République tchèque

Northern Hungary


f we look down from atop Hungary's highest peak, the 1014-meter high Kékestetõ, the view is wonderful: forested mountain peaks line up as far as the horizon with river basins cradled among them. The rows of wine-plants on the gentle slopes and the steeples glimmering through the distance indicate the workmanship of men. We rightly feel: Every step brings a new experience!

The mountains on Hungary's northern border are captivating at first sight, and if we yield to temptation and start ranging along the winding roads, we'll become attached to this place forever. We can admire both tiny, several hundred-year-old churches and towering cathedrals with steeples in the clouds. We can find accommodation in hotels meeting the most stringent demands or in idyllic village cottages; we can see the ruins of castles defying the elements and centuries as well as dignified baroque palaces decorating the towns.

We can wander among whispering brooks with silvery foam, silky rivers, mysterious caves and mountain lakes. We can relax and "take the cure" in hot springs, gaze awe-struck at herds galloping across verdant plateaux, or seek a glimpse of our rare and protected bird, the sakeret, in its nest high in the rocks. This land is the home of famous wines, fabulous traditional dress and other natural and cultural gifts now part of UNESCO's World Heritage.

Many people have fallen in love with Northern Hungary; for most, it's love at first sight. Walk through it together with us and open your heart to its beauty!

Eger is one of the most wonderful baroque towns in Hungary. It can boast a 1000-year-old bishop's seat (it is an archdiocese today), a glorious past and valuable groups of monuments. 
It was István Dobó who made it the town of patriotism. In 1552 he and his small troop resisted the Turkish army (a force 20 times as large) for more than a month.
Eger is more than a town of thermal baths and students; it is also a town of wine: the excellent red and white wines of its famous and historic wine-producing region are measured in several hundred-year-old cellars.

Sárospatak is the best-known small town in the country. It is called the "Hungarian Cambridge", the "Athens on the Bodrog". It was a favourite town of Ferenc Rákóczi II, the prince who fought against the Habsburgs for the freedom of Hungary. The highlight of the town is the Rákóczi Castle.
Historic locations provide a wonderful setting for the cultural events of the Zemplen Art Days in August. Regular boat lines run from the port of Bodrog to Tokaj. The water of the thermal baths and pools in Sárospatak is recommended for articular diseases.

Hollókõ hides among the undulations of the Cserhát hills about 100 km from Budapest in a picturesque setting.
Hollokõ is an outstanding example of a deliberately preserved traditional settlement. This village, which developed mainly during the 17th and 18th centuries, is a living example of rural life before the agricultural revolution of the 20th century.
The history of the village goes back to the 13th century, when after the Mongol invasion the castle was built on Szár Hill. From this castle there is a beautiful view over the surrounding protected area, which is a part of the Bükk National Park.

The Tokaj region "TOKAJHEGYALJA" is situated 200 kms from Budapest near the Slovakian and Ukrainian border. The officially designated and encircled agricultural land - approximately 6000 hectare - includes 26 villages. The wines produced here are allowed to use the word Tokaji in their name. This region had the first wine worldwide to be registered as a trademark back in the 18th century.

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