Lakes and rivers
Rivers of all sizes create a mesh over Hungary like the network of veins on the human body. If you love water, you'll be attracted by the many routes, from peaceful backwaters to wild rapids, from middling to large rivers.
Our homeland is bisected by one of Europe's largest waterways, the Danube. Europe's second largest and Hungary's largest river flows more than four hundred kilometres before it bids farewell to Hungary. The whole of the Hungarian section of the river is regulated and navigable. At some sections of the river you are able to bath, swim or take a canoe/kayak tour.
Meanwhile, the Great Plain is divided by the Tisza, the whole of the Hungarian length of which can be rowed or travelled by motorboat. Beside the larger lakes Hungary has a lot of small lakes, which are also perfect choice for water sports or just a summer splash.
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.
Our land is also rich in lakes. When the weather conditions are right the Balaton, also called as 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. Balaton is also beloved by locals because of its shallow water, getting warm very quickly in the summer. Perfect for playing.
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, wakeboarders and canoeists from early in the spring till autumn.
Whatever the watery leisure-time activity, Hungary is a true paradise, for here you will find an ideal location for every water sport. Please always ask local tourism informators about the regulations and prohibitions.