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Recommended by 157 out of 172 hikers


  • 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

  • steffend

    Lake Balaton is part of an old hydroelectric power station system

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    • December 2, 2016

  • 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: 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:
    About the Gütermann company:ütermann
    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Uwe

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

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    • June 10, 2021

  • OLAF

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

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    • June 23, 2019

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