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Western Hungary Tour I.

Sopron - Szombathely - Sárvár - Sümeg - Kőszeg

Sopron is the so-called Town of Fidelity in Hungary, for the important role it played in history. The city has a nice Romanesque atmosphere, tiny little houses and squares, a Fire Tower, and an amazingly busy cultural life. The settlement of Szombathely has been existing for almost 2000 years, and the fact that Septinus Severus was called in to become a ceasar from this settlement, shows how significant a role it played in the Roman times. Sights, one should not miss are the Garden of Ruins, the Franziscan church and the cathedral. Sárvár has one of the most well-known spa resorts in the country, its  - has its own castle from the 16th century. In Sümeg one can find the biggest and best preserved castle ruins of western Hungary, dating back to the 13th century, the Bishop's Mansion built in baroque style and a remarkable church from the 18th century with the most beautiful frescoes of the famous Austrian painter Anton Maulbertsch. Kőszeg itself is a small, but pretty museum, where each stone and window is a masterpiece of art filled with life.

 

Western Hungary Tour II.

Győr - Pannonhalma - Herend - Veszprém - Tihany

Győr, on the middleway between Budapest and Vienna is a nice Baroque city, the meeting point of three of Hungary's main rivers. Though Pannonhalma is a tiny little village, it is world-famous for the 1000-year-old abbey of Franciscans, standing high upon a hill, overlooking the area, and educating children on the highest level. In Herend one can visit the special 'Porcelanium', the museum and factory of the famous china that is being produced for more than 150 years. Veszprém is the city of the Hungarian Queens, where most Hungarian royals had been crowned, its fortress is also well-know. Tihany is the most beautiful place around Lake Balaton, on top of the sole peninsula of the lake, that has another 1000-year-old abbey right on the peak, offering a breathtaking view of the region.

 

Northern Hungary Tour III.

Eger - Bélapátfalva - Szilvásvárad - Mezőkövesd

 

Eger - one of the most beautiful baroque towns of Hungary  - was already inhabited at the time of the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin. One can still visit the mediaeval downtown, and the minarets and baths of the Turkish era. The beautiful paintings of the classicist cathedral, the Lyceum and the baroque houses with their wooden doors, each tell about the history of this remarkable town. The most significant establishment in the area, a mixture of French and Gothic styles stands in Bélapátfalva, a church built in the 13th century. Szilvásvárad is full of natural beauties, and is the home of the world-famous 'Lipizan' horses. Mezőkövesd is the centre of the 'Matyó'  region, the special embroideries and traditions that are still alive today in that area.

 

 

Northern Hungary Tour IV.

Szerencs - Tokaj - Boldogkőváralja - Vizsoly - Sárospatak

 

Szerencs is a well-known name for all kids in Hungary, thanks to its famous chocolate factory. Besides this the town has a beautiful castle built in the 16th century. Tokaj is a world-famous wine-growing region, home of the 'wine of kings, king of wines'. On the top of the hill of Boldogkőváralja one can find the ruins of a castle from the 13th century. Vizsoly, in the neighbourhood is not only significant for the reformed church, the 'Bible of Vizsoly' is well-known all over the world, and each copy of it has an incredible value. Sárospatak has been a significant centre of education since the 17th century. Its Lyceum and library has a beautiful interior design, and is full of rare and exclusive books that tell all about the history of the city.

 

Southern Hungary Tour V.

Pécs - Siklós - Villány - Harkány ? Mohács

 

Pécs is a modern cultural centre of Hungary, though its history dates back to the Roman ages. One can visit remaining sights from almost all centuries, such as the Dome and its treasury, the Roman cemetery cellars, the Dsami of the Turks, and fantastic museums of the famous Zsolnay porcelain, and the painters Csontváry and Vasarely. Máriagyűd, a tiny village in the area has a well-known pilgrims' church. Hidden among the hills of Baranya, the village of Villány is famous for its wine, Harkány has an acknowledged name among thermal spas in the country. Siklós was a significant fortress since the Roman ages, and today's castle has been standing since the 14th century. Mohács, besides the important role it played in Hungarian history, has a special tradition too, the so-called 'Busó march' each February, showing the most interesting masquerade of the region.

Eastern Hungary Tour VI.

Debrecen - Hortobágy - Hajdúszoboszló - Kecskemét - Kalocsa - Hajós

Debrecen, the second largest city of the country is a centre of east Hungary and at the same time the centre of the reformed church. It is located close to Hortobágy, the area that is worldwide-known as the synonym for the Hungarian "puszta". Hajdúszoboszló has an excellent reputation for spa treatments curing rheumatic diseases, and besides this it offers a wide range of services for wellness and recreation, for healthy people too! Kecskemét is the home of delicious Hungarian apricots, the 'pálinka', and the world-famous Kodály Institute. The red pepper of Kalocsa is the most delicious, the beautiful Bishop's Library and the Folk Arts House with wall paintings, and the classical concerts in the cathedral are a thing that one should not miss. Hajós the old Svabian village awaits visitors with its rows of cellars all around it.

 

Eastern Hungary Tour VII.

Kalocsa - Szeged - Pusztaszer - Lake Tisza

 

This part of the Big Hungarian Plain is, to a great grief to the Hungarians, mostly unknown to the tourist coming from West - Europe. For all those who take the trouble for coming so far to the east from the Danube, this  region will offer a lot of newness.

 

Kalocsa is the city of the Hungarian paprika. Those who come here in September can have the opportunity to take part on a paprika harvest, but at least it is worth visiting the Paprika-museum. As sights we recommend the Archiepiscopal Library and the Folk Art House to visit or listen to a concert in the Cathedral. The hand-painted railway station, some might remember it from the film 'Piroska', must be visited. Szeged is the city where the Nobel laureate Albert Szentgyörgyi, as a university professor, from the paprika for the first time vitamin 'C' obtained. An open-air theatre offers cultural programs in summer. The rebuilding of this town after the Great Flood war a real clamping. Almost all capitals in Europe have sent some money for the restoration. Now names of the big boulevards imply of this.  Museum, University, where a lot of well-known Hungarians have studied, Paprika and Salami landmark this town. In Pusztaszer a national monument is to be found that reminds of the 'Landtaking'. You can also see the tools our ancestors used. Lake Tisza is the Paradise for the water-lovers, surfer, swimmer, rower, fisher and for all those who enjoy nature, where it really protected is. With a boat-trip on the lake will this visit unforgettable. This lake becomes soon a great concurrence to the lake Balaton.