A few million years ago, this region was covered by the Pannonian Sea with small volcanoes lying beneath the surface and erupting from time to time. Then, as the sea slowly retreated and dried out and deposits were gradually eroded, what was left behind was the strong and resistant basalt mountains that today are called monadnocks. The village of Szigliget and the castle itself were built on volcanic hills of this kind. These steep monadnocks contribute to the amazing beauty of the region and are also home to excellent hiking trails, wine cellars and smaller castles. Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Hungary and in Central Europe, is the other most important and beautiful component of the Szigliget panorama.
No matter which direction you arrive in Szigliget from, the castle – often called the castle of Lake Balaton – will draw your eyes and you’ll immediately feel the urge to climb up to it. Visitors arriving by car will find a parking area near the castle, so they only have to walk a few hundred metres to get up to it. The basalt mountain here is only 230 metres high, with fortunately only a few steeper upward slopes, but there is bound to be a short queue waiting to enter the castle.