The origin of the name of the Lake Balaton

The origin of the name of the Lake Balaton

by Haasz Zoltan, 12/01/2015
An explanation of the origin of the Lake Balaton (Balaton does not have a meaning in Hungarian).

Local people place the formation of the Lake Balaton in the ancient times of folk tales. They believed that there used to live giants on the spacious plateau of Badacsony. The last one of them was called Balaton and his daughter, Haláp would often play with the people living by the foot of the hill. However when her best friend grew up and left her she died of sorrow. On making her grave, her father found a spring, from which the water of the Lake sprung and which people named after the bereaved father.




Balaton, Hungary