Balaton Uplands National Park
The Balaton Uplands National Park is located about 40 km from the town of Zalaegerszeg and not far from the unique Tapolca Cave Lake north of Lake Balaton.
The basalt mountains of the area are not only unique and picturesque geological relics, they are also the habitat of many rare plants and animals. You can find the 337 m basalt spire between Zanka and Monoszlo, from the top the view is beautiful. Other then exploring the nature, the Kaptalantoti farmer's market and the animal farm with traditional Hungarian breeds at Salfold will make your journey even more enjoyable.
The area of 56 997 hectares of the national park consists of different landscape protection areas:
1952 the first protected landscape area of Hungary was created in the most attractive, most varied and scientifically best researched area of the country. It covers 1, 562 hectares, of which 195 is highly protected. The staff of the Hungarian Balaton Limnological Research Institute - founded in 1927 in Tihany - not only studied the biology of the lake, but also did extensive research on the peninsula of Tihany. The gently sloping hillsides, wide mountaintops and basins, flat highlands with spotted karstic elements (e.g. karren fields) characterize the area. A relict of the basalt volcanic activities is the Halom Hill at Mencshely.
It is the most characteristic part of the Balaton Uplands and was granted protection with an area of 9,111 hectares. With its basalt formations and it's stone and rock formations it is a truly unique area to discover.
For hundreds of years poets, novelists and painters have been calling the Badacsony and its vicinity the most beautiful landscape in Hungary with rolling vineyards. One of the greatest achievements of the Hungarian nature conservation movement is that the basalt quarries opened here in 1903 have finally been closed down. The Szentgyörgy and Csobánc Hills were fortunate: their basalt was not found suitable for building purposes, so there are only small wounds on their flanks.
The characteristic bedrock of the forested area is dolomite. On this bedrock typical for the Transdanubian Mountains, the flora and fauna are determined by the special ecological conditions.
The Kis- Balaton is a huge wetland habitat, it is unique in the whole of Europe, which is why it has always been recorded by international nature conservation. It has a very big bird population.
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