Lake Tisza

Best destination in "aquatic tourism, 2010


Lake Tisza, one of the most trending tourist destinations in Hungary is merely 40 years old. This man made 127 km2 reservoir lake has rapidly developed excellent natural endowments, an unparalleled mosaic water world developed over the second largest single water surface in Hungary. The Tisza River, a deep, cold and rapid river flows through the lake and fills and flushes the shallow, quickly warming subsidiary reservoirs of the lake. Its numerous islands and backwaters create a diversified water world in the middle of the Great Plains. Lake Tisza awaits anglers in each season of the year. Its abundance of unique species of internationally known fish is also a paradise for birds. Being a part of the Hortobágy Nature Park, the Bird Sanctuary is a popular destination for eco-tourists and photographers or those roaming by boat or kayak. An internationally-renowned harbour for small boats and a team of trained tour guides are available.


Boardwalks and Hungary's greatest adventure park created on the islands and thematic educational paths built in the flood-plain forest of the peninsula offer entertainment and relaxation. The Lake Tisza Eco-Centre, a visitors' centre and theme park was opened in 2012. It also includes Europe's largest freshwater aquarium system. The 4-story facility represents the biosphere of the Lake Tisza and the hidden miracles of the Tisza-valley irrespective of the season and weather conditions. The main building is surrounded by a 100 000 m2 (10 hectare) leisure park which includes a small jetty. The bay of Abádszalók offers ideal conditions for lovers of water sports. The excellent quality of the water makes the six beaches a favourite resort for families arriving with children.

Lake Tisza

Since the construction of a new bicycle path in 2007, it has been possible to cycle all the way around Lake Tisza. The 70 km long asphalt-coated dyke attracts thousands of cyclists every year. It is nearly flat with an overall elevation difference of just 1m along its entire length. Tours along the EuroVelo-11 route can be combined with crossing the Tisza River by ferry services, enabling participants to cover routes varying between 110 and 140 km in length. Due to the total length of the available bicycle routes (1200 km), Lake Tisza is considered the hub of flat-country bicycling in Europe. The Network of Lake Tisza Routes operates as a franchise enterprise and works as the professional organizer of tours around Lake Tisza. The Network's centres organizing pedestrian, water, bicycle and equestrian tours offer services and equipment of guaranteed quality, rentable bicycles, child-friendly equipment, tour guides and package tours.

Best destination in Hungary in "Aquatic tourism ", 2010

The European Commission recognised Lake Tisza as one of the „European Destinations of Excellence" (EDEN) and „The best natural-water destination in Hungary" in 2010.

Lake Tisza offers unique natural experiences, such as ice-trips in winter or bird watching trips in autumn. Nature awaits you- and Lake Tisza promotes the experience.

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