2017. 07. 15 - 21.
Where do you start from?
Out of the southern (shallow) and the northern (deeper, suitable for swimming and sailing) side of the lake Balaton, the most ancient bath city, Balatonfüred may be found in the latter region. The city, which is located 130 kilometres southwest from Budapest has 13.500 inhabitants. 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.
Since the sailing centre of Balaton is located here, the longest “Tour de lake” sailing competition of Europe, “The Blue Ribbon” (or Kékszalag as it is called in Hungarian) also 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.
Should you look for more water related fun, then we warmly recommend Annagora, it being the one and only aqua park of the lake Balaton, which offers 12 slides and the biggest wave pool of the country.