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SÁSTÓ

Tiny village, great adventures – climb the uppermost lookout tower of Hungary or row a boat on the country’s highest-altitude boating lake.
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Tiny village, great adventures – climb one of the uppermost lookout towers of Hungary or walk around the country’s highest-altitude lake. If this is not enough, with a short walk you can reach the Oxygen Adrenaline Park, Hungary’s highest-lying adventure park. The attractions that will surely boost your adrenaline level include the suspension bridge, the bobsled track, the climbing wall, the quad course, the only giant swing in Central Europe and many other rides. The park welcomes families too: children can enjoy the eurobungy trampoline, the children’s adventure park, the petting zoo or the water ball. Discover what else awaits you in this village and in the Oxygen Adrenaline Park.

For more information visit: www.sasto.hu

Oxygen Adrenaline Park

 Since 2009 the territory of the former Sástó quarry has been filled with an increasing number of facilities and rides to attract visitors. The park, which occupies 145,000 m², guarantees amusement with plenty of entertaining attractions: bobsled track, suspension bridge, forest adventure park, eurobungy trampoline, children’s adventure park, playhouse, 360˚ swing, petting zoo, bouncy castle, climbing wall, forest labyrinth, giant swing, paintball, canopy zip-wire, water ball, space ring, electric jet ski, water obstacle course and archery.
For more information visit: www.adrenalin-park.hu

Sástó lookout tower

 The foremost sight of the settlement, the yellow lookout tower has an unusual history. It was transported to Algyő in the Great Plain from Romania to be used as an oil rig. However it did not meet the Hungarian requirements so it could not be put to work. It was transferred to Sástó in 1973 to be erected as a lookout tower next to the boating lake. Enjoy the breathtaking view after a few minutes of easy stair-climbing!

Sástó (Reed Lake)

The once marshy and fenland area, fed by rain- and groundwater was transformed into a resort in the 1960s. The lake, which lies at 507 metres above sea level, is around one metre deep.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • that Sástó is one of the most popular resorts of the area?
  • that the lake was created artificially on a former fenland?
  • that you can get from Sástó to the Oxygen Adrenaline Park on a pathway of stairs?
  • that Sástó offers events all year round?

 

 

GYÖNGYÖS

This little town, embraced by the slopes of the Mátra Mountains, has plenty of historical places and sights worth exploring by all visitors. You can take a pleasant walk in the heart of the town, which offers many sights, events and gastronomic experiences.
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 The inner city, with a Mediterranean feel and uniform style, presents a harmonious sight. The rows of famous buildings, churches and town houses in the old town provide a pleasant walking path for visitors. A prominent attraction of the inner city is the Baroque-style Saint Bartholomew Church, whose treasury contains valuable Renaissance liturgical objects. The Grassalkovich House (which was also built in the Baroque style), the Orczy House, the Mátra Museum and the Franciscan Church are all must-see attractions of the town. Visit the fountains, the ornamental wells, the neoclassical synagogue, and the Gyöngyös residence of Francis II Rákóczi (Ferenc Rákóczi, leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburgs in 1703–11). Have you become exhausted? Would you like to try the local specialities? Feel free to choose from wines made from excellent grapes in the homeland of the Mátra vineyards. In addition to the traditional Italian Riesling, Leányka and Muscat Ottonel, winemakers produce Blanc, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Gries wines as well.
The region has launched an innovative initiative, the so called “winecaching”, which means that hidden bottles of wine must be found with the help of satellite navigation systems. Would you be interested in winecaching? Then go to www.winecaching.hu!
For more information visit www.gyongyos.hu

 

Saint Bartholomew Church

 The most significant sight on the main square is the impressive, two-towered parish church named after Saint Bartholomew. The site of the Baroque “great church” was occupied by a much smaller church in the 13th century, which has since become one of the largest churches of Hungary as a result of continuous expansions. The first expansion was carried out by Tamás Szécsényi, a feudal lord of the town. The church has a unique floor plan due to the axial pillar.

Grassalkovich House

 The two-story Grassalkovich House is located in the heart of the town, at Fő tér 10. (10 Main Square). Today this Baroque building houses the town’s public library. The richly decorated coat of arms of the Grassalkovich family can be seen on the façade of the building. The gallery upstairs is the home of the Huszár Lajos Numismatic Collection consisting of unique coins, and houses a permanent exhibition of paintings by Lipót Hermann.

Orczy House

 The Orczy House, which is full of unique treasures, is located opposite the Grassalkovich House. The ground floor of the two-story building, erected in neoclassical style contains medieval and Baroque elements. The oldest part of the house was probably built in the 15th century. The core of the town house, the medieval, gothic quadripartite vault (rib vault on the ground floor) was exposed in 1964. This building used to house the archives, library and arms collection of the Orczy family.

