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Incomparable collection of photos of Lake Balaton never seen before

The Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport has digitized and published a unique collection of Balaton photos on its website. The material primarily documents the lakeside works and the construction of harbours that took place between the two world wars, and the social conditions of the labourers who worked by the lake.

The specialists of the museum concluded a cooperation agreement with Lake Balaton Boating Ltd. with a view to processing the archives of BAHART (the predecessor of the boating company). They digitized nine boxes of material, most of which was generated at the Royal Inspectorate of Balaton Harbours between 1930 and 1940. In addition, the collection also features a few photos taken during the MAHART and BAHART period. The digitization workshop, the museologists and archival specialists of the museum processed the collection over several months of painstaking work.

“The processing of the BAHART photographic archive has allowed us to present material to the public that has only been accessible to a limited number of people, and which may be of interest not only for researchers. These previously unpublished photos primarily offer a new perspective on Balaton during the interwar period. We at the Museum of Transport believe it is one of our most important tasks to cooperate with Hungarian companies in order to preserve the sources of transport and industrial history and to present the material in accordance with 21st century expectations. We are now able to report on a successful job of that sort, while the processing of this valuable archive still continues,” said General Director Dávid Vitézy about the project.

A Balaton dredger and the steamboat Jókai before 1920 Photo: kozlekedesimuzeum.hu
Passenger boat stop with petrol pump, 1935 Photo: kozlekedesimuzeum.hu
The western jetty Photo: kozlekedesimuzeum.hu
Setting out the river bed Photo: kozlekedesimuzeum.hu
Villa Hermina in an ice-pack Photo: kozlekedesimuzeum.hu
The sailboat Kishamis Photo: kozlekedesimuzeum.hu
Pile-driving at the regularization of the Sió River Photo: kozlekedesimuzeum.hu
Rowing race of fishermen and shipmen Photo: kozlekedesimuzeum.hu
Dezső Kaáli Nagy on the Szántód ferry jetty Photo: kozlekedesimuzeum.hu
Building of the eastern jetty head at Fonyód Photo: kozlekedesimuzeum.hu

Source: Sokszínű vidék

Further information: The Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport

A fairy-tale fishpond in Sződliget

30 km from Budapest, Hungary, near the town of Vác and the village of Sződliget, there is a hidden treasure: a romantic little fishpond that is a veritable entrance to the world of fairy tales. The lake’s shore is composed of a series of tiny coves, with idyllic little lodges of reeds and wood hidden under the gigantic floodplain trees.

A Balaton landscape shrouded in a blanket of autumn fog

Lake Balaton and its environs are rewarding photographic themes in every season: along with the lake itself, the surrounding landscapes are also astonishingly beautiful. The natural areas and the hidden wildlife around the lake are favoured themes for many photographers – and the autumn sunrise lends a spectacular splendour to the Balaton Uplands and Mount Badacsony, captured this time by Josef Jordan.

The Old Lake at Tata – a haven for migratory birds

The Old Lake at Tata is Hungary’s oldest artificial lake, created before the Hungarian conquest by building a dam across the Átal-ér Stream. There is a comfortable footpath around the lake, but it is a popular destination not only with hikers but also with migratory birds. Tens of thousands of wild geese and ducks spend the autumn and the winter on the lake.

Lake Fertő: a world heritage site in Hungary and Austria

Lake Fertő is an increasingly popular destination for nature-lovers: it has a cycle path all around it, many exciting beauty spots, atmospheric small towns and inviting, beautiful landscapes. Although it lies partly in Hungary and partly in Austria, the open border means that the Fertő Region still forms a single unit.

The Sárvár Spa: recreation for the whole family

The Sárvár Medicinal and Wellness Spa, completed in 2002, is the largest bath complex in Western Transdanubia. The spa offers thermal pools, giant slides, kiddie pools, a climbing wall and wellness services to entertain visitors looking for relaxation and recreation.

Hagymatikum, the bath of baths

The small town of Makó in Hungary, famous for its excellent onions, has a veritable thermal bath complex in the town centre. On a plot of 12 thousand square metres, the complex offers 18 different pools, 8 kinds of saunas, a steam cabin as well as leisure, therapeutic and wellness services, offering visitors an unforgettable recreational experience.

The Miskolctapolca Bath: bathing deep in a cave

Along the with its pools of thermal water for those seeking its therapeutic effects, the unique Miskolctapolca Cave Bath also offers visitors an opportunity to bathe in naturally formed cave passages and chambers.

Underground boating

The most famous sight of the town of Tapolca is hidden underground and may be explored in an extraordinary fashion. The Tapolca cave lake, unique in Hungary, is not famous for its spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, but the underground boating that it offers.

Lake Bokodi, a floating village by the foothills of the Vértes Mountain

There is a special lake near Oroszlány, Hungary, by the foothills of the Vértes Mountain: meandering wooden piers and boardwalks lead to the small, red, blue and yellow cabins floating on the water. The Bokodi Lake is the artificial lake of the Vértes Power Station, but it offers a living
fairy-tale world for visitors.

Enchanting landscapes in Hungary: Backwaters along the Tisza River

Riverbanks with ancient trees, a diverse birdlife, branches arching over the water: amazing backwaters await nature lovers along the Tisza River outside the town of Mártély in Csongrád County.