In the middle of Transdanubia Lake Balaton is situated, which is the largest one in Hungary. The area of its surface is 595 km² and the water temperature in the summer ranges from 22 to 30 degrees. The south bank is 70 km long and along which you will find numerous resorts in addition to sandy beaches. Towns located on the shores of Lake Balaton have many attractions and interesting destinations. Lake Balaton is an ideal place for family vacations with children, due to the shallowness the southern shore offers.
But bathing is not the only reason to come for here the holidays, even sports fans can find exactly what they are looking for. A very good example is the Balaton bicycle path constructed in 2004, which is 200 km long. Designed specifically for biking at Lake Balaton, it runs through the designated bike paths and low traffic quiet side streets. Excluding the short side routes on the north shore and eastern shore, huge inclines cannot be expected.
Balaton is a perfect place for bicycle fans. Regardless of the route you have chosen you will enjoy the typical Hungarian houses, picturesque views and beautiful residential districts. You will pass by the centers of small towns with typical restaurants, which will invite you to linger, and meet friendly locals, ready to help you or simply provide you with directions, everywhere during your bike ride around Lake Balaton. Very quickly and very easy you will find a cheap apartment or cottage in a village or a small town.
Between the villages there are huge vineyards, which usually have small cellars. A short break with a splendid view of the lake and the taste famous Hungarian wine makes a trip even more pleasant! The eastern shore is also a dream place due to the unique panoramic view of Lake Balaton.
Different sights can also be visited during your bicycle trip. In a cycling trip to Heviz there is the largest natural thermal spring in Europe. Keszhely invites to a baroque castle and the vineyard of should be visited Badascony in any circumstances.
Cycling at Lake Balaton can be performed by inexperienced cyclists without major difficulties. Superbly flat southern shore without gradients and a lot of places to visit makes it a fine place even for a novice. Cycling, resting, bathing and swimming - a bicycle ride around Lake Balaton is an unforgettable experience.
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