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  • Sebastian Kowalke

    Lake Balaton is a small reservoir in which the water of the dwarf brook is dammed up. The lake is used as the upper reservoir of a hydroelectric power station further down in the valley.

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    • February 23, 2018


    Reservoir for energy generation and rest.

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    • May 28, 2020

  • olaf1618

    Yes, extremely organic. sustainable .. but the development is extremely exciting: The Gutacher company Gütermann, which had been producing yarns industrially in the first half of the 20th century (weaving, spinning, dyeing, I attach a link below ..), has both Lake stuck in a depression, as well as the power plant, which can be seen from the street, built.
     A manager had the idea of using hydropower with enormous pressure from the height of the candle foothills near St. Peter, height difference approx. 500m, and thus generating the electricity required for production. So it was created at the level of the Lake Balaton simply by damming, and high pressure steel pipes were laid down into the Simonswälder Tal (near the Obersimonswald-Engel bus stop). A hydroelectric power plant was built there (looks a bit like a Roman villa (link: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zweribachwerk#/media/File:Zweribachwerk_(1).jpg) that was also a pumping power plant, that is at night and at the weekend, the lake was to be replenished by pumping power, electricity was generated during the day, but the amount of water in the inflow area of Lake Balaton had been calculated far too low, pumping was not necessary at all and, as far as I know, was never really carried out A quantity of electricity sufficient to supply several hundred households, and since there is no pumping, additional electricity is saved, i.e. BioBio ...
    Who wants to know more:
    To the power plant: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zweribachwerk
    About the Gütermann company: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gütermann
    It is worth reading !! And a tour of the Zweribach Falls is the highlight in the Simonswälder Tal anyway.

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    • April 17, 2018

  • steffend

    Lake Balaton is part of an old hydroelectric power station system

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    • December 2, 2016

  • Roman Domhardt + Zera vom Laucherttal

    It is a reservoir for electricity generation, bio electricity

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    • November 28, 2016

  • Stephan Giehl

    Small reservoir. Idyllic location. Also accessible by car.

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    • August 24, 2018

  • Bea 🌲🚶🏽‍♀️

    Ideal for a break on the circular hike to the Zweribach waterfalls and over the Hirschbach falls back to St. Peter. Exhausting but wonderful 👍

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    • July 7, 2020

  • Uwe

    I only know Lake Balaton filled with pictures. Unfortunately he was left with us.

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    • June 10, 2021

  • tschabau

    Currently, Lake Balaton is obviously without a lake

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    • July 25, 2021

  • OLAF

    Storage lake for energy production for Gütermann Garnwerke

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    • August 4, 2019

  • Kwak

    Near the lake is the restaurant Plattenhof, where you can stop for a bite to eat.

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    • November 10, 2019


    Beautiful reservoir in a quiet location. 🦊

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    • February 13, 2021

  • Sophia

    Lake Balaton has been drained because the hydropower plant is to be rehabilitated.

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    • April 26, 2021

  • JR on Tour

    When I passed here, the lake was just without water

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    • May 23, 2021

  • Aguara01

    The water was drained from Lake Balaton in summer 2020 to determine the need for rehabilitation. This seems to be high because it was not replenished at the planned time after a few months (badische-zeitung.de/aus-dem-plattensee-bei-st-peter- wird-ab-august-das -water-drained--187416893.html)

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    • April 27, 2022

  • OLAF

    Artificial to generate electricity for Gütermann (yarns) storage lake.

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    • June 23, 2019

  • Carsten Zink

    Lake Balaton is located at the foot of the Kandel between Simonswald and St. Peter at an altitude of about 1000 m
    Unfortunately no water at the moment.

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    • February 19, 2022

  • 🇺🇦🇪🇺 Ira + Marcus S.

    Lake Balaton is currently still empty and the dam walls don't look renovated yet.

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    • May 10, 2022

  • Piet

    Plattensee is no more. Dam broken

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    • 4 days ago

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