Photographer's Note

Lake Balaton, a rift lake, located in Hungary, is the largest lake in Central Europe and one of the foremost regional tourist destinations. The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalized Sió is the only outflow. With a surface area of 592 km˛ it has a length of 77 km and a width ranging from 4 to 14 km. The lake's surface is 104 m above sea level and its depth varies up to 12.2 m (mean depth is 3.2 m).

Though in the era when the region belonged to the Roman Empire (as part of Provincia Pannonia) the lake was used already for regular transport shipping (except those of fishermen) declined in the Middle Ages. Public transport by steamers started in the mid 19th century and sailing became popular only in the first decades of the 20th century.

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