Algae is necessary for every natural lake, but recently, Lake Balaton has been suffering from it rather than enjoying the advantages. The situation of the lake is devastating, as some experts reported, and the increased amount of algae can easily cause skin and other health problems to everyone who swims in Lake Balaton, which, during the summer season, is, without exaggerating, quite a popular activity. 

Szeretlek Magyarország reported that in the region of Balatongyörök, the amount of algae in the water reached the maximum level and has become so dangerous it may happen that many beaches and areas where swimmers are welcomed must be closed. 

The biggest problem is the blue algae (Ciano bacteria), which produce toxic material dangerous for both animals and humans. 

Swimming in the lake can cause severe skin problems, and for children who inevitably swallow some amount of water, it may cause diarrhoea and stomachache. Luckily, according to research, litres of water are needed for a human body to result in serious problems if we accidentally swallow water.


24 reported that even experts do not understand why Lake Balaton keeps getting “sicker”. Besides its many health problems, algae can hardly be cleaned out of the water and even makes the lake dirty and stinky at the same time.

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Balaton, Fertő, Velence: what are the name origins of Hungary’s largest lakes?

From Celtic tribes to Italian workers, the names of Hungary’s largest lakes reveal centuries of eventful history in the Carpathian Basin. There are thousands of lakes in the territory of Hungary, offering endless recreational opportunities across the country. The names most foreigners are familiar with are Balaton, Lake Velence, and Lake Fertő, and although visiting these places is always a good idea, it is also worth digging into their history to learn some interesting facts about their origin, as did Hungarian website Divany.



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