The famous water tower in Siofok

The city center and the new water tower

The city center and the new water tower ©hattyu/Flick

The famous water tower in Siofok is a distinctive and the most outstanding building located in the heart of the city. The 45-meter-tall monument preserved its original features, but today two panoramic elevators facilitate the approach of the observatory. It has a beautiful view of the northern shore of the Lake of Balaton including the Tihany Abbey and Badacsony and of the surrounding area including the Grapes Hill. The water tower houses an exclusive Cafe and Oxygen Bar and an ultra-modern experience center.

The water tower in Siofok was built in 1912 based on the plans of Jenő Gergely and Árpád Gut, two architects from Budapest.

The history of the water tower

At the beginning of the last century with the spread of the bath culture of the Lake Balaton appeared the necessity of a water and sewage water network to make the houses more comfortable. According to the contemporary technology it was required a water container that holds a large amounts of water that is located high enough to ensure enough pressure for the operation of the water system. Therefore it was built the water tower in Siofok.

The old water tower in Siofok

The old water tower in Siofok ©revdode/Flick

In 1973 a 5000 m3 water storage was built, the original function of the water tower in Siofok became unnecessary and did not operate beginning with the year 1980. Since that it is a symbol of Siofok and serves as a tourist attraction. The main square of Siófok was rebuilt between 2010 and 2012 and the water tower was reborn as well.

The facilities of the water tower

The emblematic symbol of Siofok was beautifully renovated for its 100th anniversary in 2012. The previously robust-looking water tower above its modern and attractive appearance has new features as well. The visitors can enjoy the panorama of the surrounding area from a two-story observation tower while drinking a coffee. The observation tower can be reached by the panoramic elevators and the top level of the water tower is rotating.

The observatory of the tower

The observatory of the tower ©Yu-Ra/Flick

The Szentkirályi Oxygen Bar was opened as a Cafe on the top level of the water tower in Siofok. The visitors can also learn about the history of a town in a modern and cozy interior. In the Oxygen Bar visitors can sniff a 90-95% oxygen and can enjoy the Surface 2, which is an interactive touch table developed by Samsung and Microsoft. On the touch-screen tables and on the video wall are presented pictures, movies, and reviews about the Balaton. In the oxygen bar 25-30 guests can comfortably sniff oxygen or consume oxygen-enriched water at a time.

Besides the water tower in Siofok the city center and the square are also completely renewed and it is completed with the Sio mall. During the day we can admire the beautiful park and the flowers and in the evening we will be impressed by the pleasant lighting and light benches.

The city center and the new water tower

The city center and the new water tower ©hattyu/Flick

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