freshwater lake in Hungary

Balaton is the biggest lake in Hungary. Every year many tourists come to Balaton from Germany. There are many places to be visited. The north part of Balaton is deeper than the south part.

Lake Balaton
Location of Balaton.PNG
Location of Lake Balaton in Hungary
Coordinates46°50′N 17°44′E / 46.833°N 17.733°E / 46.833; 17.733Coordinates: 46°50′N 17°44′E / 46.833°N 17.733°E / 46.833; 17.733
TypeRift lake
Primary inflowsZala River
Primary outflowsSió
Catchment area5,174 km2 (1,998 sq mi)[1]
Basin countriesHungary
Max. length77 km (48 mi)
Max. width14 km (8.7 mi)
Surface area592 km2 (229 sq mi)
Average depth3.2 m (10 ft)
Max. depth12.2 m (40 ft)
Water volume1.9 km3 (0.46 cu mi)
Residence time2 years
Shore length1236 km (147 mi)
Surface elevation104.8 m (344 ft)
SettlementsKeszthely, Siófok, Balatonfüred (see list)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

The so-called capital of the Lake Balaton is Siofok. During the summer the streets are full of life, and at night there are several discos.



  1. Herschy, Reginald W.; Fairbridge, Rhodes W. (1998). Encyclopedia of Hydrology and Lakes. Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-412-74060-2. Retrieved August 22, 2012.