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Lake Balaton, also known as Balaton, is the largest inland lake in Central Europe and a popular destination for tourists and expats in Hungary. With an area of 594 square kilometers and a length of 77 kilometers, the lake attracts millions of visitors every year. Lake Balaton offers a variety of recreational opportunities, from swimming and sailing to wine tasting and hiking. This article looks at the geographical, economic and cultural aspects of Lake Balaton and shows why it is worth buying a house on Lake Balaton as an expat.

Geography and climate of Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton is located in the western part of Hungary, about 80 kilometers southwest of the capital Budapest. From Lake Balaton you can quickly get to Austria and the Adriatic Sea. With a length of 77 kilometers and an average width of 7.8 kilometers, it is the largest lake in Central Europe. The maximum depth of the lake is 12.2 meters, with the average depth being about 3.2 meters. The total area of the lake is 594 square kilometers.

Lake Balaton was formed about 20,000 years ago during the last Eleatic period. It is fed mainly by the Zala and Eger rivers and drains into the Danube through the Sió canal. The lake's water level is regulated by natural and artificial influences to prevent flooding and to ensure consistent water quality.

The climate at Lake Balaton is temperate and is characterized by warm summers and mild winters. The average annual temperature is about 11 °C. The water temperature often reaches over 25 °C in summer, making the lake a popular bathing destination. For as long as I have lived in Hungary, there have been a maximum of a few days in winter with temperatures below 0 degrees and maybe 2-3 days with around 5 cm of snow.

Why Lake Balaton is an ideal place to live

Lake Balaton offers a high quality of life with a unique combination of natural beauty, cultural offerings and leisure opportunities. The region is known for its clean air, numerous sunny days and relaxed way of life. All of this contributes to a healthy and pleasant lifestyle.

Living at Lake Balaton means being able to enjoy being close to nature every day. Whether it's walking along the waterfront promenades, hiking in the surrounding hills, water sports activities or cycling tours - the options are varied and contribute to an active and healthy lifestyle.

The region around Lake Balaton is rich in cultural and historical sights. Festetics Castle in Keszthely and the Abbey in Tihany are just two examples of the many cultural highlights to discover. In addition, numerous cultural events, festivals and markets take place throughout the year, enriching life in the region.

The infrastructure around Lake Balaton has steadily improved in recent years. There are well-developed roads, an efficient public transport system and modern medical facilities. In addition, the cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western European countries. It has always been easy to integrate well at Lake Balaton, even if you are German-speaking, as a large proportion of the service staff is geared towards German-speaking tourists. In recent years, many German emigrants have also come and offer decent services in the trades.

The region around Lake Balaton not only offers a high quality of life, but also numerous economic opportunities. Tourism and winemaking are important economic sectors that are constantly growing and offer many jobs. In addition, there are many opportunities for investing in real estate, as the demand for housing in this attractive region is constantly increasing. The rental market in Hungary has traditionally only represented around 10% of real estate, so the demand for rental properties from emigrants from Western Europe significantly exceeds the supply. Investments in holiday homes are also still in demand.

When Hungarians describe the advantages of their Lake Balaton, it is often emotional: ‘’How many people have asked me why I bury myself here in the countryside on the shore of Lake Balaton... Sometimes I have tried to explain to their unimaginative brains that I feel at home here on the shore of this wonderful water. Here the sunlight is more real, here the air is really clean, here I wake up every morning as if I were reborn. Whether the sun shines as beautifully as now, or whether the weather is cloudy or rainy, I don't care, I just want to be here and see this sea from my window or from the roof. (Lajos Szilvási, 13.01.1932-09.09.1996, Hungarian writer)

Leisure and recreation

Lake Balaton offers numerous beaches and water sports. Popular activities include swimming, sailing, windsurfing and fishing. Towns such as Siófok, Balatonfüred and Keszthely have well-equipped beach resorts offering a variety of leisure activities. In Hévíz, just a few minutes from Lake Balaton, you will find the largest naturally biologically active thermal lake in the world.

The area around Lake Balaton also offers many opportunities for hiking and cycling. The Balaton Cycle Route, which runs around the lake, is about 200 kilometers long and offers breathtaking views of the landscape. Numerous hiking trails lead through the surrounding hills and vineyards, where visitors can enjoy nature and taste local wines.

The region around Lake Balaton is known for its wine production. The fertile soils and mild climate provide ideal conditions for growing grapevines. Wine production contributes significantly to the region's economy and also attracts wine lovers from all over the world.

Numerous events and festivals take place around Lake Balaton throughout the year. These include wine festivals, music festivals and traditional markets. These events not only provide entertainment, but also the opportunity to get to know the local culture and community better. Personally, I find the north side of Lake Balaton more attractive, also because there is still life there in winter, especially in the northwest, while on the south side and northeast many facilities close and the sidewalks are rolled up. Environment and nature as part of the Balaton

Lake Balaton and its surroundings are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. The lake's shores are lined with reed belts that serve as habitats for numerous bird species. Kis-Balaton, a nature reserve to the west of the lake, is an important wetland and is home to rare plant and animal species.

In order to protect Lake Balaton as a natural and recreational area, various environmental protection measures have been taken. Protecting water quality is a top priority. Measures to reduce pollutant inputs and control water levels help to maintain the lake's ecological balance.

The future of Lake Balaton lies in developing a sustainable tourism model that balances the needs of visitors with the protection of natural resources. Initiatives to promote environmentally friendly modes of transport, such as electric bicycles and public transport, are intended to help reduce environmental impact.

The Hungarian government and private investors are planning significant investments in the region's infrastructure to further strengthen Lake Balaton as a tourist destination. The focus is on expanding accommodation, leisure facilities and transport routes to increase comfort and attractiveness for tourists.


Lake Balaton is not only a major tourist destination, but also an ideal place to live. With its impressive size, diverse flora and fauna, numerous leisure opportunities and the best conditions for integration even without Hungarian language skills, the lake offers a unique combination of nature experience and high quality of life. Through sustainable development strategies and environmental protection, Lake Balaton can continue to maintain its role as the heart of Hungarian tourism and as a natural treasure. For property buyers, Lake Balaton offers an attractive combination of quality of life, economic opportunities and a natural environment - an ideal place to find a new home.


Wikipedia - Balaton
Umweltamt Veszprém - Informationen über den Balaton
Festetics Palace - History
Kis-Balaton Nature Reserve