Tagore Promenade, Balatonfüred
The promenade on the shore of Balaton was named after the Nobel laureate, Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore who, after being cured at the State Hospital for Cardiology, planted the first tree of the promenade. According to a Hindu legend, if a man of old age plants a tree, he will live to see the tree. Rabindranath Tagore died 11 years later at the age of 80. Since the tree grew really tall similarly to the other trees of the promenade planted by well known people following in the footsteps of the poets.
Besides his memorial tree at the beginning of the promenade, there is a bronze statue of Tagore from 1956 and also a plaque with a poem of his written on the occasion of the planting. The promenade was named after Tagore in 1957, replacing its original name, Ferenc Deák Promenade.
The promenade has other statues and busts besides the trees planted by politicians, poets and Nobel laureates.
The statue at the port of Balatonfüred called 'The Fisherman and the Ferryman' was made by János Pásztor in 1937. According to local belief, if we touch the boots of the figures, we will surely return to the city again. Who knows if the legend is true but the boots have become real shiny for sure.
Every August, the tents of the Wine Weeks are set up, where guests are entertained by acrobats, living statues, musicians. There are also many events here during the Kék Szalag (Blue Ribbon) Round the Lake Balaton Race, and almost all of the larger events take place in the heart of Balatonfüred, the Tagore Promenade.
On the eastern end of the nearly 1 km long promenade is the Esterházy strand. The wide, bicycle friendly promenade starts from there to the west.
To the right, there is a new sight of Balatonfüred, the Bodorka Balaton Aquarium opened in 2014. A little further north is the magnificent building of the State Hospital for Cardiology with the Drinking Hall of the Kossuth Spring in front. Opposite the hospital is the Horváth House built at the end of the 18th century - but back to the promenade.
Along the promenade there are many statues and memorials worth to see, here are some of them:
There is a pleasent harmony between old and new in Balatonfüred, which is show for example at the western end of the promenade: one of the most elegant buildings of the city, the first building of the sailing club houses a modern, interactive exhibition on the history of sailing.