Discover Lake Balaton Hungary

62 miles west of Budapest, Balaton Lake is every Hungarian's favourite holiday destination. With 159 miles of coastline (and a surface area of 229 sq mi), the banks of the lake boast spas, beaches (in the south), cliffs (in the north) and wonderful villages like Balatonfüred, Tihany and Keszthely. Balaton is the biggest lake in Central Europe, it enjoys an exceptional microclimate and the water temperature can reach up to 26 °C in the summer; qualities which explain the record number of tourist visits when the weather is nice. The only major negative point is the hotel infrastructure, which is often of extremely bad taste on the south bank.

  • Lake Balaton, Landscapes, Budapest, Hungary
    Lake Balaton

    The largest lake in Europe, it is also called the Sea of Hungary due to its size.

    © fesus robert kavita / 123RF
  • Wildlife in Lake Balaton, Lake Balaton, Landscapes, Budapest, Hungary
    Wildlife in Lake Balaton

    More than 40 species of fish live in this lake: carp, pike, catfish, and especially perch, whose flesh is particularly liked

    © Andras Gyula Csontos / 123RF
  • Water sports on Lake Balaton, Lake Balaton, Landscapes, Budapest, Hungary
    Water sports on Lake Balaton

    The sports season at Lake Balaton, Hungary, begins in mid-May. The most important event is the biennial regatta for the blue ribbon.

    © René Mattes
  • A play of lights on Lake Balaton, Lake Balaton, Landscapes, Budapest, Hungary
    A play of lights on Lake Balaton

    An evocative image of Lake Balaton, immerged in a dreamy atmosphere

    © Gabor Páll / 123RF
  • Holidays at Lake Balaton, Lake Balaton, Landscapes, Budapest, Hungary
    Holidays at Lake Balaton

    Lake Balaton is a very popular resort destination: in summer, the water temperature rises quickly and its 195 miles of beach attract a large number of holidaymakers.

    © iStockphoto.com / Oleh_Slobodeniuk
  • Archaeological sites, Lake Balaton, Landscapes, Budapest, Hungary
    Archaeological sites

    Architecture enthusiasts will discover many sites to visit in the region of Lake Balaton.

    © Botond Horváth / 123RF
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