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The viewpoint of Hármashegy, geyserite cone

Viewpoint · Lake Balaton · open
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  • Tihany and Balaton from the rock outcrop
    / Tihany and Balaton from the rock outcrop
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, MTSZ Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The internal basin of Tihany peninsula
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, MTSZ Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The Inner Lake (Belső-tó) and Tihany
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, MTSZ Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Geyserite cones of the peninsula are tangible outcomes of volcanic activities. They also offer great views over the inside of the peninsula, Belső-tó (Inner Lake) and Tihany.

The view from this rock formation clearly reveals the landform of Tihany peninsula: you can see a bowl-shaped depression with a high rim and two small ponds. In clear weather, just beyond Balaton Uplands you may spot Kőris-hegy, the highest peak of Bakony Mountains, with its signature radar station. The viewpoint offers a picturesque view over Tihany and its abbey sitting on the rim. Belső-tó (Inner Lake) strikingly contrasts against the bright green colour of Balaton in the background.

Geysers are accompanying phenomena of volcanism. Past volcanic activity a vast field of geysers were born on Tihany peninsula as magma stuck in the deep interacted with precipitation that oozed through the cracks in the underlying rock and accumulated. Hot steam erupted in the form of large geysers and on the way to the surface dissolved carbonates and silica from the rock. When reaching the surface the solution cooled off and minerals were deposited forming the large white rock formations on the hillside called geyserite.

You may find several of these white rocks on the southwestern and central part of the peninsula. It fundamentally affects local landscape that geyserite is quite resistant to weathering and protects surface level like a cap.

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Updated: April 08, 2020

Public transport

  • Get off the coach (from Balatonfüred or Veszprém) at "Tihany, alsó".

Getting there

  • Head downhill along Aranyház Street to reach the Yellow + (S+) trail (it passes right next to the parking lot). Follow the markers to the viewpoint. It is easy to identify as you exit the forest: this is the only rock formation that reaches over the trees. Accessible via several paths. (1 km, elevation gain: 40 m).

Parking

  • Free parking at the end of Aranyház Street.

Coordinates

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46.902764, 17.881193
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46°54'10.0"N 17°52'52.3"E
UTM
33T 719435 5198389
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14.2 km
6:00 h
530 m
530 m
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4:00 h
288 m
288 m
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14:00 h
937 m
937 m
13.3 km
5:00 h
493 m
479 m
8.6 km
2:45 h
319 m
319 m
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