Héviz, a small town only 6 kilometers from the western end
of Lake Balaton, has a lake of its own... but what a lake! With
an area of nearly 11 acres, it is Europe's largest warm-water
lake. The surface temperature almost never falls below 30 C
(86 F) even in midwinter.
In summer it feels like tepid bathwater; lilies thrive along
the shore, as do oodles of baby fish. Health-seekers crowding
the grass around the lake between dips make it look like a therapeutic
Black pool or Coney Island.