Hungary's Lake Balaton. Central Hungary has a prototypical Continental climate, untempered by ocean breezes. July and August on Lake Balaton are steamy and crowded, and winter is chilly and forlorn, but the months from March to June are mild, and fall is magnificent. Each September, the Hungarian Viniculture Foundation sponsors a wine festival in Budapest, with tastings of wines from Lake Balaton and beyond. www.winefestival.hu.