Balatonfured - Abbey Travel, Ireland

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Welcome to Balatonfured


Balatonfured has been the most fashionable resort on the lake since the 18th century when the medicinal centre was established and today people are drawn here on holiday because of its curative thermal waters. The mineral baths are reserved for patients, but the Balatonfured resort area is popular with tourists and there are three good beaches for swimming. The heart of the old spa town is the shady Gyógy tér (Health Square) that has a hot spring in the centre and is lined with 19th century facades. Among its attractions is a peaceful lakeside promenade, several hot springs and small museums.

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Hungarian (Magyar) is the official language, but German is widely spoken, especially in the areas close to the Austrian border. English is spoken in tourist areas and most hotels.

Even though Hungary is part of the EU it does not use the Euro; the official currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Travellers cheques are not widely favoured. Credit cards most accepted in the country are AMEX, Diners Club, EnRoute, Euro/Mastercard, JCB and Visa, and these can be used to withdraw cash from banks and ATMs and to pay bills in hotels, restaurants and most shops. Banks usually open between 8am and 4pm on weekdays and some are open on Saturdays. ATMs and currency exchange machines are available in towns and cities throughout the country. It is advisable to retain exchange receipts for proof of legal currency exchange.

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