Balatonalmádi is a fast-growing, busy holiday town in Veszprém county, near the north-eastern bay of Lake Balaton, on the slope of Öreg-hegy descending to the lake. The nearby county seat, Veszprém, plays a major role in its development. It is the seat of the Balatonalmádi district.

The part of Balatonalmádi is also Vörösberény (since 1971), Budatava and Káptalanfüred.



It is located at the northeastern tip of Lake Balaton, open to the water, surrounded by hills on the west and north sides, which protect the settlement from the prevailing winds by creating a kind of wind shadow. The surrounding hills and mountains contain a significant amount of red sandstone, which was often used in the construction of local houses. Red stone is also preserved by geographical names, mining of the building stone has now been completed, and greater exploration of the mineral has been delayed due to its bauxite content.



Its most important route is the main road 71, which runs for several kilometers along the city. It branches off from this, near the 21,400-kilometer section, the short road 72,803 to Vörösberény; the 7217 road, which connects the settlement with Veszprém and Szentkirályszabadja, and the 4.5 km long road 7218, which stretches to Felsőörs at its 26th kilometer, opens near the 24,500-kilometer section, after a narrow 11 kilometers .

The Székesfehérvár – Tapolca railway line passes through Balatonalmádi, with a railway station (Balatonalmádi railway station) and a stop (Káptalanfüred stop) here. Balatonalmádi railway station handles relatively high traffic, most high-speed trains also stop here, and the Káptalanfüred stop serves significantly less traffic.

Prior to its closure in 1969, the Alsóörs – Veszprém railway line also affected the city, passing through the Káptalanfüred stop and two other stops here (Balatonalmádi Öreg-hegy stop, Balatonalmádi Remete-völgy stop); today, with the exception of a massive railway stone bridge and the steam locomotive standing on it as a monument, not much is reminiscent of the former existence of the latter railway line in the city.



The area has been inhabited since Roman times due to the benefits of nature and its proximity to Lake Balaton. At the time of the conquest, it belonged to the accommodation area of ​​the princely tribe. Almádi's first written mention dates from 1082, Vörösberény's from 1109. In the distant past, among its settlement-forming features, it was mainly (through the soil formed from the Permian red sandstone crumbs) as a wine-growing place.

The registration of members of the Reformed community began in 1735, and that of Roman Catholics in 1749.

The name of the settlement was Almádi until the settlement of the village name at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1909 it became a large village. The resort development of Győr – Veszprém – Almádi-Alsóörs and the Börgönd-Szabadbattyán-Balatonfüred-Tapolca railway, built in 1908-1909, accelerated its development in the resort. The establishment of the Balatonalmádi Bath and Construction Company also had an incentive effect. The shore was landscaped in 1889, its large trees were planted in 1903, it received electricity in 1925, the first beach was built in 1927, which was expanded after 1945 and then in 1964. The construction of its water network began in 1942, and in 1960 its entire area was supplied by the connection of the Mill Valley springs. The development of tourism in the Balaton Holiday District began in the early 1960s, and since then it has become a destination for both organized and family holidays. In addition to its hotel and catering facilities, its recreational and indoor garden areas have grown enormous, which have essentially grown from Csopak-Alsóörs to parts of Balatonfűzfő, Balatonkenese and Balatonakarattya as special holiday agglomerations.

Today, the economic basis of the settlement is basically holiday tourism, and the services and supplies established for this branch of the economy. This is also characteristic of its employment structure, the allergic side of which is seasonality. Through the needs of the institutional system that has become settled here by becoming a city, the establishment of additional and local productive economic organizations, and the extension of the tourist season, this one-sidedness is slowly dissolving.

The attractive impact of the city on the coastal settlement area is realized primarily by its network of commercial service providers and entertainment, in which the private enterprises and privatized economic organizations of the 1990s offer a very diverse offer.

Since the 1980s, the development of the city has also placed greater emphasis on the construction of private and organized housing to resettle the permanent population, as well as the installation of secondary institutions to expand the city's function, including a reputable bilingual grammar school, the country's first such shopping center. Their regional supply-organizing effect is gradually expanding, and the spontaneous agglomeration mentioned above is starting to fit into the normal settlement development framework. Strengthening the city's economy and its urban and resort tourism character requires the development of connections and local services with modern telecommunications and IT networks as soon as possible, which may lead to the emergence of another local economic branch. The urban atmosphere requires constant cultural and cultural services and publications, which can be based on existing local traditions and civic initiatives.