Tihany, Hungary – 2018 International Finalist
Tihany, the one-time fishing village, has become one of Hungary’s most frequently visited tourist destinations by the end of the 20th century owing to its natural landscape, cultural and sacral heritage.
It is part of the Central Transdanubia Region and is situated in one of the most dynamically developing regions of Hungary in a very fortunate spot, near major development axes. Apart from being part of the planning and statistical regions, the village is also part of Lake Balaton Outstanding Resort Area, which has a unique legal status.
Lake Balaton, i.e., the largest shallow lake of Central Europe, was created approximately 25,000 years ago. The Tihany Peninsula stretches into the lake, dividing it into two basins. The village has approximately 1,385 residents but during the tourist seasons it is flooded by thousands of visitors and tourists every day. The main source of income of the local residents is tourism, as they cannot pursue any industrial or large-scale agricultural activities amidst natural reserves and historic monuments.
The Tihany Peninsula is unique not only in Hungary but also in Europe in a number of aspects. Its special geographic situation, geological and historic remains, rare plant and animal species turn it into one of Hungary’s most beautiful and most protected treasures.
This is where Hungary’s first nature reserve was founded in 1952. In 2003, the Council of Europe granted the Europe Diploma of Protected Natural Regions to the peninsula.
Southern European and sub-Mediterranean features, supplemented by the balancing effect of Lake Balaton against extreme weather conditions have an important role in the climate of the peninsula.
URL : www.tihany.hu