Lake Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe. It is a popular destination for tourists due to its crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches, making it an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. The lake stretches over 77 kilometers in length and up to 14 kilometers in width, covering an area of around 600 square kilometers. Its depth varies, with the average depth being around 3.2 meters, and the deepest point being approximately 12 meters.
Apart from swimming and fishing, Lake Balaton is a popular destination for sailing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. The lake’s sailing competitions are renowned, and it attracts participants from all over the world. The annual Kékszalag (Blue Ribbon) sailing race is the largest sailing event in Europe, attracting hundreds of sailing enthusiasts each year. The lake’s mild climate and favorable winds make it an ideal spot for sailing.