Visegrád-town Of Three Kingdoms
The town of Visegrád is located on the no.11 main road, 43 km north of Budapest. It can be accessed by car or bus using this main road, or by boat on the Danube.
At MAHART boat station a scheduled boat service and pleasure boat service is operating. From Nagymaros direction the ferry connection provides the passanger and vehicle transport, which runs at least once an hour.
The Citadel is the widest-known element of the Visegrád fortress system (water fortress, lower fortress and upper fortress), as the building is erected on the top of the Castle Hill, which can be seen from the distance from every direction, and it is a popular destination for Visegrád excursions and hiking tours.
The irregular-shaped fortress can be accessed through the pentagon-shaped external eastern gate tower, which is located behind the car park.
Once we proceed, we enter the external castle courtyard, presenting a magnificent view, then we continue to the lower castle courtyard and through the strong southern gate tower we reach the inner castle courtyard. The inner castle’s lower courtyard served as the residency of the castle-guards.
The Nagy-villám Entertainment Centre offers various programs for those who are looking for an active relaxation: canopy-, bob-, mini golf- and during wintertime a ski slope is awaiting its customers. The Visitor Centre and tourist spot in Mogyoróhegy is very popular among those who prefer the fresh air and pleasant surroundings; also the Danube Bend Forest School and Jurta Campsite are popular.
Visegrád’s latest treasure is its thermal and mineral water, which are brought to the surface from 1400 m depth with the help of the wells of the Lepence Valley. This 39 °C thermal water supplies the swimming pool of Lepence, which was opened in 1977, where the Lepencei Brook reaches the Danube. From the terraced pools of the complex there is a beautiful view of the Danube Bend’s Dömös area.
The most beautiful and highest-level hotel of the Danube Bend, the Thermal Hotel Visegrád**** opened its gates in 2003. The thermal-, wellness- and conference hotel offers 174 rooms, an excellent restaurant and many entertainment activities, therapies, fitness, wellness and spa services to its visitors.
The old route was located in the Lower Castle, next to the Solomon Tower and crossing the northern tower gate built in the 13th century. Today this is the Panoráma Street northern part, and if we continue along approx. 300 m we get to the Sibrik Hill
Esztergom-crowning City Of Hungary
The Ister-Granum Euroregion is situated at the crossroads of the wander ways of nations and cultures, at the heart of Central Europe, also the middle of Europe. This picturesque area is the land of kings, scientists and artists where three rivers, the Danube, the Hron and the Ipoly join their waters.
Nature and history shaped a peerlessly exciting culture along these rivers. Since 11 October 2001, the date of the repeated handover of the Mária Valéria bridge, this culture-land offers its sights and beauty to the visitors as a unified region. The Ister-Granum Euroregion, bearing the name of the two rivers, the Danube and the Hron, offers its visitors an experience of borderless relaxation with the hallmark of European spirituality.
The Ister-Granum Euroregion is situated on the Hungarian-Slovakian border. Its area is over 2,000 m2 and the population exceeds 200,000 inhabitants. With the Mária Valéria bridge between Esztergom and Štúrovo (Párkány) as its heart, the region forms a natural geographical unit.
Over a third of the Ister-Granum Euroregion is a natural preservation area. Tourists can become familiar with the waterlife of the Tát Islands and the Paris Swamp, the rare plants and game of huge forests and the picturesque mountain scenery walking along study paths and hiking trails.
The monumental Basilica, built between 1822 and 1869 is the largest church of the country. In the sacrarium one can admire Grigoletti’s altarpiece, titled ‘Maria’s ascension’, which is the largest painting on a single canvas (13*6,5 m) of the whole world.
The only medieval building of the cathedral that prevailed, one of the most magnificent buildings of the Reneissance era, the Bakócz chapel was built in the southern side of the Basilica.
The shrines of high priests and burial places of archbishops can be found in the crypt below the church. This is also where Primate József Mindszenty’s relics were laid on 4 May 1991. Since then, the undercroft (crypts) has become a popular pilgrim destination.
In the upstairs rooms of the Basilica, visitors can admire the masterpieces of the world-famous Cathedral Treasury. Hungary’s richest religious treasury, goldsmith and textile collection is significant on a worldwide scale. The most important pieces of the filigrees are the coronation cross from the Arpad era, (This is what Hungarian kings swore on at the coronation ceremony.) and the Mathias calvary, that is made of gold and decorated with pearls, jewels.
Apart from the well known forestry area of Guth we can offer guests hunts in area belonging to clubs with excellent fallow deer populations. The best time to hunt for fallow bucks is during the rutting in October. Cull bucks are hunted from November to January, but four full hunting days should be scheduled.
