Lake Balaton is a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary. It is the largest lake in Central Europe and one of the region's foremost tourist destinations. The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalised Sió is the only outflow.
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On the northern shores of Lake Balaton lies the marvelous town of Szigliget, host to one of the mightiest castles in Hungary. Built on the Várhegy hill, the Castle of Szigliget rises more than 242 meters and houses a medieval fortress built by the Benedictine order around the 13th century. What is seen today are the ruins of the castle which protected the region from tartar invasions and Turkish occupations.
Surrounding Lake Balaton, beautiful volcanic hills cover a fertile mineral ground that is the finest base for vineyards. Filled with patches of grape growing farms and meandering streams, fields of lavender and limestone, the entire landscape is simply idyllic. Badacsony is one of the richest regions that captures the viticulture of Hungary.
On the north shore of the dazzling Lake Balaton stands proud the oldest medieval town in the region. Tihany sits proud on the top of the peninsula that centers the entire panorama of the turquoise lake valley itself. The Baroque abbey – built on top of the old Medieval castle, and the original monastery founded by King Andrew I of Hungary – crowns it off. There are brick towers, a royal crypt, and hillside streets dressed in cobblestone – romance and history in one.
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