Balatonfüred is the oldest bathing town not only of the northern shore but of the entire lake. The is the largest and one of the best-known resorts around Lake Balaton. Its popularity comes from the ideal location, it is a favourable spot for swimming and all sorts of water sports, but is also known for its aerated mineral springs and its mediterranean climate. A high number of tourists are attracted by this perfect mix of sports, therapeutic services and culture.
The southern shore of the lake is rather shallow, while the northern one is way deeper, (hence appropriate for swimming and sailing) and the most ancient bathing town of Balaton is located in the northern region. Baltonfüred is a small town of 13.500 inhabitants. Foreign travellers – whether they come here by rail, road or boat – start to feel the harmonious blend of past and present the moment they arrive. The view is characterised by the abundance of white sailing boats, the port with Kisfaludy steam ship, Tagore promenade with swans by the lake and of course the splendid Tihany peninsula with the Abbey.
The sailing centre of Balaton is also located here, also, the longest “Tour de lake” sailing competition of Europe, The Blue Ribbon (or Kékszalag as it is called in Hungarian) starts from Balatonfüred. When it comes to sports let us highlight that in September 2014 the FINA World Junior Open Water Championships were held here, similarly to the 10km Open Water World Cup a year later, in 2015. The almost 200 km cycle trail around the lake not only passes by the city, but the city is one of its main highlights.
An emblematic building of the city is the hospital for cardiology, where – among others – Nobel prize poet, Rabindranath Tagore was recovering. It might have been one of the reasons why he fell in love with this beautiful city, where - in honour of him- the most charming promenade is named after him. Spectators will follow the open water swimming competitions of the FINA 2017 World Championships from this spot. The walkway, which has been renewed recently, extends imposingly by the waterside with trees offering shade and winding pathways.
Two outstanding late-summer, early autumn events on Tagore promenade are connected to wine. The three-week long Balatonfüred Wine Festival has been organised since 1932 taking place in August typically, representing all major wineries of the region.
The town had already been inhabited when the Romans conquered parts of Hungary. The town is infinitely rich in historic memorial sites. These were mostly renovated and restored. Some of them are used for purposes different from their original ones but in any case they are part of the culture and life of the city. There are numerous villas and mansions in the town that contribute to the beauty of Balatonfüred and have made the town famous in distant areas, as well. The old part of the town which used to be a village, is rich in old houses constituting national heritage.
Should you look for more water related fun, we recommend Annagora, the only waterpark by Lake Balaton with 12 slides and the biggest wave pool in the country.