Siófok has been the center of summer recreation on the southern shore of Lake Balaton, Hungary for a long time. Lake Balaton is a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary. It is the largest lake in Central Europe, and one of its foremost tourist destinations. As Hungary is landlocked, it is often called the "Hungarian Sea".
Its well kept beach stretching 17 km long is the longest beach and its port is the busiest around the lake.
Siófok is also known often as the "Party Capital of Hungary", which attracts many young party goers in summer due to its numerous large clubs.
The high tourist season extends from June until the end of August. The average water temperature during the summer is 25°C, which makes bathing and swimming pleasant. Most of the beaches consist of either grass, rocks or the silty sand that also makes up most of the bottom of the lake. Many resorts have artificial sandy beaches and all beaches have step access to the water. Other tourist attractions include sailing, fishing and other water sports, as well as visiting the countryside and hills; wineries on the north coast and night life on the south shore.
Although the peak season at the lake is the summer, Balaton is also frequented during the winter, when visitors go ice-fishing or even skate, sledge or ice-sail on the lake, if it freezes over.