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The Badacsony Hill

The Badacsony Hill

Badacsony is one of the most beautiful mountains in Hungary. Its characteristic shape is recognisable from miles away.

 
Its landscape aesthetic and nature conservation importance is demonstrated by the fact that in 1954 mining was stopped and the area was declared a protected landscape area. Mount Badacsony was formed as a result of a single volcanic eruption on the volcanic field that stretches from Tihany to Ság. The volcanic process took place in a terrestrial environment 3.5 million years ago. Badacsony belongs to the group of monogenetic volcanoes.

Most of the volcanic rock of Badacsony cooled down in vertical columns, forming the beautiful columns and towers on the rim of the mountain, including the most beautiful one, the Stone Gate. At the foot of the lava lake, a rocky outcrop of rock from the crumbling of the rocks, known as the "cirque", is visible. A "river of stones" flows towards Lake Balaton. The classic shape of the mountain is an elliptical, elongated coffin, topped by a forest of varied woods. From the border between the forest and the rocky belt, almost to the line of Lake Balaton, the Badacsony vineyards, our pride and joy, line the skirts of Badacsony. In spring, the rocky cliffs are covered with the yellow of the rock ternye, visible from afar, and above them the highly protected ravens are nesting. In the forests and on the rocky meadows, the variegated lily of the valley, the Mediterranean toadflax and the liverworts, which sometimes form a blue carpet in early spring, bloom. Its fauna is also unique. The most typical nesting communities have developed here among the volcanoes of the Tapolca basin, in accordance with the varied ecological conditions. Its most interesting species are the raven, the black woodpecker, the blue pigeon, the catbird... The centuries-long presence of man has influenced the image of Badacsony. The deforestation of the mountain moors has been replaced by the planting of magnificent vineyards. The buildings on the hill were and are essentially used for processing the grapes, and are beautiful jewels of the landscape.


8261 Badacsony, Park u. 14. • +36 87 531 013 • badacsonytomaj@tourinform.hu