DID YOU KNOW ?

  • that the town offers many interesting events, such as the revived old market, the Gyöngyös Vintage Days, or the Gyöngy International Folklore Festival?
  • that János Bottyán the legendary general, was buried here?
  • that Hungary’s largest mammoth skeleton is on display at the Mátra Museum
  • that this is the starting point of the Mátra railway line?
  • that Evliya Çelebi, a Turkish traveller, also mentioned the town’s vineyards and wines in his writings?
 

SIROK

A castle rises above the valley of the Tarna creek at the meeting point of two mountain ranges, the Bükk and the Mátra. The castle and the settlement received its name from the sad story of the heart‑broken King Darnó. Learn about the moving legend, discover the adventures of the castle and enjoy the Castle Games!
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 This little town, embraced by the slopes of the Mátra Mountains, has plenty of traces of bygone times and places of interest worth exploring by all visitors. You can take a pleasant walk in the heart of the town, which offers many sights, events and gastronomic experiences. The castle rising on the 296 m high Castle Hill was first mentioned in a document from 1320, but its history goes back as far as the Age of the Eurasian Avars. The castle houses a small museum and hosts many events.
For more information visit: www.sirok.hu

DID YOU KNOW?

  • that Sirok Castle is Hungary’s only castle built into a rock?
  • that every year a two-day event, called Castle Games is organised in June and the Sirok Castle Day, including a medieval feast, is held in October?
  • that romantic corridors zigzag through the castle?
  • the castle presents a picturesque sight in winter, especially during the Advent season?
 

KISNÁNA

Kisnána (Felsőnána until 1903) is located in the middle of the county, in the southern part of the Mátra Mountains, in a circular valley between Verpelét and Domoszló, 22 km from Gyöngyös, and 26 km from Eger. In addition to its castle, visitors are welcome to discover many of its events and legends!
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The settlement located in the southeast of the Mátra Mountains is known for the remains of the 15th century castle of the Kompolti family. The Castle Museum, which was opened in 1971, presents the architecture and folklore of ethnic Slovaks who settled here in the 17th century. Due to its setting, the vicinity of the village offers opportunities for nature walks, hunting and relaxation. The regular local annual events include the Vintage Festival, the Day of Ethnic Slovaks, as well as the Christmas fireworks.
For more information visit: www.kisnana.hu

Kisnána Castle

The terrain and flora have by now changed around the castle; however this place must have been a very advantageous location at the meeting point of the southeast slope of the Mátra and the flatland. The two streams originating in the Mátra served as natural defences by practically encircling the Castle Hill. (Archeological evidence shows that the Castle Hill was inhabited as early as in the Iron Age.) Walls exposed during archeological excavations reveal the floor plan of a 15th century castle, which consisted of a palace, a chapel, as well as residential and farm buildings, within two rings of walls. In the 16th century the castle was destroyed, and was never rebuilt. Therefore, the ruins provide an excellent insight into the design of medieval castles erected immediately before the appearance of Old Italian bastions. Along the walls, where deeper excavations were performed, the remains of an even earlier castle were found, however these could be only partially uncovered due to differences in the levels, and following measures taken for the preservation of the ruins.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • that the Kisnána Castle Games are one of the most popular events in the Mátra Mountains?
  • that there are four chronoscopes in the castle, i.e. instruments through which you can look back into the past and learn what the castle might have looked like?
  • that with the help of the village guesthouse keeper you can make peach jam on the castle grounds?
  • that Hungary’s largest opal was found here?
  • that during the winter local winemakers welcome visitors with Beaujolais Days?
  • that many interesting legends and stories are linked to the castle?
 

FALLÓSKÚT

The Chapel of Mary at Fallóskút is a nationally known pilgrimage site, and is visited by thousands of people every year.
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There is an idyllic trail leading to the Chapel, but it is also easily accessible by car. The village can boast an ever-growing number of sights, including the Gubola houses, the enamel Stations of the Cross or the marble sculpture of Mary.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • that Fallóskút was the home of Hungary’s only full-time hermit, Sándor Paszkál Szél?
  • that the construction of the various sights has been made possible through donations from other settlements, even from overseas?
 

