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Long Distance Hiking Stage

Keszthely - Tapolca (OKT - 04.)

Long Distance Hiking • Balaton
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Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Bay of Keszthely
    / Bay of Keszthely
    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Buttes of Tapolca Basin
    / Buttes of Tapolca Basin
    Photo: Zoltán Szabó, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Approaching Kő orra
    / Approaching Kő orra
    Photo: Zoltán Szabó, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • 360 degree drone photo with Láz-tető lookout tower, Vállus (bottom left) and Rezi Hill behind. Buttes punctuate the horizon in the background including Badacsonyt and even Somló in the distance.
    / 360 degree drone photo with Láz-tető lookout tower, Vállus (bottom left) and Rezi Hill behind. Buttes punctuate the horizon in the background including Badacsonyt and even Somló in the distance.
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Kő orra (Rock's Nose)
    / Kő orra (Rock's Nose)
    Photo: Zoltán Szabó, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Vállus, main square
    / Vállus, main square
    Photo: Zoltán Szabó, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Stamping location in Vállus (closed down store)
    / Stamping location in Vállus (closed down store)
    Photo: Zoltán Szabó, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Entering Tapolca after a lengthy hike on asphalt
    / Entering Tapolca after a lengthy hike on asphalt
    Photo: Zoltán Szabó, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Map / Keszthely - Tapolca (OKT - 04.)
0 150 300 450 600 m km 5 10 15 20 25 Festetics-kilátó Láz-tetői kilátó Alsó-szőlőhegyi kilátóhely Kő orra Malom-tó (Tapolca)

Buttes of Balaton-felvidék (Balaton Uplands) punctuating the skyline could be the symbols of the Blue Trail section. The trail ascends from vineyards on the slopes of the distinctive hills to the peaks offering splendid views and descends into the depth of chilly wine cellars.

open
easy
27.2 km
7:55 h
551 m
442 m

There may be no other part of the country so much affected by seasonal changes as abandoned lakeside in winter starkly contrasts with bustling summers at the same place.

The 4th section of the Blue Trail enters Balaton Uplands. The trail parallels the lakeside in Keszthely and continues in the woods of Keszthely Mountains to arrive at Vállus on the northern side. Climbing up to Kő orra (Stone’s Nose) the next part of the section shows with Tapolca Basin and the buttes. Passing through abundant vineyards the trail reaches Lesenceistvánd and continues along a paved track to Tapolca.

Author’s recommendation

  • Stunning view over the buttes from Kő orra peak with a short detour north of Lesenceistvánd.
  • Unusual cave tour: Cave Lake of Tapolca by boat and Visitor Center.
  • Lookout on Láz-tető near Vállus with a view over Keszthely Mountains and Tapolca Basin.

Recommended exits and entries

  • Vállus (OKTPH_25): Bus stop “Vállus, autóbusz-forduló

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
357 m
104 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
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Dec

Safety information

Beware of heavy traffic entering Tapolca.

Equipment

Basic gear: seasonable wear, drinking water, food. Use Természetjáró app. to navigate.

Tips, hints and links

Cavern Lake of Tapolca

Start

Keszthely, railway station (112 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.760182, 17.249324
UTM
33T 671767 5180971

Destination

Tapolca, railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

Itinerary

 Follow the Blue (K) marker all along the trip.

  • At Keszthely railway station take Kazinczy Street, which soon continues as Apác Street and Toldi Miklós Street when bending east.
  • The trail turns left in Gyenesdiás onto Balaton Street. Continue to a roundabout and take the first exit (Road 71). Head straight and where the street forks take the street to the left (Hunyadi János Street).
  • Continue straight ahead. The paved track soon changes to a gravel/dirt track as it enters the woods to reach Nagy-mező (Grand Meadow).
  • ATTENTION! TRAIL RELOCATION! Set off from the fitness trail. Pass it and change from the gravel track to a dirt track to the left and then turn right to arrive at a little valley.
  • Follow the dirt track along the valley. The trail bends right. Pass Hatlábú pajta (6-legged shelter) and Csider-kút picnic spots. Take the track on the left and hike 1000 meters to reach a paved road.
  • Turn left to reach the old route of the Blue (K) Trail in a few steps.
  • Turn right to follow the Blue (K) markers. Heading north you will reach the woods after a lengthy walk and arrive at a large field where turn right angle right.
  • Take the paved road and turn left to arrive at Vállus (stamping location). Walk to the village center and head right to exit the village.
  • The trail crosses vineyards of Lesencefalu and climbs to Kő orra peak then ascends to Lesenceistvándra (stamping location).
  • Leave the village southward and head northeast in Lesencetomaj. The trail follows a busy road to Tapolca where the section ends at the railway station.

