Free mineral water?
Yes, there are four fountains in Balatonfüred, where you can take tasty, healthy, free mineral water. When we first saw people filling small and large bottles we didn’t understand what was going on. In summer time there might be even long queues and many cars waiting. There are 11 carbonated mineral water springs in Balatonfüred, which is a natural wonder. Many people like to drink this water instead of bottled water. According to the legend, the selfless love between the daughter of the Prince, Helka and Kelen, the poor orphan shepherd boy affected so much the Fairy of Balaton, that she gave the wells to the couple. In reality, already the Romans knew about the springs. Prisca, mother-in-law of the Emperor Galerius spent a few weeks here every summer. The composition of the water differs from one spring to the other, so the best thing is to taste each one to decide on your favorite. This famous natural resource, the acidulous water is medical water. So it’s not only recommended for drinking, but it’s good for bathing too.
#1 Kossuth Lajos spring
You can find it in the center of Balatonfüred, at Gyógy Square, in front of the Hospital for Cardiology. The wall of the fountain is red because of the high iron content of the water. The city nicely renovated the building around the well.
#2 Schneider Spring
This one is on the famous Tagore Promenade.
#3 Berzsenyi spring
You can’t miss it if you go to or from Tihany: it is at the western end of the grocery store parking lot next to the camping. Very close to the roundabout.
#4 Ernő Szekér spring (Polányi fountain)
This is also on the road to Tihany. If you take the road from Balatonfüred, and leave the city, you’ll see a sign ‘Savanyúvíz’ (which means acidulous water). It’s right there, behind the adventure park.