The appeal of the cozy main square around the pond with medieval buildings makes Malom-tó a place hard to leave behind.
The surrounding area has been inhabited for 7000 years and served as town center since the Middle Ages. The creek was dammed even by the Ancient Romans. The estimated date of constructing the mill is the 13th-14th century, however, its predecessor used to work here in the Árpád era, too. The neighboring pond used to have a mill also.
The name “Tapolca” comes from the Slavic “hot water” with reference to an underground spring below the town with a temperature of 18 degrees. That is why the pond never freezes in winter except one year when bauxite mining in Bakony reduced karst water level so much that the spring nearly ran dry. The town sits on the 4th largest cave system in the country.
Formerly, yards of the buildings around the pond used to reach the pond but by today restructuring the square has allowed to walk around and enjoy the unique ambience.
Tapolca railway station is accessible by trains from Székesfehérvár and Budapest running along the northern lakeside and from Sümeg.
The coach station is a regional hub with bus services from various towns in the area.
From the railway station follow the Blue (K) markers towards the park (15-20 minutes’ walk). Cross the park and continue along Dózsa György Street to reach Hősök tere. Continue to the right along Deák Ferenc Street. As you reach Fő Tér just past the public toilet turn right through the gateway to arrive at the pond.
Head east from the coach station along Deák Ferenc Street. As you reach Fő Tér just past the public toilet turn right through the gateway to arrive at the pond.
Paid parking in Batsányi János Street and Nagyköz Street.