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Kisfaludy lookout tower

Lookout Tower · Balaton · open
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  • Kisfaludy lookout tower
    / Kisfaludy lookout tower
    Photo: Gulyás Attila, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Kisfaludy lookout tower
    / Kisfaludy lookout tower
    Photo: Gulyás Attila, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Kisfaludy lookout tower
    / Kisfaludy lookout tower
    Photo: Gulyás Attila, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Kisfaludy lookout tower
    / Kisfaludy lookout tower
    Photo: Gulyás Attila, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Map / Kisfaludy lookout tower

It would be challenging to find a better spot for a lookout tower in Balaton Uplands than the highest point of Badacsony. The top level offers a nearly unobstructed view over a full range of the greatest natural beauties of the area.

The lookout tower of Badacsony added 18 meters to its height of 438 meters in 2011. The current lookout tower replaced a decaying old one built in the 1960s. The mixed material design includes a steel core with the stairs and a wooden cover outside resembling a giant vase or sandglass.

The 360 degree view is just a little obstructed by trees and photos mounted on the parapet help to identify components of the landscape. The tower has an excellent location to show various landscapes at the same time. We can see the majority of Balaton from Tihany to the Bay of Keszthely with a row of villages on both sides of the lake. Turning around the whole Káli Basin and Tapolca Basin stretches in front of us with its signature buttes and tiny villages. Buttes are mementos of volcanic activity. The ones with a flat top, such as Badacsony, Csobánc or Szent György-hegy have their origins in basalt lava flows.  Basalt lava has a low viscosity, due to its low silica content, resulting in rapid lava flows that can spread over great areas before cooling and solidification. The solid lava forms a protective shield that resists erosion thereby maintaining and demonstrating original surface level. However, the pyramid-like hills with a pointed peak, such as Gulács are not results of lava flow but that of magma stuck in the vent.

The sharp-eyed can even spot some other lookout towers, too. The two basins are bordered by Keszthely Mountains on the west and Bakony Mountains on the north.

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Áron Dömsödi
Updated: February 07, 2019

Public transport

  • Travelling by train get off at “Badacsonytördemic-Szigliget” or “Badacsony” or “Badacsonytomaj”.

Getting there

  • From “Badacsony” train station follow the Blue ▲ (K▲) to the lookout tower. Head east along Egry Street behind the train station. Take the first left towards the hill. At the junction turn left onto Római Street. Head right at Kisfaludy Sándor Street facing the hill again. The trail first bends left and then right to arrive at the edge of the woods. Follow the spur trail to the peak where it merges the Blue (K) Trail. At a rain shelter the trail slightly bends right and where it bends left continue straight ahead to reach the lookout tower (Total distance: 3.2 km, elevation gain 330 m).
  • From “Badacsonytördemic-Szigliget” train station follow the Blue (K) markers to the lookout tower. After climbing Bujdosók lépcsője (Stairs of Refugees) the trail skirts more lookouts and turns back to the center of the plateau to join the Blue ▲ (K▲) spur trail. Head straight to reach Kisfaludy lookout tower in a few minutes (Total distance: 3.9 km, elevation gain: 330 m)
  • From “Badacsonytomaj” train station (and bus stop) follow Blue+ (K+) to join the Blue (K) Trail. Turn left and follow the Blue (K) markers until Blue ▲ (K▲) joins in from the left. Continue along the spur trail to the tower (Total distance: 2.8 km, elevation gain: 330 m).
  • From the parking lot in Kisfaludy Street, Badacsonytomaj hike along the Blue ▲(K▲) until you reach the tower (Total distance: 1.3 km, elevation gain: 193 m).

Parking

  • Park your car in Kisfaludy Street, Badacsonytomaj to get the closest to the hill. Free of charge parking.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Routes through this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
Hiking Trail
5.9 km
2:27 h
314 m
314 m
11.2 km
4:00 h
565 m
565 m
16.9 km
6:00 h
810 m
810 m
57 km
13:00 h
1982 m
1982 m
27.4 km
8:00 h
1275 m
1275 m
47.5 km
14:40 h
1530 m
1390 m
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