegedy Róza House
  • Balatonszemes: Latinovits Zoltán Museum
  • Nikla: residency of Berzsenyi Dániel


Animal parks:

Those who like spending time with animals can choose from several local animal and wild parks.

  • Keszthely – Gyenesdiás: Festetics Imre Animal Park
  • Kápolnapuszta: Buffalo reservation
  • Salföld: Major
  • Balatonederics: Africa Museum


Special vehicles around Balaton:

Last but not least Balaton is really exciting not just on two or four wheels but there are many opportunities for those who would like to try other vehicles.

  • SUP (Stand-up paddle): Tihany, Siófok, Balatonföldvár
  • Dragon boat: Balatonfüred
  • Hot-air balloon: Keszthely-Hévíz
  • Plane ride: Siófok, Balatoneerics
  • Railway: Balatonfenyves-Somogyszentpál
  • Segway: Hézív, Zalakaros, Balatonfüred
Address: Balaton