Lake Balaton, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Central Europe, has been a popular vacation destination in Hungary for centuries, and is the second most-popular destination for visitors to Hungary after Budapest. Whether you want to enjoy a thermal spa, be one with nature at a wildlife preserve, ride a jet ski or laze the day away in a boat on the lake, or sun yourself on the shore at one of the lake`s numerous beaches, there is something to interest everyone. Siofok, the most popular resort town, is one of the richest towns of Hungary, as celebrities rub elbows with the middle and upper-middle-class tourists who occupy every inch of its 11-mile sands. On the northern shore, the towns of Balatonalmádi and Balatonfüred are popular for those who want to savor life at a slower pace. The hub of activity on the northern shore is Keszthely, located on the lake`s northwestern edge, just five miles from Europe`s largest thermal lake in the town of Hévíz. Another spa town close by, near the Kis-Balaton preserved area, is Zalakaros.
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