Photo Diary: Lake Balaton, Hungary

While I’d recommend visiting this beautiful freshwater lake in summer- when the place comes alive with water sports and holiday-makers, the lake also makes a peaceful escape from Budapest during springtime.

Trains and buses will take you to most towns around the lake, however outside of peak season these can be sporadic as can accommodation options.

A favourite place for locals and tourists alike is the thermal lake at Hévíz on the Northern shore.