Balatonszemes is about in the middle of the southern shore of Lake Balaton, along the 7th main road, 130 km away from Budapest.
It is located next to the late main post road going south, which made Szemes a key town at the time. The postal service has had a secured post-house here until 1861. The recently renovated building of the Post Museum preserves memory for this part of the town's history.
The village today is characterized by a family atmosphere. The hospitable locals love their village and they always try to keep it nice, flowery and tidy. Among the lake shore communities Balatonszemes has one of the most green spaces, trees and parks.