MÁTRAVEREBÉLY

Mátraverebély lies at the meeting point of the Mátra and the Cserhát mountain ranges. The village is as old as the Hungarian state: the history of the most frequently visited and most popular shrine in northern Hungary dates back to the reign of Saint Ladislaus I.
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In the gorge of the Zagyva stream Mátraverebély is surrounded by the Kőszirt and Őr-hegy hills, which form part of the Cserhát Mountains, so practically the settlement belongs to the Mátra only through its name. Mátraverebély, which has a population of 2300, and is mostly known for its shrine, was first mentioned in a document in 1227. In the late 14th century King Sigismund granted national market rights to the settlement, which was owned by the Verebi family at that time. The village was destroyed during the Turkish rule. The repopulated settlement was acquired from the Turks by the Cistercian Order in 1733, and was subsequently purchased by the Almássy family in 1756. Szentkút played a crucial role in the life of the settlement.

Szentkút

 If you continue your way from Mátraverebély towards Bátonyterenye, you will find the turning for Szentkút on the left. The Franciscan monastery and church of Szentkút in the picturesque mountainous setting is a base for both religious and secular tourism. The springs and the rocks with “horseshoe imprints” can be accessed via the marked tourist trail in the narrow valley to the west of the church. The hermit caves are located in the rocky side of the Meszes-tető hill. Legend has it that King Saint Ladislaus jumped with his horse and the spring of Szentkút (Saint Well) shot up from the place from where the horse took off. The spring was visited by the Virgin Mary and since then the spring water has healed several people. According to another legend linked to the spring, a dumb shepherd boy was looking for water to quench his thirst when the Virgin Mary appeared to him among the treetops and pointed at a horseshoe-shaped indentation in the rock. The boy drank from the water of the spring, and became able to speak. After returning home he told about the wonder. His father enlarged the spring and this is how Szentkút came into being.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • that Pope Paul VI gave the well the title “Basilica Minor” on 26 April 1790?
 

EGER

Are you longing for a city break? Eger welcomes you with plenty of sights and special events. If you set off early, you will have time for everything. Start your day with the most prominent attraction of the town, Eger Castle, which was made famous by Captain István Dobó and other defenders of the castle. You can enjoy a superb view of the town from the castle. There are catacombs under the walls, but you can relive the fights against the Turks with the help of the museums and events of the castle.
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If you walk down from the castle, you will find cosy little shops and restaurants. Try the local flavours and do not forget about the local pride, the wine called “Bull’s Blood of Eger”. After a short respite you can climb the Turkish minaret, admire the observatory of the Lyceum, or the Basilica, one of most significant attractions of the town.
If you are not tired yet, wait until dark, when the many lanterns lend the town a real romantic flair. Go for a walk in the inner city, take a look at the castle from Dobó Square too or stroll along Széchenyi Street: explore the town!
For more information visit: www.eger.hu

Eger Castle

 St. Stephen, Hungary’s first king, founded a bishopric in Eger between 1001 and 1009 and construction of the stone castle began in 1248 for its defence. In 1552 the Turks attacked the castle. Although they outnumbered the defenders by about forty to one, the Turkish forces were unable to capture the castle even during a five-week siege. This heroic show of defiance is remembered in Géza Gárdonyi’s novel, Egri Csillagok (Eclipse of the Crescent Moon, translated into English in 1991). The castle houses the casemates, the Heroes’ Hall, historic permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Gallery, the Ruin Garden, Géza Gárdonyi’s tomb, the Ispotály Cellar, the Wax Museum and the Mint, so it can offer visitors a wide selection of activities.

Basilica of Eger

 Eger’s only neoclassical building, the second largest church in Hungary, was built between 1831 and 1837 according to the plans of József Hild. In the high season visitors to the basilica may listen to organ music every day around noon

Lyceum

 The construction of the late Baroque-style building on Eszterházy Square was commissioned by Count Károly Eszterházy for the purposes of a university at the end of the 18th century. Today the building functions as a college but it is also open to the public. The first floor houses the diocesan library, while the Observatory and the “Specula” periscope in the tower of the building are considered as real rarities.

Minaret

 The Eger minaret is the most northerly building in Europe that dates back to the Turkish rule. It has a tetradecagonal shape and is 40 metre high. You have to ascend 97 steps in a narrow spiral staircase if you wish to enjoy the view.

Szépasszony-Valley

Szépasszony-völgy, which boasts nearly 200 wineries, has become closely associated with the fame of the Eger wines. The cellars were dug into rhyolite tuff, which provides an excellent environment for wine storage.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • that being the centre of the Eger wine growing region Eger is one of the most significant Hungarian wine producing settlements?
  • that the town is famous for its hot water spa, located in the town centre?
  • that the historic inner city was shaped by the bishops of Eger with the help of excellent Austrian, German and Italian architects?
  • that the restaurants and cafés in Széchenyi Street welcome visitors with a real Mediterranean feel?
 

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