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Lookout Tower

Festetics lookout tower

Lookout Tower • Balaton
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Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Festetics lookout tower from Nagy-mező
    / Festetics lookout tower from Nagy-mező
    Photo: Sztankó Bálint, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Bay of Keszthely from the lookout tower
    / Bay of Keszthely from the lookout tower
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Keszthely from Festetics lookout tower
    / Keszthely from Festetics lookout tower
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Keszthely Mountains from Festetics lookout tower
    / Keszthely Mountains from Festetics lookout tower
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Nagy-mező below Festetics lookout tower
    / Nagy-mező below Festetics lookout tower
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Austrian pines from Festetics lookout tower
    / Austrian pines from Festetics lookout tower
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Click to see Festetics lookout tower as a whole
    / Click to see Festetics lookout tower as a whole
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Festetics lookout tower
    / Festetics lookout tower
    Photo: Sztankó Bálint, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Map / Festetics lookout tower

The southernmost lookout tower in the hills above Keszthely offers a view over the western bay of Balaton, Keszthely and rolling hills of Keszthely Mountains.

Although just at a height of 231 meters (Mount Varsás) the tower provides a great view over Keszthely and the western bay of Balaton. Water color in the bay differs a little from the signature green color of the lake as its primary tributary Zala River enters here. Both its deposited sediment and less intense streams due to the location of the bay contribute to the darker color.

To the same direction but a little closer an abandoned stone mine shines white in the woods on Pipa-hegy. Turning around some other lookout towers are also visible on low but steep peaks of Keszthely Mountains and hills of Zala County are rolling on the west. Unfortunately, recent draughts greatly affected the local Austrian pine stands so clear-cuts due to disease also contribute to the view.

Festetics lookout tower was renovated in 2000. The wooden structure rises 3 levels high. The meadow (Nagy-mező) at the bottom of the hill lies on the Blue (K) Trail and a steep spur trail (Blue ▲ (K)▲) leads up to the lookout.

Opening hours

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Open all year round

Fee:

Free of Charge

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Áron Dömsödi
Updated: 2019-02-07

Public transport

  • Get off at bus stop “Gyenesdiás, községháza”.
  • Get off at train station “Alsógyenes”.

Getting there

  • From bus stop “Gyenesdiás, községháza” head northeast and follow the Blue (K) and Yellow + (S+) markers (behind the Mayor’s Office, Hunyadi Street) until you reach the woods. Blue ▲(K▲) branches off to the lookout tower and descends to Nagy-mező from the peak (Total distance: 1.6 km, elevation gain: 90 m).
  • From Alsógyenes train station follow the Blue + (K+) markers along Balaton Street. It soon bends right and following the Blue (K) markers leads to a roundabout. Take the first exit. Past 100 meters where the street forks head left (Hunyadi János Street). Following a short hike the trail enters the woods. At a junction follow the Blue ▲(K▲) spur trail to the lookout tower.
  • Park your car at the car park of Nagy-mező picnic spot. Cross the meadow to the west a follow the Blue ▲(K▲) spur trail to the tower.

Parking

  • Parking is free of charge at the shady car park of Nagy-mező picnic spot at the bottom of the hill.
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551 m
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