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Balaton Travel Guide: 67 reviews and 219 photos

The Hungarian "Sea"

This is the biggest lake in Hungary and in Central Europe. The with of the lake is 5-6kms, the length is 78kms. The average depth of water is 3 ms, the deepest is 12 ms at Peninsula of Tihany.
The temperature of water is around 20-26 C from May to Sept.
The southern shore is very shallow and sandy. The northern shore is famous for beautiful hills (many of them are volcanic origin) and its excellent wines.
The lake is the main area of sailing in Hungary and boat trips are also popular.
The most favourite places of the lake are :

Badacsony, (almost the whole Balaton region can be seen from the higher terraces of the hill)
Tihany, (one of the oldest settlements in the region, the church and the monastry was founded in 1055 by King Andrew I., who is buried here)
Balatonfured, ( in May the start of sailing season is celebrated here and the famous Anna ball in July)
Siofok, (a real tourist centre with long beaches, hotels, restaurants and an open-air theatre with folklor programs or pop concerts during the summer)
Keszthely ( with a Baroque style castle built in 1754)

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:beaches, nature beauties, hiking and water sports
  • Cons:crowded beaches
  • Intro Updated Nov 27, 2003
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  • MikeStarr5's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2007 at 3:36 AM

    Lots of 5 star tips and excellent pics - Well Done - Happy Birthday from Mike and Shelley in the forgotten part of London - "Barking Town"

  • aramat's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2004 at 3:05 PM

    Nice page, some great photos!

  • travelife's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2004 at 2:31 AM

    interesting page on Lake Balaton.. nice place to visit.

  • 2rs's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2004 at 3:35 AM

    Hello Viola,, Nice pages and picture of the balaton sunset.

  • jto's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2004 at 3:37 AM

    Aaah..I knew Hungary that Balaton was nice...but not this nice. Hm...make a notice on my list :) Thanks for a nice page

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2003 at 1:31 PM

    Very nice page & photos, thanks - I'm coming back to Hungary in May and hope to visit Balaton - looking forward to the trip.

  • Dec 8, 2003 at 10:28 PM

    Excellant page, amazing phtographs. Great narration and useful tips. Many many happy returns of the day. Wishing you a happy birthday and all the best in future.

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2003 at 5:16 AM

    Looks like a great place to visit, nice work

  • LanaFromRiga's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2003 at 4:58 AM

    Hi! Nice photos. Tihany Hermit's place is great!

  • Beograd's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2003 at 3:13 AM

    Very nice start :))))) I was on Balaton as a child, but I remember very few things.... Mostly how I fell in the camp... I still have a nasty scar as a memento:)))) lol I would love to come back now as adult and to see how much it has changed


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