Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Europe. It is just over
seventy kilometres long and in most places over five kilometres
wide. It has more than 200 kilometres of waterfront. The average
depth of the lake is only about 3 meters, so it quickly warms to
very comfortable temperatures in Spring and early Summer. In Winter
the lake freezes.
Lake Balaton is regarded as safe for children, particularly the
Southern side around Balatonboglar. This is because the lake
deepens very gradually on this side. Children can wade out about 100 metres
before they are in deep water, so there is plenty of room for them
The weather in Hungary is usually warm from May until well into
October. During June, July and August the temperatures are usually
over 30º centigrade but because the air is dry, the heat
is comfortable for most people. During this time Lake Balaton becomes
warm and it is an ideal time for relaxing on the beach, swimming and
trying watersports such as sailing, windsurfing and fishing.
Balatonboglar is one of the major wine producing areas
in Hungary and is a well
established lakeside resort. It has a strong tradition
of offering a warm welcome to tourists from all over Europe. The
region around Balatonboglar is proud of its cuisine and local restaurants offer very good
food and wine at reasonable prices.
Balatonboglar has a 14 court tennis centre next to the lake that
offers coaching to all levels of ability. There is a sailing school
in Balatonboglar and there are riding stables within a few minutes
drive from the centre. There is an active fishing club and for a
reasonable licence fee, anglers can fish from the shore or from
boats. There are competitive sports such as beach volley
ball, beach football and the annual 5 km. swim across the lake.
You can go cycling, horse riding,
or you can simply explore the local countryside and vineyards.
Away from the lake, traditional Hungarian music and folk dancing
performances are given most days in the Summer.