Keszthely is the biggest and one of the oldest city in the region and is also called as the "Capital of the Lake Balaton".
Not just it's population, but also the cultural, and traditional heritage makes this town worth for this title. Take a walk among the century-old buildings of the inner city, have a walk on the alley beside the lake, drink a coffee in the Marzipan-museum, or visit the Villas of the Helikon Park from the time of the 19th century. The city was under the realm of the count family Festetics for over 200 years, and this had shaped the city's appearance greatly. Keszhtely gave many novelist, poet, artist and Olympic champions for Hungary throughout the centuries. The first agricultural university in Europe was also founded in this city.
Keszthely's biggest attraction is doubtless the lake itself, in the summertime the fans of swimming, boat-sports and yachtsmen visit the lake, while in winter there is nothing better, than a long ice-skating, and then a glass of mulled mulled wine.