The capital of the northern shore, the town of Balatonfüred is the largest and one of the best-known resort towns around Lake Balaton. Its popularity is largely due to its proximity to the huge 77km lake, and its favourable spot for swimming and all nature of water sports, but is also known for its aerated mineral springs and its Mediterranean climate. Its tourism attraction is a perfect mix of sports, therapeutic services and culture.
Out of the southern (shallow) and the northern (deeper, convenient for swimming and sailing) side of the lake Balaton, the most ancient bath city of Balaton may found in the latter region, which is called Balatonfüred. Baltonfüred is a small town with 13.500 inhabitants. Foreign travellers – may they come here by rail, by road or by boat – start to feel the harmonious blend of past and present at the moment of their arrival. The most typical views here are boats with white sails, the port with the 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, whereas 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 junior open water swimming World Championships was held here, so was the 10km Open Water World Cup a year later, in 2015! The almost 200 km bicycle ride around the lake not only passes by the city, but it is one of its main highlights.
An emblematic building of the city is the heart hospital, where – among others – Nobel prize winner poet, Rabindranath Tagore regained his health. This could have been one reason why he fell in love with this beautiful city, which in gratitude named its most charming esplanade after him. It is from this promenade, where spectators will be able to follow the open water swimming competitions of the FINA 2017 World Championships. The walkway, which has been recently renewed, extends imposingly by the waterside with trees offering shade and winding pathways.
Two outstanding end-summer, early autumn events of the Tagore promenade are connected to wine. The three-week long Balatonfüred Wine Festival is held as of 1932 during the month of August, where all major wineries of the region are represented.
The town was inhabited already when the Romans conquered parts of Hungary. The town is infinitely rich in historic memorial places. These were mostly renovated and restored. It may happen that some of these have been appointed different roles nowadays than their original one but they are part of our cultural life anyway. There are numerous villas and mansions in the town that contributed to the special beauty of Balatonfüred and made the town famous in faraway places of the earth. The old part of the town that used to be a village has numerous old houses that belong to the national heritage.