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Hungary

2.2 km (1.4 miles) NE of Alsóörs, Veszprém, Hungary
Approx. altitude: 102 m (334 ft)
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Antipode: 47°S 162°W

Accuracy: 32 m (104 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: From the coast #3: By the confluence to north #4: By the confluence to south #5: Our GPS by the confluence #6: Me by the confluence #7: Our vehicle we used for approaching

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  47°N 18°E (visit #1)  

#1: From the water of Balaton

(visited by Ferenc Kumin)

27-Aug-2001 -- To get to this confluence I used a Garmin eTrex handheld GPS. We happen to have a summer house in Alsóörs some 2.5 km away from the 47N 18E confluence. Alsóörs actually is a great holyday spot of Hungary by the famous lake Balaton on its north coast, 120 km away from Budapest.

First I started my hunt by car following the pointer of my GPS. It showed that I would have to drive along the coast of the lake. As I followed the sign I got to a spot where I had to leave the car and walk across some lands straight toward the lake. At this point I was about 180 m away from the confluence. I took the first pictures from there. As I crossed the main road and the rails, I realized that I was still short with more than 100 m, but I could not walk into the reeds. I figured out that I would have to approach the spot from the water. I went back to our house, left the car there, and went down to the beach. There were a rather big variety of different water-vehicles to hire, but since the distance was still 2 km from the beach, there was no wind at all to sail (it is not allowed to use motorboats on Balaton), and the digicam was not water proof, I chose a water-bike.

Together with my mum we got to the confluence by 20 minutes of riding this rather awful machine. Unfortunately the spot seemed to be inside the reeds. Since this water-bike was relatively wide, we had big difficulties getting into the more and more dense group of reeds. We could approach the confluence to 32 meters where I took some pictures of the reeds around. Even from this place it took ten minutes of horrible muddling to get out to the free water. I took some pictures from there as well. After finishing this great job I jumped into the water to cool myself down. With 10 minutes of delay we brought back the water-bike, which we hired for one hour, but the guy there really did not care. He was glad that some people took his machine off-season for a rather rip-off price of about 4 dollars.


 All pictures
#1: From the water of Balaton
#2: From the coast
#3: By the confluence to north
#4: By the confluence to south
#5: Our GPS by the confluence
#6: Me by the confluence
#7: Our vehicle we used for approaching
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
Close to the northwestern lakeside of lake Balaton's northeastern part.