Summer at Lake Balaton

Earlier this summer I went to Lake Balaton in Hungary, to do a travel story from this lovely and beautiful region. The rest of the summer was so busy that first now I have been able to edit and photoshop the pictures I took back then. As I am heading for the Burning Man in Nevada soon now, I thought it would be a good time to post some of the pictures I took around Lake Balaton. From fresh water to dust, so to speak.

Lake Balaton is the biggest lake in Central Europe and because it’s so shallow (only 12 meters at the deepest) the water in the summer time gets really warm. We are talking about temperatures around 30 °C (or around 85 degrees Fahrenheit). Very nice indeed! In addition the lake is full of minerals and supposedly very healthy for body and soul. If that isn’t enough, around the lake there are many thermal springs, so a lot of visitors to the region come for the spa and treatments that goes with it.

As I mentioned I am on my way to Burning Man now, which means I won’t be able to stay much in contact with the blog sphere the next week or so. But I’ll be back hopefully with some fun pictures from this special event.


95 thoughts on “Summer at Lake Balaton

  1. The thermal springs sounds heavenly…as your beautiful images at Lake Balaton. Hehe, don’t get too burnt at Burning Man…sorry, had to throw that in for fun. 😉 See ya!

  2. This looks like a wonderful place for summer fun. I think your photos have captured it perfectly. It also sounds very therapeutic. I think I would enjoy that a lot. Have fun at Burning Man and take care of yourself.

    1. It’s always great to learn that someone has been inspired by my work. Thank you. And thank you so much for the nomination. I will get back to it as soon as I have some more time available.

  3. As you usually manage, you found some key factors that contribute to the soul of the area. I remember, as a young girl, when many Hungarians were given an open door to Canada. Before long, our mineral or hot springs would be full of Hungarians. This gives me a clue as to why. What a contrast to Burning Man! 😀

    1. Oh, yes, this was quite a contrast. But as it happens to be, we were able to find a hot spring on our way out from Burning Man, a hot spring that only locals know about. Needless to say it was a fantastic feeling to soak into the hot water after a week of dust and dry heat.

  4. Et nydelig utvalg av bilder Otto! Balaton… hørt om den, men aldri vært der. Ser ut som et sted en kan nyte gode dager.
    Burning Man… vet ikke hva du skal ut på ; ) Men GOD TUR skal du ha! ; )

    Jeg er tilbake i Kina! Nå venter en ukes fototur i Yunnan provisen! Gleder meg til det! : )

    1. Burning Man er en spesiell opplevelse. En festival med over 60.000 deltakere midt i en ørken i Nevada. Jeg vil komme tilbake med bilder derfra. Jeg håper du har (eller hadde) en fin tur til Kina.

  5. Very good pictures of a splendid place! The colour of the water is so special! And it seems me beside spa and thermal springs the food seems to be interesting! Waiting for some pictures and report from the Burning Man (that must be a strong experience, I’m a little envious!) wish you an interesting stay there.

  6. This sounds so great, to be able to get into a warm lake during the Summer and getting refreshed and invigorated with all sorts of minerals! Good for you! Also, I love olives. That jar up there got me drooling for a while. 😀

      1. Ohhh, I would kill for big juicy olives! Pickles on the other hand don’t drive me nuts, but it’s ok, you can have the pickle jar and I’ll have the olives. 🙂

  7. after taking so many close-ups I really find the wide angle shot of the distant view of a few people in the lake /ocean beautiful. but love the canning jars too.

  8. Gorgeous photos, and I like the way you framed them for the post. You’ll have some “warmer” temps in Nevada! Whew! I look forward to the photos from Burning Man! Such a mystique associated with this event! Debra

  9. Beautiful photos! They say “summer” in any language. I’m guessing we’ll have interesting photos to see after your trip to Burning Man. Fun, and something for the rest of us to look forward to 🙂

  10. Loved all the images just Beautiful I’m still smiling. Sounds like a wonderful place I like that the lake is so warm. Now that’s my kind of swimming nice warm water. Flathead lake is nice, but a little cold most of the time at least for my tastes.
    Burning Man can’t wait to see the photos! :+) I hope you have a wonderful time.

  11. A beautiful series of content rich images, Otto. I love how where you’ve had the opportunity, due to the subject matter at hand, you’ve given some of these scenes quite a minimalistic look, and for me, this extends to the soup shot. Very interesting information about the lake, too. All the best with your current trip.

  12. The lake looks fabulous. Great photography. I liked the first picture the most. Spa at the beautiful lake must be really amazing! Perfect place. 🙂

  13. Lovely. But of course your pictures are always lovely.
    * The lake is huge!
    * how did you frame the pictures in the post like that?
    * is that a bowl of tomato soup with a fish floating in it?
    * love the photo of the bottles of canned vegetables

    1. I made the frames in Photoshop before posting them. The soup is a traditional goulash, and yes it’s a piece of fish that’s floating in it. Thanks for the nice comment.

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