Winter in Balatonfüred means peaceful promenades and hearty hikes. Afterwards, even though you can’t sit over a warming soup or hot chocolate in your favourite eatery, you can still pick up a reviving drink or takeaway delicacy and gaze out over Balaton.
Strolls along Tagore
Tagore sétány is a must if
you’re in Balatonfüred, a picturesque promenade along the waterfront with views
of the Tihany peninsula in the distance, topped by its historic abbey. You can
even catch a little welcome winter sun on one of the benches. Look out for the
statues by the lake, of the Fisherman and the Ferryman, and of legendary actor
and yachtsman István Bujtor.
Hot drinks at Zelna
At weekends, the Zelna Wine
Bar offers Takeaway Days, soups, sandwiches, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and
mulled wine to pick up and relax with at your leisure. Plus, if you’re looking
for something home with you from Balaton, there are gift packages of Zelna
products available. ’Füred walkers and hikers are welcome on Saturdays and
Sundays from 9am to 5pm.
Divine pizza at Kredenc
For something quick and
delicious on the hoof, there’s artisanal pizza at Kredenc. In many cases, the
real Italian pizza dough, slowly fermented, is decorated with toppings provided
by local producers, such as Tihany smoked ham or Vászoly cheese. If the weather
allows, you’re close enough to the lake shore for the pizza to be still hot
from the oven by the time you sit down.
Hiking in Koloska Valley
On your own, as a couple or with the
kids, Koloska Valley is a perfect destination to sense the forest around you
rather than promenade concrete. The valley, a short walk from Arácsi út, is best
approached from the Wildlife Park, where deer and mouflon roam. Once you arrive
in the valley, you can take in the Koloska spring, the ancient linden tree dedicated
to writer Béla Hamvas and the basalt rocks which you can also climb. From there,
the ‘Füred forest will unfold before you. If you are looking for a long hike,
you can walk from here to the Tamás Hill lookout tower, and gaze at the whole town.
Delicacies at Villa Delikát
If you’re going hiking or
walking and fancy something to take with you, head to Villa Delikát, a busy
outlet at a major intersection in ’Füred. Here, you can ask for sliced ham and
salami from Italy, as well as sliced Vászoly cheese and a small selection of stuffed
olives marinated in oil and cherry peppers. You can also find special sweets
and refreshments here, and even order a mulled wine.
Blue Trail along Evetes Valley
Blue Trails, which
also cover the Balaton Uplands, take you through beautiful landscapes, but the
smaller sections are usually less familiar to beginners or hobbyists. Such is
one tucked away in Balatonfüred, accessed from near the Jewish cemetery on Régi
Temető utca. From here, following the blue trail, you can take an
easy 50-minute walk and slight descent all the way to the magical Evetes
Valley, where the Hidegkúti-Séd flows, and from where Balatonszőlős and the
homemade takeaway dishes offered at the Szőlősi Kocsma are but steps away.