Zala is one of the smallest and least populated Hungarian counties. It lies on the Slovenian and Austrian border, in the foothills of the Alps. Its landscape is dominated by gentle hills and small villages where you can see traditional Hungarian houses.
The capital of the region is Zalaegerszeg, an industrial center that was only formed in the 18th century. Here, you can see several baroque churches and eclectic public buildings. There are also thermal springs used in swimming pools and bathing areas.
The biggest attraction of Zala is the town of Hévíz and the largest warm lake in Europe. On an artificial island there is a sanatorium and spa complex, and on the shores there are public beaches and bathing areas.
In the region you can also find some interesting sights. The most famous is the baroque palace and park complex Festetics in Keszthely. Its original interior has been preserved with a huge library, concert hall and completely furnished representative and living rooms. There is also a carriage exhibition and the only Islam exhibition in Hungary.
Other interesting places include the Batthyány Palace in Zalaszentgrót, the castle in Egervár and the Drawa backwaters, which are the nesting place for many species of birds.