Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton seen from the monastery.

Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe at almost 50 miles long.

Nearby roads/motorways: M7 running parallel with the southern shore, runs from Budapest into Croatia.

Nearby villages/towns:

North Shore: Balatonfokajár - Balatonakarattya - Balatonkenese - Balatonfuzfo - Balatonalmádi - Alsóörs - Paloznak - Csopak - Balatonarács - Balatonfüred - Tihany - Aszófo - Örvényes - Balatonudvari - Fövenyes - Balatonakali - Zánka - Balatonszepezd - Szepezdfürdo - Révfülöp - Pálköve - Ábrahámhegy - Balatonrendes - Badacsonytomaj - Badacsony - Badacsonytördemic - Szigliget - Balatonederics - Balatongyörök - Vonyarcvashegy - Gyenesdiás - Keszthely

South shore: Balatonakarattya - Balatonaliga - Balatonvilágos - Sóstó - Szabadifürdo - Siófok - Széplak - Zamárdi - Szántód - Balatonföldvár - Balatonszárszó - Balatonszemes - Balatonlelle - Balatonboglár - Fonyód - Bélatelep - Balatonfenyves - Balatonmáriafürdo - Balatonkeresztúr - Balatonberény - Fenékpuszta

Uses of the lake: Sailing, swimming, recreation, fishing, water skiing(by pulley), wind surfing.

Water temperature through the year: 0 - 28 degrees C

Wildlife: Fish, birds, amphibians.

Holidays: Half board, Full board, sailing, hotels, bed and breakfast.

Businesses around the Lake Balaton: Restaurants, cafes, yatching, boating.

Marinas: There are marinas around the lake.

Tihany: The main town and name given to the peninsula that comes out from the northern shore line of the lake.

Buying property: Can be done by individuals through GLM estate agents.

Holiday apartments: Apartments can be bought or rented along the shoreline of Lake Balaton.

Tihany Abbey: The Abbey which is situated at the top of the peninsula and is prominent from the lake.

Some history of the lake:
Called Lacus Pelso by the Romans they started to develop the area by building manors and villas around the lake, the Northern side of the Lake was particularly used for planting vineyards on the slopes.
The area was called Balaton by the Slavs.
During the communist years the lake was frequented by the select few from Russia and the resorts became popular holiday places for the privileged few.