Lately, Lake Bokod became a real spectacle – if you are a dedicated photographer, I bet you have already shot some pictures here – if not yet, I’m pretty sure sooner or later you will. This was the scene of the Utóélet, a Hungarian drama, and an actual commercial of New Zealand was taken place here as well.
Many Hungarians relate to Lake Bokodi as the Hungarian Maldives in a big way, like you know, Lake Balaton is the Hungarian sea ..:) Even though this tiny village built on bollards are fascinating without doubt, still it has its controversial sides. If you type Lake Bokodi in Google, you can find amazing captures of it, but it is literally just one side of the story of the floating houses. Most of the pictures were taken from the same spot, so the huge pipe of the power station cannot be seen, even though it cuts the lake in half, and since there is no drainage system, the coast is cluttered with makeshift outside toilets.
The story of the lake has begun years after in 1961 when the thermal power station of Oroszlány was built. A cooling pond was needed, which shortly became a paradise for fishermen. They started to build their wooden huts on the lake so today they make up a whole little village of the floating houses. At first sight, the scenery of the power plant might be deterrent, but actually, it had many advantages on the surroundings. Because of the higher temperature of the water, a rich flora and fauna could evolve so the braver ones could dip in it even during winter. The lake is never frozen, its temperature is around 18 °C degrees in general. In 2015 the powerhouse was shut down, so there will be no smoke spouting from the chimney again.
I wasn’t expecting so many people around, still, there were plenty of them trying to record a dreamy picture of the place. Some came to take a walk and amaze the no ordinary view, but I was there to capture the sunset with my drone above the lake. The funny part is that just right before leaving home, I found the star of the above-mentioned commercial of New Zealand. In the scene, an elder man was talking about how cheap here the internet is. Well, I met with that man in person, and he even invited me to his gang-board and told me about his experiences of taking part in a foreign advertisement.
Bokod is really an awesome place which worth visiting at least once if you are around. It’s photogenic, not to mention that it’s cool to wander around and explore the different huts and boats on the wooden duck-boards which lead through the water.