Lake Balaton, Hungary: Central Europe’s Largest Lake46.8N 17.7E
The greenish blue waters of Hungary’s Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, stand out against the dark green and golden yellow fields nearby.
The lake’s color comes from sediments in its silty sand bottom as well as algal growth. Most of the beaches surrounding it consist of either grass, rocks or the same silty sand that also makes up most of the lake bottom.
The lake is one of the foremost regional tourist destinations. However, the progress of tourism, swift and frequently thoughtless development of communities and land use resulted in the rapid and spectacular deterioration of the lakes water quality by the early 1980s.
Scientists and environmentalists have been studying ways, including sustainable tourism, to prevent further loss in water quality.