Lake Tisza, the second largest lake in Hungary is situated on the Great Hungarian Plain, in the eastern part of the country. Its total surface is 127 sq kilometres and consists of a variety of large open water surfaces and shallow water, countless dead-end channels and islands forming a characteristic so-called ’mosaic country’. Lake Tisza belongs to Hortobágy National Park, thus it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage programme since 1999.
Lake Tisza offers a choice of recreational activities as varied as its landscape. You can go hiking, swimming or enjoy water sports:
- You can enjoy beach life on any of the 6 public beaches along the shore, relax in the spas of Tiszafüred or try extreme water sports during the day then have fun in the busy nightlife in and around Abádszalók.
- As the water level ranges from deep to shallow so change the native species of fish. Fishing is allowed if all relevant rules are kept.
- The lake has an exceptional wildlife attracting nature-lovers in every season. Various trails expect you round the year to explore the secrets of the region on foot, by bike, in a boat or on horseback.
Lake Tisza has 3 main regions:
Lake Tisza Bird Reserve
It is a highly important stopping point and rest area for migrating birds when crossing Europe. A nature reserve that can be visited by guided tours only.
Aranyosi bend, Sarud basin, Tisza Minor
Lake Tisza Tour Network can help you to arrange a tour around the area. You can rent bicycles or boats and have a rest on the way at friendly small ports, inns or pension houses.
You can also go bird-watching on some of the small islands. You can easily approach special observation points where you can study local birds in their own nests without disturbing them.
Sarud basin, Abádszalók bay, Tiszafüred basin
This region is not under protection. It is the only natural lake area in Europe where visitors can enjoy motor-driven water sports.