Lake Balaton (Hungarian Balaton German or Plattensee Balaton) is a freshwater lake of Hungary and the largest lake in Central Europe. Its characteristics make it a fishing and tourism of Hungary important. Lake Balaton stretches in a general WSW-ENE along the southern foothills of the mountains Bakony Hungary. 78 km long with a width varying from 1.5 km to 15 km, the lake is fed by thirty small springs and streams. Zala is the largest of its tributaries. Before reaching the lake, it flows through a wetland (south west of the lake), now fitted, called Kis-Balaton (the "Little Balaton"). The outlet of the lake is the channel Sió which joins the Danube. The output rate is controlled by a lock. The south shore, flatter, is lined with several resorts (Siofok example). The north shore is rather reserved for spas, as Balatonfüred. The Kis-Balaton is a bird sanctuary housing various species of herons, egrets and other waterfowl. Many tourists are also attracted to the lake Balaton by the scenic beauty, as well as its reputation as a "romantic lake" 1.Fishing is another local economic activity, 40 species of fish live in the lake (including pike, carp and catfish). One of the local specialties is also a soup of fish paprika1. Lake Balaton was sung by Michel Jonasz (album Change everything). It was also the subject of a piece of DJ Eric Prydz (aka Pryda). There is a beauty contest called Miss Hungary Balaton.Lake Balaton has particularly inspired the Hungarian artist József Egry1 2.In winter, frost turns the water on which to operate tanks ice. In 2004, it hosts the World Championships in ice tank.