Superlatives and Treasures
Hungary's highest peak and smallest village, the first
printed Hungarian-language Bible from the sixteenth
century, and the oldest narrow-gauge forest railway
from the nineteenth are all in this region. The country's
best known wine, the Tokay aszú, matures in the cellars
of Northern Hungary. One of Europe's most beautiful
equestrian stud farms and its most extensive stalactite
cave systems are to be found here. The region is
proud to own three of Hungary's eight World Heritage
sites, designated by UNESCO as places of outstanding
natural and cultural interest.
The nearest town in Northern Hungary is a mere thirtyseven
miles from Budapest. Its farthest borders are on
the banks of the River Tisza. It shares a boundary with
Slovakia in the north and the Great Plain in the south.
Its five divisions – Cserhát, Mátra, Bükk, Cserehát and
Zemplén – contain a wealth of mediaeval castles, plush
16th and 17th century country mansions, renowned
churches, and historical villages and towns known
today for their folk art and traditions.
Everyone will find a leisure activity in this region to suit
their taste, even those looking for something special or
a sport that is not mainstream. You can collect minerals,
taste sweets in the candy museum, go
rock climbing and hang gliding, discover
ancient history on designated study paths,
go caving, take tours round the towns, enjoy
a photo safari taking pictures of birdlife, learn
wood carving or basket weaving. Hunters and
fishermen are happy to spend time in a land
where the woods are rich in game, and the
lakes, rivers and streams abundant in fish. The
country is ideal for walkers, with over six hundred
miles of marked paths to choose from, as
well as for cyclists and for those on horseback,
who can go on organized treks. The Rivers Tisza
and Sajó, and the more challenging and fast-flowing
Hernád and Bódva, are suitable for experienced
rowers and canoeists; the slower more
friendly Bodrog is ideal for beginners.
Visitors hoping for a slightly less active holiday
need look no further than the area's famous health
spas and lakes. They can enjoy opera or concerts
of classical music at the summer cultural festivals,
or take part in town pageants and tournaments.
There are interesting shrines to discover and region-houses displaying traditional folk crafts. You can
taste traditional foods prepared in authentic ovens, while in
the evening you can visit the four celebrated wine regions –
Mátraalja, Eger, Bükkalja and Tokaj-Hegyalja – where you can
sample Hungarians wines famous the world over.
Accommodation is also plentiful throughout Northern Hungary
and visitors can choose from a whole range of star-rated hotels,
mansion hotels, guest houses, campsites and guest rooms in simple
village houses. The local people are open, friendly and helpful,
and welcome visitors with genuine hospitality.
Hungarian National Tourist Office
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