“On the land of giants…”
Although she is fast asleep with her smaller sisters, she still speaks out her power with her vast build and characteristic summit that forms a truncated cone. She appeals the eyes. Arriving and returning here is pleasure, leaving her is sorrow.
Town Badacsonytomaj of 2,600 inhabitants at the eastern foot of the hill Badacsony. Badacsonytomaj is the centre of Badacsony wine region. Here only the Badacsony species of grape are grown: “kéknyelű”, “szürkebarát”, “Badacsony muskotály”, and riesling. Wines produced here are spread all over the world. Architectural curio of the village is the Roman Catholic church of neo-Roman style constructed of black basalt stones. It was the first building of Europe of this character. Exhibition of the Museum of Regional History is close to the church (12 Fő street). Exhibitions of the fine arts in the community house of the town.
Tapolcai hollow with the basalt hills bordering it provides perhaps the most varied scenery of the country. The southernmost hill of the mountain is Badacsony forming a peninsula in the Lake. Summer cottage of the famous painter, József Egry, at the port; today the house of the “lover of Balaton” is a memorial museum. Greatest sight of the village is Badacsony hill itself. The shape and geological relics of the hill clearly show how volcanic mountains had been developed. Edges of basalt deposit have been continuously destroyed by erosion; this way the spectacular basalt organs and stone sacks had been created. The famous vineyards of Badacsony are located downwards from them, on the rich sedimentary ground. We can get to the Kisfaludy Villa and the press-house and living-house of the poet’s wife, Róza Szegedy on an asphalted road from the port. Memorial exhibition of literature on the second floor of the building with a porch and a thatched roof. A steep path for tourists goes from the Kisfaludy House to Kisfaludy Look-out Tower (437 metres high). Top of the hill is worth walking round for on the western side Steps of Fugitives (Bujdosó-lépcső) go down to the shore.
Wide variety of programmes in summer and autumn in Badacsony. Outstanding events are the Wine Weeks of Badacsony starting at the end of July and the Badacsony Vintage in the middle of September. Folly Botanic Garden with great trees and evergreens offers recreation if you walk to Badacsonyörs.