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Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Central and Western Europe. As Hungary is landlocked, Lake Balaton is often affectionately called the "Hungarian Sea". The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalized Sió is the only outflow. The mountainous region of the northern shore is known both for its historic character and as a major wine region, while the flat southern shore is known for its resort towns. The lake occupies a territory of 5 181 square kilometers. It's about 77 kilometer long, 14 kilometer wide and the maximum depth is about 12.2 meters. Around Lake Balaton there are countless incredible beaches, where people can bath, but also can try out special watersports too. Anyone with enough courage can participate in the yearly organized challenging event: The Lake Balaton Cross swimming competition. We can also hire a sailing boat or rent a bike to take a tour of the lake and visit the historical monuments of the Abbey of Tihany (11th century), the Festetics Palace in Keszthely (XVIIIth century) or the wine-growing area of Badacsony. There are many music festivals organized around the lake too. The most famous one is the Balaton Sound, which is for the lovers of electronic music.

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