The average weight of the fallow buck antlers is between 2-3,5 kg, but we can offer hunts for big fallow bucks, with trophies exceeding 4 kg, in areas belonging to our partners.
This hunting lodge is located in Zala hilly-country in west side of Somogy county in a small peninsula surrounded by fishing ponds and forests in the middle of an 8 ha arboretum which was founded by baron Inkey. This eco-tourist centre was rebuilt in 2003 in the framework of Széchenyi-plan.
It is proper to serve foods to groups with up to 40 persons and to organize companies' meetings and family events.Many families and friends come here because it provides nice forest landscape,tasty foods, hunting and fishing possibilities and tours to the guests, who need active relaxation. Zalakaros a famous thermal bath is 20 minutes by car. There are two nice cities worth of visiting very close to the hunting lodge; they are Nagykanizsa and Csurgó. Lake Baláta in the near Kaszó and its nature conservation surroundings are also very interesting as well as the River Dráva having the clearest water in Hungary.
The park is situated on the border between Budapest and Budakeszi. In this area the dominant north-westerly winds blowfresh air to the forests of the community. Thus the forests of the valleys at the edge of Budapest, surrounding Budakeszi are of special importance. Not very long ago the area used to be the recreational place for famous people. Signs used to advertise the privilege of the crowned few - "Forbidden crown land!"
The Budakeszi Wildlife Park was opened to the public in 1979, the International Children's Year. The 327 hectares are fenced in. The Pilis Forest Park Corporation established a "public utility" organization for the management of the central area of the Wildlife Park in 1997. In these almost 26 hectares, one can find the public parking lot, rest area, fire pits, wildlife showing area, and the starting point for the various trails.
This popular hiking destination is situated 25 km from Eger and 160 km from Budapest, at the bottom of Bükk Mountains, in the vicinity of Szilvásvárad in Heves County. The Valley itself belongs to Egererdő Forestry Company, and its environmental protection is managed by Bükk National Park. Surrounded by a medium-sized mountain range, the valley took the name Szalajka after the potash burning that used to be the main resource of living for the residents of Szilvásvárad in the 19th century. The Latin for potash is sali alcali, hence the Hungarian szalalkáli.
Nearly half of the valley’s lush flora consists of hornbeam oak forests, while on around the third of the area tall beech trees are trying to reach the sky. The observant hiker will find pedunculate and moss-capped oaks to rest under.
Szalajka Valley has literally been inhabited since prehistoric times. As evidenced by the Palaeolithic findings excavated in Istállóskő Cave, humans were wandering the territory 35–40 thousand years ago. Written sources, as early as the 1300s, mention the name Wárad (Szilvásvárad). According to the chronicles, King Louis the Great enjoyed sojourning in the surroundings of the valley.
A considerable proportion of the residents of Szilvásvárad currently works in tourism. They endeavour to satisfy all eventual needs of the visitors coming here to enjoy the wonderful environment, the fresh air and tranquillity. The European Union has granted more than 500 million HUF in financial support to Egererdő Inc. for the development of the Valley, the narrow-gauge railway, the forest school and the valley road.
Since about the third of the old 21.6 km-long railway track has been removed, today the forest train chuffs along a section of just 3.6 km. Despite the short distance, the Szalajka valley forest railway is the busiest narrow-gauge railway in Hungary. In addition a regular service, the railway can be hired for private events by school classes, businesses or other groups.
Kalocsa- the town of paprika and kalocsa embroidery
Our town is a real, lovely little town by River Danube where the air is clean and you can take a sightseeing tour by bike, learn about handcraft, immerse in local traditions, admire the treasure collected by the archbishops over a thousand years and also have a rest tasting delicious paprika dishes, as Kalocsa is the capital of growing spice paprika.
In the heart of the downtown you can discover one of the nicest Baroque Cathedrals of Hungary with its magnificent Angster organ which was even played by composer Franz Liszt in the 19th century who acknowledged it.
Near the Cathedral you can catch sight of the Archiepiscopal Palace surrounded by horse chestnut trees and the Holy Trinity Square where the open-air Christmas Crib is placed before Christmas. In the evenings the story of the Three Magi is presented by local people. The 18th century buildings of the square still preserve the historical atmosphere of the place. You can discover all the reminiscences of the one thousand-year-old past in these buildings and the institutes operating there.
The Archiepiscopal Library is uniquely rich in codices and incunabula dating back to the first centuries of book printing. The main attraction of the library is definitely the Baroque reading room furnished with great care and artistic sense by Archbishop Ádám Patachich (1732-1784). The Archiepiscopal Treasury and Archives preserve a remarkably varied collection to present the history of the one thousand-year-old Kalocsa Archbishopric.
