Badacsony is a monadnock, rising abruptly from the surrounding plain, domineering the view of the northern shore of the Lake Balaton. It is an ancient volcanic hill.
An explanation of the origin of the Lake Balaton (Balaton does not have a meaning in Hungarian). Local people place the formation of the Lake Balaton in the ancient times of folk tales. They believed that there used to live giants on the spacious plateau of Badacsony.