The life and art of Sándor Kisfaludy had roots running deep in the Balaton Uplands. The renowned poet and soldier was born in Sümeg, and his life of adventures also ended there. His works are abundant in references to the lake. His poems of the local castle ruins and hills: the Somló, Tátika or Csobánc are especially outstanding. Kisfaludy found love with his future wife, Róza Szegedy, during a grape harvest in Badacsony. She would turn him down at first, but his perseverance resulted in a happy marriage that would last for over thirty years.
Beyond the popular Kisfaludy Beach in Balatonfüred, the region’s iconic poet is also the namesake of several restaurants, a lookout tower and a memorial house around Lake Balaton; the first steamboat in service on the Balaton was also named after him.