Hungary’s Lake Balaton, Central and Eastern Europe
Much of Central and Eastern Europe is visible here, including Germany (left), Poland (upper right), the Czech Republic (center), Slovakia (center right), Austria (lower left) and Hungary (lower right).
Standing out amidst the dark green and brown landscape, just east of the snow-capped Alps, is the bright green Lake Balaton.
Lake Balaton, located in Hungary, is the largest lake in Central Europe. Due to Hungary being landlocked, it is often affectionately called the “Hungarian Sea”.
The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalized Sió is the only outflow.
With a surface area of 592 km² has a length of 77 km and a width ranging from 4 to 14 km. The lake’s surface is 104 m above sea level, and its depth varies up to 12.2 m (mean depth is 3.2 m).
Lake Balaton affects the local area precipitation per annum. The area receives approximately two to three inches (5-7 cm) more precipitation than most of Hungary, resulting in more cloudy days, and less extreme temperatures. The lake’s surface freezes during colder winters.