Sights of Balatonalmádi
Sights of Balatonalmádi
Balatonalmádi is a rapidly developing holiday town near the north-eastern bay of Lake Balaton, on the slope of “Öreghegy” descending to the lake. The town has a 7 km long coastline. It follows a semicircular-shaped peninsula stretching into a lake, surrounded by varied mountain ranges and rolling hills, thus providing the city with an amphitheater-like, unique location.
There are four beaches in the spa town for water lovers. The “Wesselényi” beach is the largest beach in Balatonalmádi with many catering units, recreation and sports facilities. It is located in the central part of the settlement. “Budatava” beach is a shady, well-kept, smaller beach. The big beach and the small beach of Káptalanfüred are located in the western part of Balatonalmádi, they also await their guests with numerous quality services.
Balatonalmádi has many sights and attractions, which makes it worth visiting the city at any time of the year. The “Óváry” lookout offers a wonderful panorama of Lake Balaton, and you can see almost the entire Fűzfői Bay. Going to the lookout or coming, you can't miss the 375,680 steam locomotive that once ran on the Alsóörs-Veszprém railway line, which now commemorates the closed railway line on a bridge made of red sandstone.
The settlement has a history of hundreds of years. The oldest area of today's Balatonalmádi is the medieval Vörösberény, of which perhaps one of the most important historical attractions is the 900-year-old fortified Calvinist church. Architecturally, it is worth visiting St. Imre Church, which is only a 5-10 minute walk from the center. The church, completed in November 1930, follows the traditions of Transylvanian architecture in its external forms, but the Permian red stone characteristic of the buildings around Lake Balaton is decisive in its facade elements.
Handshake Europe Sculpture Park
The sculpture park is easily accessible by car and public transport. By car, it is advisable to look for a parking space in the parking lot of the Pannonia Cultural Center by the road 71 and Petőfi Sándor street or in the parking lot of Wesselényi beach. You should cross the railway crossing 350 meters away to get to the parking of Wesselényi beach.
If you arrive by train, the sculpture park is only separated from the train station by an underpass in the direction of Lake Balaton. The bus station is two minutes away from the railway station.
Pantheon of Balatonalmádi
Balatonalmádi Pantheon (sculpture park of Balatonalmádi celebrities) is situated approx. 500 meters far (a 10-minutes walk) from the Handshake Sculptor Park. It was established in a small park next to the Balatonalmádi Health Center at the beginning of Petőfi Sándor street.
It is advisable to approach it on foot, if you arrive by car, it is worth parking in one of the aforementioned places. Parking is free in the entire area of Balatonalmádi.
In the Handshake Europe Sculpture Park, visitors can encounter both Hungarian and foreign classic sculptures, as well as non-figurative space sculptures.
The history of one of the most beautiful, wooded parks on the shores of Lake Balaton dates back to the time of scientist Dezső Véghely. The very first statues were placed as early as 1902 in the area of today's St. Elizabeth's Park.
In the Pantheon of Balatonalmádi, busts can be find of those prominent persons who did a lot for the development for Balatonalmádi. The park has been opened since March 2018.