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Balatonfüred

Due to its favourable geographical location, Balatonfüred has become one of the major tourist centres of the northern shore of Lake Balaton. Balatonfüred, which has a long and rich history, is characterised by the organic unity of medicine, culture and tourism. Tourism has played an important role in the life of the town since the 17th century, i.e. the time when the curative power of its spring water became well-known. Bathing in the lake became very popular in the 19th century. After the Treaty of Trianon, Lake Balaton tried to perform the function that the lost seaside holiday resorts had provided to tourists until then. This was the time when Lake Balaton was given the name of ‘the Hungarian Sea’.

The world-famous Anna Ball has been organised on the name day of Anna in July, every year, since 1825. This is the place where Transdanubia’s first ‘stone theatre’ offering performances in Hungarian was opened in 1831, the ruins of which can still be seen in the town’s ‘Small Woods’. The first steam boat appeared on Lake Balaton in 1846. A number of famous people had their villas built in the town, such as Mór Jókai (he wrote ‘The Golden Man’ here), Lujza Blaha, the famous actress, writer Gábor Lipták, violinist Kolos Vaszary, etc.

The Heart Clinic bears witness to the hundred-year-old history of the holiday district, although it was given its final look at the beginning of the 20th century. It is a widely recognised rehabilitation institute that is available mainly for people with heart disorders. Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel Prize-winning Hindu poet regained his strength here in 1926. The famous promenade in Balatonfüred was named after him.
Balatonfüred is really fortunate with its material, intellectual and natural heritage that it has to take care of, so that the town can represent a quality tourist destination in the market.

Permanent programmes:

Anna Ball (on Anna Day – in July), Reform Age Days (in September), Fish and Wine Festival (in June), Vintage Festival, Wine Festival on Vince Day, Jókai Days, Guitar Festival, Salvatore Quasimodo Poetry Competition, Wine Weeks, Sailboat Races (e.g. Blue Ribbon), etc.

Balatonfüred has been the ‘International Town of Grapes and Wine’ since 1987. Viticulture has a long-standing history in the town. During the excavation of a 2,000-year-old Roman settlement, a lot of tools were found in this region, providing proof that wine-growing had been important as early as ancient times. The most characteristic wine varieties: Olaszrizling (Italian Riesling), Rizlingszilváni (Müller-Thurgau), Chardonnay, Muskotály (Muscat), Tramini, Zweigelt. More and more wine-cellars endeavour to make wine-growing a tourist attraction in the life of the town (Figula Winery, Végh Winery, Koczor Winery, etc.). The House of Wines of Lake Balaton (Blaha L. u. 5.) offers all the varieties in one place and provides the opportunity to purchase them. It is worth mentioning two of the major wineries in the region, i.e. the Jásdi and the Söptei Wineries in Csopak, however, there are a number of wine-growers in Balatonszőlős and Pécsely as well.

Balatonfüred has grown to be the centre of sailing. There are a couple of yacht stations in the town available for the lovers of sailing. It is a venue of highly prestigious national and international sailboat races every year (e.g. Blue Ribbon, Blue Fillet, Széchenyi István Memorial Race, etc.).

There are a lot of opportunities for entertainment also for guests arriving in Balatonfüred in search of active recreation. In addition to water sports, the Aqua Park, the go-kart track at the corner of Munkácsy and Germering Streets as well as a smaller adventure park on the Brázai Beach and a bigger such park on the Gödrösi Beach in Tihany ensure unforgettable moments both for children and adults. The 210-km-long bicycle pathway around Lake Balaton offers a great experience for bike lovers. There are several hiking trails available for tourists and hikers to roam the area (e.g. one from the Lóczy Cave to the Koloska Valley, Jókai Look-out Tower, etc.).