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LOCATION Lake Balaton is 59 miles (95 km) southwest of Hungary’s capital, Budapest
NUMBER OF LAKES
One main lake and countless crater lakes
Jan: 28°F (-2°C); Apr: 59°F (15°C); Jul: 82°F (28°C); Oct: 50°F (10°C)
Affectionately known as “the Hungarian Sea,” beautiful Lake Balaton is the largest of all central Europe’s lakes, and also one of the most diverse.
A 105-mile (170-km) shoreline fringes this expanse of green water, offering something for everyone.
The southern shore boasts sandy beaches, shallow water, family-friendly resorts, and lively beachside nightclubs. But it’s the northern shore that utterly beguiles, its volcanic hills studded with geyser cones, crater lakes, and wine caves.
Nearby, pretty medieval towns and the centuries- old spas of the Tihany Peninsula beckon.
Getting There and Around FlyBalaton International Airport lies on the shore of the lake. Shuttle buses run from here to the lakeside towns. Regular ferries and buses serve the lake, though car rental is wise if you want to explore more freely.
When to Go Visit between June and August for summer sun and warm water.