In addition to the outstanding repertory of birth, marriage and death register, it also offers plenty of information on local education, economy, politics and public life, law court as well as documents of church administration. It is obvious, as the archbishops of the diocese governed huge country districts in the Middle Ages and they even lead the army in patriotic fights.
We may say that the locals do not just maintain traditions, but actually live in them. The typical Kalocsa folk art motifs are well-known everywhere as they appear on folk costumes – even nowadays a lot of people are involved in embroidery making and some elderly ladies still wear folk costumes in the street every day – and they can also be discovered on the walls of houses due to the skilful hands of painting women or on the deservedly famous Kalocsa porcelain.
he products of the Kalocsa Porcelain Painting Manufacture have been featured by the media several times nowadays. Also Prince William and Princess Catherine appreciated the tea service decorated with beautiful old Kalocsa motifs which was sent to them by Kalocsa town to congratulate on their wedding.
McLaren pilots Louis Hamilton and Jensen Button were presented with hand-painted porcelain cups by the Kalocsa delegation attending the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2011.
In 2012 Tamás Nádas stunt pilot world champion flew the Kalocsa folk art motif up to the sky and at the World Championship organized in Hungary he could step on the first place on the winners’ stand in his overalls decorated with the same motifs.
The beautiful bank of River Danube and Lake Szelid, the gem hidden among poplars are also regarded to be main tourist attractions thanks to the medicinal water and nice surroundings which attract lots of tourists here in summer.
Mohács-the home of busó carnival
The Busójárás is an annual celebration of the Šokci living in the town of Mohács, Hungary, held at the end of the Carnival season, ending the day before Ash Wednesday. The celebration features Busós (people wearing traditional masks) and includes folk music, masquerading, parades and dancing. Busójárás lasts six days, usually during February. It starts on a Thursday, followed by the Kisfarsang (Little Farsang) carnival on Friday, with the biggest celebration, Farsang vasárnap (Farsang Sunday) on the seventh Sunday before Easter Sunday; the celebration then ends with Farsangtemetés (Burial of Farsang) on the following Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras). These traditional festivities have been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the UNESCO in 2009.
Baja - The town of Fishsoup
The second biggest city of Bács-Kiskun county is located 167 km from Budapest, with almost 40 thousand inhabitants.
The city is an important traffic hub. By car, from the direction of Budapest on route 51, from Kecskemét on route 54, and from Szeged on route 55. By train Baja is accessible on the line of Bátaszék –Baja –Kiskunhalas.
The city is blessed with wonderful natural treasures, which lend it a special attraction. The Danube and its tributary, Sugovica attract here fans of water sports, hiking and angling. There are about forty buildings of monumental and cityscape importance in the city. The city of forty thousand has been home to Hungarian, German, Serbian and Croatian ethnic groups for several centuries. The buildings and the traditions of Baja will always preserve this diversity.
The Baja Festival - Baja Fish Feast heritage event attracts a huge number of tourists, in the feast there are several thousand people cooking the famous fish soup of Baja at the same time. Year by year several thousand visitors taste this world famous soup and the wines of the region, both in the fish feast and in the restaurants. The music life of the city is enriched by two enthusiastic amateur choirs: Franz Liszt Choir and Ad Libitum Choir, as well as several tambura orchestras. There are organ concerts held 8 times a year in the two churches located downtown, in Saint Peter and Saint Paul Churches of Downtown as well as in the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, in the series of events titled DOWNTOWN ORGAN NIGHTS.
Gemenc is a unique forest that is found between Szekszárd and Baja, in Hungary. This is the only remaining tidal area of the Danube in Hungary. The wood's fauna include stags, boars, storks, grey herons, gyrfalcons, meadow eagles, and kites. Various amphibians and reptiles can also be found. The stag population has worldwide fame, since its genetic stock is outstanding, and the stags' antlers are impressive. Due to the various watery habitats, many fish species are present.
Close to the waters, willow and poplar forests are typical. It is the habitat of the curiosity Freyer's purple emperor (Hungarian: Magyar színjátszólepke). Furthermore, Gemenc is home to 13 other sheltered butterfly species.
Farther from the rivers, large oak-ash-elm forests spread. These are the homes of the stag beetles, great pricorn beetles, as well as of a kind of spider which only lives in Gemenc.
Gemenc is part of the Danube-Drava National Park, and it is a nature reserve. The frequent floods of the Danube do great injury to its wildlife.