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Lake Balaton
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Location of Lake Balaton in Hungary
Location Hungary
Coordinates 46°50′N 17°44′E / 46.833°N 17.733°E / 46.833; 17.733Coordinates: 46°50′N 17°44′E / 46.833°N 17.733°E / 46.833; 17.733
Type Rift lake
Primary inflows Zala River
Primary outflows Sió
Catchment area 5,174 km2 (1,998 sq mi)
Basin countries Hungary
Max. length 77 km (48 mi)
Max. width 14 km (8.7 mi)
Surface area 592 km2 (229 sq mi)
Average depth 3.2 m (10 ft)
Max. depth 12.2 m (40 ft)
Water volume 1.9 km3 (0.46 cu mi)
Residence time 2 years
Shore length1 236 km (147 mi)
Surface elevation 104.8 m (344 ft)
Settlements Keszthely, Siófok, Balatonfüred (see list)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Balaton is the biggest lake in Hungary. Every year many tourists come to Balaton from Germany. There are many places to be visited. The north part of Balaton is deeper than the south part.

The so-called capital of the Lake Balaton is Siofok. During the summer the streets are full of life, and at night there are several discos.

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