Freshwaters of Hungary
Water tourism in Hungary is a life form, with the water, sunshine, fresh air, harmonious exercise, camping and the magic of the campfire all being contributing factors, while the landscapes, colours, sounds, sunrises and picturesque sunsets assuring you of an unforgettable experience. Lovers of nature and water sports will be able to savour from a rich variety.
Our land is also rich in lakes. When the weather conditions are right the Balaton, also called the Hungarian Sea and Central Europe’s largest freshwater lake, covering a territory of nearly 600 sq. km., is amok with sailing craft. Sailing competitions on the Balaton are primarily favoured by “technical” sporting yachtsmen because of the lake’s complexity of winds. Over the past few years the number of marinas has risen dramatically.
Swimming in Lake Fertő, part of the World Heritage, is a special experience, and rowing and sailing no less so, while there is skating on the ice in the winter. As you make your way through reeds by kayak or canoe, observe the more than 300 species of birds that nest here.
Lake Velence, which covers 26 sq. km and has an average depth of 1.2 metres, has rightly been nicknamed the sunshine lake, for every year the sun shines upon it for more than 2,000 hours. Its silky water refreshes and regenerates tired bodies, so it is no surprise that it is popular with bathers, yachtsmen, surfers and canoeists from early in the spring.
A few decades ago engineering genius conjured up a lake in the middle of the Hungarian Great Plain. Lake Tisza was created by flooding the River Tisza into a valley that was a forest before. It became very unique thanks to its fortunate hydrographic conditions. Water skiers, jet-skiers, bathers, silence-loving anglers, bird-watchers and flora-studying nature walkers can all enjoy this area. Lake Tisza's wildlife is also very rich thanks for the quality of water has no match among European freshwater lakes.
Whatever the watery leisure-time activity, Hungary is a true paradise, for here you will find an ideal location for every water sport.