On behalf of the Self-Administration of Vindornyalak municipality I welcome all our inhabitants, all those passing through, all guests and all online visitors to this newly designed website of the municipality. Here we would like to offer you insights to all the different aspects of life in our quiet and peaceful village.
On the page of News you will receive notifications of new official documents, appeals, invitations to events and diverse informations (all in Hungarian).
On the page of Council Offices you will find the opening hours of the municipal authority and different public institutions:
- Önkormányzat – Self-Administration contact
- Vezetőség – Leaderships names and contact
- Hivatal – Public Office contact
- Ügyfélfogadás – Public Office opening hours
- Jegyző – Notary's contact
On the page of Council Public Services you will find the address and opening hours of the different public services running by the Council:
- Orvosi rendelés – Medical Doctor´s consulting data
- Gyógyszertár - Pharmacy
- Mozgó posta – Mobile Post Office
- Könyvtár és teleház – Library and Cultural Event Room
Under Informations - Documents you will find theme by theme the official documents, form sheets, appeals, notifications. Documents by themes are : Taxes, Jobs (for the Council), Health Care, Urbanism (building constructions and real estate rules), Gas - Chimney, Waste (household waste and selective waste collection), Dogs (rules to keep, vaccination, etc), Education, Tenders, Municipality (all what the village and communty concern), Water, Others.
The Elections page shows all informations about elections concerning the commune.
The Commission decisions page belongs to the Elections. Here you can find all official documents about the decisions made by the Local Election Commission (Helyi Választási Bizottság or HVB shortly).
Under History you can read the history of the village and all other facts worth mentioning with respect to Vindornyalak, but in Hungarian. The contents of that page are translated here to spare some time for you:
The village name is first mentioned in the year 1358 as „Vinqurna” and in 1558 as „Wyndurna Lak”. The location received its name from a „Lak” (manor house) constructed at the time on the bank of the Vindornya brook. From the 15th century onwards the village became the property of the Hertelendy family, followed in the 16th century by several other families of the lower aristocracy. In 1555 the village was destroyed by the Turks. From 1564 onwards it fell under Turkish rule. In 1584 village inhabitants deserted their homes in fear of the Turks and the village decayed. According to a few historical sources the village was again inhabitated in the 17th century, yet abandoned once more at the end of the same century. Only in 1720 did the village reappear in historical documents as the property of free peasants. In the 18th century, the complete village property was transferred to the aristocracy, most of it to the Hertelendy family; at the end of that century, the area became the property of the Festetics aristocrat family.
The village reached its highest ever number of inhabitants in 1857 with a population of 486; currently it is home to about 100 people. Nevertheless, proximity to the Balaton lake offers potential for village tourism. The village´s largest „treasure” consists of its „Hertelendy kúria”, the manor house of the Hertelendy family. The Hertelendy aristocrat family had owned the Zala region (to which Vindornyalak belongs) for a considerable amount of time. According to old Hertelendy family documents, they already administered Vindornyalak and Pusztalak as a royal tenure since 1524. In the first quarter of the second-last century members of the Hertelendy family acted as the highest administrators of the king in the Zala region. Their richly decorated graves can be found at the Vindornyalak cemetery. The manor house itself was erected by the family around 1780 on a hill adjacent to the bank of the Vidornya brook. The building was renovated by the municipal self-administration between 1992 and 2002 and shows elements of Hungarian regional late baroque style. It is now used as the municipality´s office, with meeting rooms and two separate guest rooms for three guests each. An idyllic location to relax.
The village church was built around 1780 and Bishop Gaspar Hertelendy rebuilt it in classical style. In the church a baroque organ is found, the walls are decorated with Fresco-seccos (mural, his technique is on the contrary of the fresco, on a dry plaster).
The village of Vindornyalak contains several artistically decorated, bourgeois houses erected around the year of 1900. The municipal self-administration has dedicated one peasant house built around 1830 to serve as a small museum; its interior consists of historical artifacts, collected from the village and formerly used by the villagers in their daily life. Sandstone crosses are among the objects of folk art typical for the village. On the southern side of Kovácsi hill, from the Hollókö rock formation above the village, a majestic panoramic view shows the Vindornya valley and the chain of the Zala hills. The village vignard belongs to the wine growing area of Zalaszentgrót and is well known for its wines. The municipality itself belongs to the Balaton lake tourism region. The village is connected to the regional electricity, water, sewage and gas network.
On the Culture page you may find some art works of our village artists.
On the Sights page we show you the best-known buildings, sights and further aspects of interest in our village. On the map, you may also discover some of the attractions in our periphery, namely in the East Zala county and West Balaton lake.
The Accommodations page assists those who would like to spend one or several days in our village to find a lodging. We stand ready to receive both tourists, zen attitude people and business visitors and will welcome them with pleasure. You will not be disappointed!
You find online and newspaper articles and videos about our village on the Media page.
Under the Photo galleries header, you can visit two photo albums :
- Village & People Photos - you will find pictures of the village, its inhabitants, of the village festivities.
- Photos about Nature - around the village, its greenery rich in flora and fauna.
If you too are taking photographs of the village and are ready to share them with us, we will be delighted to upload them onto our website. Please fill out the contact form on the Contact page for this purpose. Due to copyright rules, we may only accept photos taken by you personally, so you must send the photo(s) accompanied by a declaration that you are the author and agree to its/their publication.
Via the Contact page you may reach us at any time. We will be glad to reply to all your questions and requests, as well as accept any comments you might have. We ask for your understanding if replies in languages other than Hungarian will take slightly longer.
Welcome and enjoy our village !