The unique character of this Blues Trail section comes from the meeting of three completely different landscapes. You will leave a flat terrain behind and cross the forested hills and valleys of Transdanubian Mountains finally finishing your hike along the densely inhabited lakeside of Balaton. This varied hiking experience is further enhanced by a series of historical sights. Besides climbing up to two castle ruins the trail will take you to an ancient watermill as well. The low-rise Kovácsi-hegy on the outskirts of Zalaszántó is worth at least half a day to discover its special geological formations and exciting gems of culture.
Initially, this is a flat trail with no elevation change along a paved road. You will soon reach the forests with warm climate lining Balaton. The first mount to climb is Tátika where the trail descends to Zalaszántó. Although the Blue Trail passes only at the bottom of the hill with the ruins of Rezi Castle on the top, the view is well worth the climb. Next the trail traverses long-stretching hills with vineyards to reach Hévíz and after a short walk arrives at Keszthely by the lake.
- Medieval Festival and Tournament in Sümeg to gain an insight into the past of the region
- Several formations of basaltic volcanism; the basalt street of Kovácsi-hegy with a detour of 2 hours
- Several castles in different condition; Sümeg castle mostly restored to its original beauty while it takes a little bit of imagination to visualize Rezi and Tátika Castles
- The largest European Buddhist stupa in Zalaszántó inaugurated by the Dalai Lama.
- Thermal Lake of Hévíz – a memorable experience with a continent-wide reputation
- Keszthely nicknamed as the capital of Balaton with range of cultural sights that match this title including Festetics Castle and Balaton Museum
Recommended exits and entries
- Zalaszántó (OKTPH_20_1, OKTPH_20_2): Zalaszántó, Ádám utca bus stop
- Rezi (OKTPH_21_1, OKTPH_21_2): Rezi, autóbusz-váróterem bus stop
- Hévíz (OKTPH_23): Hévíz, autóbusz-állomás bus stop
Rest stopsTurul Vendéglő és Panzió
- The trail passes by active and abandoned stone mine sites. Those greatly interested in geology beware of falling rocks as mining activity has resulted in unstable surfaces.
- Make sure of having sufficient water supply as natural springs are scarce and water sources are available only in inhabited areas.
Tips and hints
Basic equipment: boots, seasonable clothing, water, food. Use Természetjáró app to navigate.
- The train station in Sümeg lies on the Blue (K) Trail.
- The coach station in Sümeg also lies on the Blue (K) Trail.
- In Keszthely set off northeast from the train/coach station along Kazinczy Ferenc Street. Past 300 meters you will reach the Blue (K) Trail.
- Free parking at Sümeg railway station. Easy parking all around the town.
- Free parking at Keszthely railway station.
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EquipmentThis section does not require special clothing or equipment. Be careful in rocky terrain.
- 42 Waypoints
- 42 Waypoints