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deriek-2 Balaton Lake - A travel report by Mary
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Balaton Lake,  Hungary - flag Hungary
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Balaton- The Hungarian Sea

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It is the largest lake in Central Europe,50 mile long with silky green-yellow water. At its center, depth is 52.5 ft. Rich vineyards produce an assortiment of exellent wines that go very well with the delicious local food.

The southern shores are ideal for children because of the shallow water. On the north shore the water gets deeper immediatelly. The summer water temperature of around 80 F is warmer than the air in the morning and in the evening. The water and tha silky mud of lake are very good remedies for nerveous complaints, anemia and nervous fatigue.

Favourite spots:
The Twin-towered church ot Tihany peninsula is distinctly visible far and wide. The peninsula inhabited almost a thousand years, is of volcanic origin, and has a profusion ot rare plants and animals. A ferry from one of the prettiest ports on Lake Balaton heads for Szántód , one mile from here, on the southern shore.

What's really great:
The Open-air Ethnographic Museum, the rural houses ot old villages and the Potter's House show the life of fishermen. From the natural lookout of the peninsula the most beautiful among more than a hundred geyser cones, an unforgettable panorama opens onto the Inner Lake, so loved by anglers, and the Outer Lake where tens of thousands of birds nest.

Szigliget has a unique atmosphere with its houses creeping up the hillside and green gardens. The old village consists of thatched rural houses.There is a stunning panorama from the ruins of the 13th-century Szigliget Fortress on Castle Hill. It is worthwhile to tour the strange basalt formations of Badacsony. The panorama is amazing from the porch of the baroque Kisfaludy House.

Large number of inns and restaurants welcome guests from home and abroad.When you visit Lake Balaton, it makes sense not to limit your visit to the towns directly on the shore. After all, the region beyond the lake has plenty of natural beauty, history, and culture to explore.

Keszthely is the largest and oldest settlement of the lake. The beautiful Festetics Mansion, with 101 rooms surranded by English park is the third largest chateau in the country. The Georgikon Agriculture Museum and the Balaton Museum display the flora and fauna of the Balaton Region.

Other recommendations:
Hévíz extremely fortunate to have its Thermal Bath which has been attracting visitors for more than two centuries. The lake is covered with water-lilies and extends over an area of approximately 30 squaremiles, with a depth of 118 feet at the center. It is the second largest hot-water lake in the world, at a temperature of 90 F, open-air bath is very pleasant even in winter. Treatments are conducted under the supervision of specialized doctors from the Hospital of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation.

Published on Thursday June 9th, 2005

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Mon, Jun 13 2005 - 02:47 PM rating by magsalex

Informative and nicely illustrated

Sun, Jun 12 2005 - 08:20 PM rating by gloriajames

another wonderful report with great pics! keep it up! 5*

Fri, Jun 10 2005 - 08:46 PM rating by picasso

Outstanding report,great images-very enjoyeble reading*****


Fri, Jun 10 2005 - 01:24 PM rating by rangutan

Nice style of writing, interesting and very good picture quality.

Fri, Jun 10 2005 - 09:44 AM rating by kandath

Very well compiled with nice fotos. Well done!

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