Lake Balaton and the Mura and Rába Rivers – May 10th, 2009
Lake Balaton, in western Hungary, is the largest lake in Central Europe. Its name originates from Slavic, meaning approximately “muddy lake”. In fact, most of its bottom is made up of silty sand.
To the West of Lake Balaton, in Austria, two rivers form branchlike patterns in the green landscape: the Mura (left) and the Rába (right). Both rivers are tributaries of the Danube.
The Mura’s total length is 465 km, of which 295 km is in Austria, 98 km is in Slovenia and the rest forms the border between Croatia and Hungary. The Rába, on the other hand, is in southeastern Austria and western Hungary.