The Old Lake at Tata is Hungary’s oldest artificial lake, created before the Hungarian conquest by building a dam across the Átal-ér Stream. There is a comfortable footpath around the lake, but it is a popular destination not only with hikers but also with migratory birds. Tens of thousands of wild geese and ducks spend the autumn and the winter on the lake.
The Tata Old Lake and its surroundings offer a number of leisure opportunities. The path around the 200-hectare lake is about 8 km long, and with a bit of luck, we can also see flocks of many thousands of geese and ducks flying together.
The lake is a very important aquatic habitat; during the migration season large numbers of rare bird species visit it: the taiga bean goose, the greater white-fronted goose and the barnacle goose all winter here. There is an 11-metre tall tower built by the side of the lake for birdwatching. There are also opportunities to go boating, to take a sight-seeing boat, to surf, sail and angle in the lake,
but bathing is prohibited.
Tata Castle also stands by the lakeside. It was converted to a hunting lodge by King Sigismund, and between 1424 and 1426, the king received King Eric of Denmark, the Byzantine Emperor
Manuel II Palaiologos and the Polish king Władysław II Jagiełło there. King Matthias also enjoyed the beautiful sights of the castle and the surrounding game park during hunts. The Esterházys modernised it and converted it to strong a water castle with four bastions. Today, the castle is home to an exhibition, while in the winter, the lovers of winter sports can also go skating near the castle.
Lake Balaton and its environs are rewarding photographic themes in every season: along with the lake itself, the surrounding landscapes are also astonishingly beautiful. The natural areas and the hidden wildlife around the lake are favoured themes for many photographers – and the autumn sunrise lends a spectacular splendour to the Balaton Uplands and Mount Badacsony, captured this time by Josef Jordan.
30 km from Budapest, Hungary, near the town of Vác and the village of Sződliget, there is a hidden treasure: a romantic little fishpond that is a veritable entrance to the world of fairy tales. The lake’s shore is composed of a series of tiny coves, with idyllic little lodges of reeds and wood hidden under the gigantic floodplain trees.
Lake Fertő is an increasingly popular destination for nature-lovers: it has a cycle path all around it, many exciting beauty spots, atmospheric small towns and inviting, beautiful landscapes. Although it lies partly in Hungary and partly in Austria, the open border means that the Fertő Region still forms a single unit.
The Sárvár Medicinal and Wellness Spa, completed in 2002, is the largest bath complex in Western Transdanubia. The spa offers thermal pools, giant slides, kiddie pools, a climbing wall and wellness services to entertain visitors looking for relaxation and recreation.
The small town of Makó in Hungary, famous for its excellent onions, has a veritable thermal bath complex in the town centre. On a plot of 12 thousand square metres, the complex offers 18 different pools, 8 kinds of saunas, a steam cabin as well as leisure, therapeutic and wellness services, offering visitors an unforgettable recreational experience.
Along the with its pools of thermal water for those seeking its therapeutic effects, the unique Miskolctapolca Cave Bath also offers visitors an opportunity to bathe in naturally formed cave passages and chambers.
The most famous sight of the town of Tapolca is hidden underground and may be explored in an extraordinary fashion. The Tapolca cave lake, unique in Hungary, is not famous for its spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, but the underground boating that it offers.
There is a special lake near Oroszlány, Hungary, by the foothills of the Vértes Mountain: meandering wooden piers and boardwalks lead to the small, red, blue and yellow cabins floating on the water. The Bokodi Lake is the artificial lake of the Vértes Power Station, but it offers a living
fairy-tale world for visitors.
Riverbanks with ancient trees, a diverse birdlife, branches arching over the water: amazing backwaters await nature lovers along the Tisza River outside the town of Mártély in Csongrád County.
Thanks to the European Space Agency (ESA), we now have a photograph of Hungary’s favourite lake taken from space.