Balatonfured is a small town with a historic atmosphere on the northern shore of Lake Balaton. Its attractiveness is due to its beautiful location, the healing power of its carbonated springs, the fine, aromatic wines grown in the Uplands, and above all, to the hospitality of the people who live here.The lake has been erroneously spoiled with eels and other non indigenous species which are by now on the decline. The temperature of the water is above 20 degrees Celsius from May to September. The quality of the water is excellent.
The town has two marinas, a string of carbonated mineral water springs, beautiful listed buildings from the middle of the 18th and the 19th centuries and fine restaurants. It has modern hotels and guest-houses to accommodate about fifty thousand visitors in the summer. The nearest villages around Balatonfured are Tihany, Aszofo Balatonszolos and Csopak, all renown for their wine land and beaches. Highway No 71 crosses the town as well as a single track railway line between Budapest and Tapolca. Former large employer in town included the Ship-yard, whereas today the larges employer is the State Heart Hospital, the largest industry is catering and providing boarding and accommodation. The town has a pier, a harbour, a large camping site and several private marinas.
People come here to enjoy the mild micro-climate, beautiful scenery, the local wine, made of Olaszrizling grapes, and sailing and swimming facilities, as well as to revive the two-century-old tradition of socializing around spas, bathing and vacationing. The main events of the two-month-long summer holiday season include a ball for first-time visitors with a beauty contest and a wine-tasting festival, both in August.