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Everyone has heard of Lake Balaton. Few, however, know the pleasures of Lake Velence, Hungary’s smaller resort lake. The big exceptions to this rule? Hungarians and Poles, who rival locals in their love of the place.
The lack of attention probably explains why Velence is less touristy, more peaceful, and cheaper than Balaton. It is also nearer to Budapest—only one hour and a mere HUF560 (€2.30; $3.05) by train out of Déli (south) station. The water is great for swimming, and windsports and fishing are also popular. The lake’s average water temperature of 26-28°C makes it one of Europe’s warmest lakes.
There are six settlements around the lake, each with its own character. Gárdony has the largest beach, Agárd has a thermal spa and Sukoró is the most picturesque, with winding streets, cosy inns and flowers everywhere.
This Web site offers some more information about Lake Velence.