Lovers of nature can roam about Keszthely Hills to seek relaxation in a wonderful combination of quiet landscape, fauna and air.
Varied forests, plants, look-out towers and rest places (Nagymező “Big Meadow” with playground and barbecue site are very popular) make this region attractive for day-trippers.
Nagymező (Great Field) – Festetics look-out tower – Forest sports field
The lowest part of the area (Nagymező) is lying 180 m above sea level, and the highest point (Festetics look-out tower) is situated at an altitude of 235 m on the south-western part of the Keszthely Hills, 2.5 km from Lake Balaton.
Nagymező is one of the most popular beauty spots not only in Gyenesdiás but also in the Keszthely Hills where picnic facilities, tables, benches, a football field and a shelter against rain await tourists and nature lovers.
From the western part of Nagymező you can get to the highest peak of Mt. Kerek on tourist paths where you can find a three-storey look-out tower. From the Festetics look-out tower there is a wonderful view of the Keszthely bay and the rolling hill ridges parted by valleys of various sizes. The forest sports field can also be found in Nagymező. It is the scene of sport events and numerous schools and sports clubs put their pupils and trainees to the challenge here. The 1300 m long sports field which consists of 16 stations awaits both ”the young and the elderly”.
Above the northern end of the vineyards there is a small cave in one of the rocks of the Ló (Horse) Hills which has been called Vadlánlik by people from the neighbourhood for centuries. This is a stone niche created by erosion caused by wind and enlarged by people. At the turn of the 19th century local people used it as a secret schnapps distillery. The hill is covered with a more than 70-year-old wood of Australian pines.
Mt. Kerek (Round), Kűmell (Ördög-szikla – Devil’s Rock)
Kűmell is the name of the peak of the nearly 30 m-high double dolomite rock in the western part of the hills, rising steep above the village at Lőtéri Street. Its ridge and the majority of the hill are covered with a 50-year-old wood of Austrian or black pines. The cliffs can be accessed with great difficulty, which can be the reason why such an unchanged and intact plant vegetation could evolve on them. Of the many protected plants we have to point out the bee orchid and the sand iris with 30-40 flowering pieces each year.
Dolomite nature trail – light cross – Mary statue
The Keszthely hills are made of dolomite rocks. With help of the new signs visitors can learn about the diverse vegetation of the Keszthely hills.
For hiking routes, tips, maps please visit the Tourinform office:
Gyenesdiás, Hunyadi str. 2.