Lake Balaton located in Hungary, is the largest lake in Central Europe. and a popular regional tourist destination. Due to Hungary being landlocked, it is often affectionately called the Hungarian Sea.
==== LAKE BALATON – ATTRACTION
Lake Balaton, it seems, has something for everyone. Teenagers, students, and young travelers tend to congregate in the hedonistic towns, like Siofok, of the south shore. Here, huge 1970s style beachside hotels are filled to capacity all summer long, and disco music pulsates into the early morning hours. The south-shore towns are as flat as Pest; walk 10 minutes from the lake and you’re deep in farm country. The air here is still and quiet; in summer, the sun hangs heavily in the sky.
Most of the beaches consist of either grass, rocks or the silty sand that also makes up most of the bottom of the lake. Many resorts have artificial sandy beaches and all beaches have step access to the water. Other tourist attractions include sailing, fishing and other water sports, as well as visiting the countryside and hills; wineries on the north coast and night life on the south shore. The Tihany Peninsula is an historical district. Badacsony is a famous volcanic mountain and wine growing region as well as a lakeside resort.
==== LAKE BALATON – WHEN TO GO
The high tourist season extends from June until the end of August.