Marcali is a town in Somogy county, the seat of the Marcali district. It is located 14 km south of Lake Balaton, next to the main road 68 and the Somogyszob – Balatonszentgyörgy railway wing line No. 37. (Passenger traffic on the line has been suspended since 13 December 2009.)

Prior to December 2014, Main Road 68 passed through downtown, but since then, the main road has been avoiding populated areas from the east; the old route through the city has since been numbered 682 as a secondary main road.

From the east, from the direction of the Lengyeltót catchment area (from Öreglak-Nikla) the road 6704 leads to the city, towards the Nagykanizsa catchment area (Zalakomár and Galambok) the road 6805 starts from here, and its western neighbor, Somogysámson ) is available on road 6818.

From the point of view of viticulture and winemaking, the settlement is part of the Balatonboglár wine region.



Marcali was the ancient property of the Marczali family from the Péc clan. His name was first mentioned in a Latin charter dated 1274. Between 1332 and 1337 it was also mentioned in the papal tithe register, so it was already a church place, in 1455 the parish church dedicated to St. Aniamus and the Pauline monastery built in honor of St. Dominic in addition to the city were mentioned in the diplomas. In 1448 he could already enjoy city privileges, and in 1494 he also had a school.

In 1488, after the death of László Marczali, the settlement became the property of the Báthori family.

It was the district seat during the Turkish occupation, but the fortress here fell into Turkish hands only after the fall of Szigetvár in 1566. The Turkish treasury tax register of 1563 then listed 35 houses here, followed by 1573–1574. The head tax register of 2006 included the following parts of the city: Újfalu 33 houses, Felső-utcza or Benács-utcza 18 houses, Alsó-utcza 19 houses, Felső-utcza 5 houses. Eresznek (Érsek-utcza) 10 houses.

In the Hungarian royal tax register between 1598 and 1599 it belonged to the castle of Babócsa, and in 1626–1627 it was already mentioned as the property of Pál Nádasdy.

In 1660, he was already mentioned in the Pannonhalma Archabbey's tithe ransom register as an accessory of St. George's Castle.

In 1677, Archbishop György Széchenyi of Kalocsa won a donation from the king, and between 1715 and 1733 it became the property of Count Zsigmond Széchenyi.

On August 24, 1772, he was granted a patent for holding national fairs, and on April 28, 1820, for holding weekly fairs.

Its first pharmacy was founded in 1797 by János Duliczky (1769–1823), a pharmacist from Duliczi, under the name "Trinity". János Duliczky's reputation as a selfless future was known: "his noble act, according to which, once upon a time in the said (Somogy) County and Locality, he was desirous of all the Medicines for the ailing army, was motivated by his neighbor's love. , mod exaggerated by the fact that Somogyvár, located in the said N. County, provided to the inhabitants of Helyscg, in fact, all the desirable Medicines, full of patriotic zeal, 's' physical pity on the needy, without money'. After his death, in 1825, his son, Gábor Kiss (1794–1863), a pharmacist from Nemeskér, took over. The husband of Franciska Duliczi Duliczky (1809–1888) ran the pharmacy until 1863, when their child, István Kiss (1833–1884), a pharmacist from Nemeskéri, became the new owner. István Kiss, on the other hand, sold it to Viktor Kőrös in 1873, and then established a pharmacy called the Savior of Nemesvid.


During the War of Independence and the liberation of serfs in 1848–49, the bilingual population of the settlement joined the ranks of the military team led by Gáspár Noszlopy.

On October 20, 1861, in a great fire, two-thirds of the settlement burned down, and in 1902, in another fire, an entire sheer cremation with 42 buildings.

At the beginning of the 20th century, it belonged to the Marcali district of Somogy county.

In 1910, out of 4,588 inhabitants, 4,559 were Hungarians. Of these, 4,127 were Roman Catholics, 54 were Reformed, and 379 were Israelis. During the Soviet Republic, it was one of the centers of the organization of the revolution.

In 1926, the neighboring village of Nagygomba was added.

Developments that began after World War II made it possible for him to regain his privileges centuries ago. In 1977, it was given the status of a city again, when the neighboring villages of Bize, Boronka and Horvátkút were added.

Within the walls of the settlement, nationally renowned scientists and artists were born and worked. Among others are Henrik Marczali, József Lengyel, Aurél Bernáth.

Marcali was once a military town. It also boasted two barracks. The inner János Hunyadi Barracks and the outer Sándor Petőfi Barracks. Construction of the inner barracks in Marcali began in 1949 and was handed over in August 1951. The barracks was spread over 11 acres in the center of the town and was closed in 1990. There are currently shops, residential buildings and a market on the site of the barracks, and the Local Guard Club operates in the former officer's canteen.

Construction of the outer barracks began in 1950, into which the first military formations moved a year later. The barracks spread over nearly 38 hectares in 1980, with a capacity of 1,500 people. The last military organization moved out of the barracks on March 31, 2001. On this date, the Army ceased to exist in the former garrison.

On December 29, 2014, a new 8-kilometer-long, 2 × 1-lane section of Highway 68 bypassing the city to the east was handed over.