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100 years of driving around Lake Balaton

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018 —

Photo: FORTEPAN

In the early days of motorised transport, Lake Balaton quickly filled with cars, while decent roads and rest stops were created to serve them. This pioneeering era was captured by the photographers of the day.

The popularity of Lake Balaton meant that railways, decent roads and, in time, even a motorway were built to help tourists get there quickly and comfortably. From the archives of public resource Fortepan, here’s a selection of photographs depicting cars at Lake Balaton from the past century.

1925, Siófok. An automobile gets a refill in the middle of Siófok’s busy main street.

Photo: ATTILA JURÁNYI/ FORTEPAN

1933, Balatonalmádi. A group pose around a dream car.

Photo: PÉTER KARABÉLYOS/ FORTEPAN

1935, Lepsény. A humorous sign reminds drivers to go slowly in order to avoid ending up in the cemetery.

Photo: PRIVATE PHOTO AND FILM ARCHIVE-TIBOR HÖFLER COLLECTION/ FORTEPAN

1940, Balatonkenese. The town didn’t look like a resort as it does now.

Photo: FORTEPAN

1943, Tihany-Gödrös. This summer photo was taken during World War II at one of the army’s training camps for students of mechanics.

Photo: TIVADAR LISSÁK/ FORTEPAN

1943, Szántód. A 1935 Ford V8 Modell 48 at the ferry port.

Photo: TIVADAR LISSÁK/ FORTEPAN

1951, Balatonkeresztúr. A Skoda 1101 Tudor taxi on Main Road 7, with Badacsony in the background.

Photo: UVATERV/ FORTEPAN

1956, Székesfehérvár. Pictured below are the so-called mini cars named Alba Regia and Balaton.

Photo: FORTEPAN

1957, Siófok. A Buick Roadmaster at the dock.

Photo: MIHÁLY SZENT-TAMÁSI/ FORTEPAN

1959, Tihany. A hatchback Ikarus bus at the dock.

Photo: FORTEPAN

1961, Szántód. A member of the new ferry fleet.

Photo: FORTEPAN

1964, Balatonakarattya. Two women washing a car at the beach.

Photo: ZOLTÁN LENCSE/ FORTEPAN

1965, Balatonkeresztúr. With cars came rest stops: Utasellátó and Autóscsárda were popular places for a quick bite.

Photo: JÓZSEF HUNYADY/ FORTEPAN

1966, Siófok. A policeman controls traffic on the town’s main street.

Photo: MAGYAR RENDŐR/ FORTEPAN

1967, Balatonakarattya. Main Road 71 and a hitchhiker.

Photo: ISTVÁN PÉTERFFY/ FORTEPAN

1971, somewhere in Lake Balaton.  A Trabant 601 gets a wash by the waterfront.

Photo: UVATERV/ FORTEPAN

1972, Balatonfüred. The view from the Marina Hotel.

Photo: LECHNER NONPROFIT KFT. DOKUMENTÁCIÓS KÖZPONT / VÁTI / FORTEPAN

1975, somewhere along highway M7. The opening ceremony after the Balatonvilágos section of highway M7 was finished.

Photo: UVATERV/ FORTEPAN

1977, Balatonföldvár. A Hungarian police officer checks Italian tourists travelling in a Mini Morris.

Photo: TAMÁS URBÁN/ FORTEPAN

1979, Balatonboglár. Rubor buses in front of a hotel.

Photo: LAJOS BALÁZS/ FORTEPAN

1982, Balatonfüred. Tamás Urbán’s legendary photograph was taken at a new-wave festival: the awakening Hungarian punk scene wasn’t welcomed by the police, standing in the background.

Photo: TAMÁS URBÁN/ FORTEPAN

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