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Coat of arms of Balatonberény
Coat of arms
Balatonberény is located in Hungary
Location of Balatonberény
Coordinates: 46°42′24″N 17°19′15″E / 46.70679°N 17.32095°E / 46.70679; 17.32095Coordinates: 46°42′24″N 17°19′15″E / 46.70679°N 17.32095°E / 46.70679; 17.32095
Country  Hungary
County Somogy
 • Total 26.09 km2 (10.07 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,200
 • Density 46.45/km2 (120.3/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8649
Area code(s) 85

Balatonberény is a village in Somogy county, Hungary, with a popular nudist beach.[1] The country village had a population of 1,200 in 2011.[1]

There is Hungary's most popular nudist beach


General history[edit]

A late Bronze Age cemetery has been found near the town.[1]

Many of inhabitants escaped to the reed-woods of Small Balaton (Kis-Balaton) close to the village and Lake Balaton when the Ottoman Empire conquered the village.[1]

By 1733 the Hunyady family had become the largest landlord in the area.[1]


The town's first recorded church owned lands was noted in 1332. The Roman Catholic church was built around 1350 and it got seriously damaged during the Ottoman invasion.[1]


The Star Castle (known locally as the Csillagvár) lies at the border with the settlement of Balatonszentgyörgy. The star-shaped, fortress-like building was constructed by László Festetics during the 1820s as a hunting lodge and an exhibition inside the building introduces the life of knights of border castles in the 16th century.[1]

Csillagvár - Balatonszentgyörgy.[2]

Public bathing[edit]

In 1902 there were 170 bathing huts set up in the water, alongside each other across the beach-front as its popularity boomed during the turn of that century.[1]

The hot-water medicinal baths of Hévíz and Zalakaros can be visited by tourists.[1]


The country village had a population of 1,200 in 2011.[1][1]

Population change[edit]

Population Year Source
1,200 2011 [1]
1,155 2009 [3]
1,224 2007 [4]
1,210 2001 [4]


Balatonberény is next to Lake Balaton.

Balatonberény is next to Lake Balaton. The local hills are good for hiking and scenic experiences . A pleasant path goes to the Bokrosi wine-hill that lies above the village, Keszthely Mountain and the monadnocks of Tapolca hollow .[1]


There are 3 main roads, 1 bus-stop and a railway station in the village. The railway gose to Budapest and Balatonszentgyörgy.[5]

The arts[edit]

The Transdanubia Amateur Art Festival is held in July.[1] In summer exhibition of the fine arts in the Painters' House. Village Day is held on 1 May. .[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Hungary - Balatonberény". Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  2. ^ (Hungarian language)
  3. ^ "A MAGYAR KÖZTÁRSASÁG HELYSÉGNÉVTÁRA, 2009". Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Balatonberény". Archived from the original on 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  5. ^ "TérképCentrum". Archived from the original on 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 

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