Detailed description

Keszthely – Vállus

Stamp your hiking log at the railway station in Keszthely. Return to the Blue (K) Trail and take Kazinczy Street (later Apát and Toldi Miklós Street). As you leave the town behind you will soon reach Gyenesdiás. Take the first left and continue 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.

Walk past the abandoned mine pits to reach Nagy-mező picnic spot. Check the view from Festetics Lookout on the peak next to over Keszthely Bay and the town. You can spot not only landmarks in Keszthely but also some other lookout towers in the mountains. Although Keszthely Mountains are below the height to be called “mountains”, however, considering typical shapes of the landscape it would be deceiving to call it “hills”. Unfortunately, recent draughts greatly affected the local Austrian pine stands so clear-cuts due to disease also contribute to the view.

The trail leaves the picnic spot at its western tip along the fitness trail. The trail soon changes to a gravel track. Take the dirt track to the left and past a few meters turn right to arrive at a little valley. The trail slightly descends and head right onto the sandy dirt track. Continue in the valley. Pass Hatlábú pajta (6-legged shelter) and Csider-kút picnic spots. Take the track on the left and hike 1000 meters to reach a paved forestry road. Turn left to reach the old route of the Blue Trail in a few steps and turn right to follow the Blue (K) markers. Heading north the trail slightly descends along Iván-hát and arrives at a tiny village called Vállus. It has a population of around 100 and it is a dead-end village with only one road in and out. The stamper is placed in a metal box at a store (closed down) near the church.

Vállus – Tapolca

Head along the main street until a roundabout with a bus stop. Head right and at the cemetery the trail turns onto a dirt track across the fields near the village. Cross the woods to arrive at the fields and vineyards on the outskirts of Lesencefalu. The trail continues along fenced gardens and crosses the road connecting Várvölgy and Lesencefalu.

Hike uphill among typical vineyards of Balaton Uplands towards Kő orra peak. At a bend the trail offers a nice view over the Tapolca Basin with the town and buttes. At a junction take Blue▲(K▲) spur trail to reach the peak for an overview from the hillside.

After winding on the hill slope the trail takes a sharp turn and starts a steep descent to vineyards near Lesenceistvánd and then enters the village along a wide road. The village has a stamper in Fapados Pub and another in Fatehén Pub.

The last part of this trail runs along paved roads (7 km). First take the road connecting Lesenceistvánd and Lesencetomaj. At the conjunction in Lesencetomaj turn left. Past the village head straight and cross Road 84. At the next conjunction turn left onto the main road (Road 77) and continue to Tapolca railway station. The stamper is placed near the station on the terrace of Lokomotív Pub.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

  • Keszthely railway station accessible by trains from the southern side of Balaton or Tapolca
  • Keszthely coach station accessible from various towns of the country. 
  • Tapolca railway station accessible by train running along the northern side of the lake from Budapest and Székesfehérvár or from West Hungary.
  • Tapolca coach station accessible from the nearest towns.

Getting there

  • In Keszthely head northeast along Kazinczy Street to join the Blue (K) Trail after a 5 minutes’ walk.
  • The railway station in Tapolca lies along the Blue (K) Trail.
  • From Tapolca coach station follow the Red (P) markers to join the Blue (K) Trail at the railway station.

Parking

  • Free parking at the railway stations in Keszthely and Tapolca.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

  • Balaton-felvidék hiking map
  • Keszthelyi-hegység hiking map

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Status
open
Difficulty
easy
Distance
27.2 km
Duration
7:55 h
Ascent
551 m
Descent
442 m
Public transport friendly Tour route Stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Geological highlights Botanical highlights Healthy climate

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