Boldogkovaralja Hungary

Boldogkovaralja (Boldogkőváralja in Hungarian)

Boldogkovaralja is located in the Zemplen hills, which is one of the most wild and romantic area in Hungary. It is a far Northeast corner of Hungary. I can say this area is a curiosity even for the local tourists, most people opt for the Lake Balaton Lake Velence Lake Tisza or one of the spa city. The little settlement has only 1200 inhabitants, according to official statistics. This is an exciting area because of natural beauty and abandonedness as well. The neighboring hills and forests are one of the most rich area of wildlife in Hungary, with different birds of prey, and other animals.

The area called Zemplen hills (also called Tokaj hills), the highest peak here is Nagy Milic with it’s 895m highest point. Boldogkovaralja located at the South part of the area, at the bottom of the hills. The hills has a vulcanic origin.

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Boldogkovaralja Castle / Fortress

The main attraction is the Fortress here.
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The Castle / Fortress was built on a rock called Bodoko (Bodókő). The fortress is not huge but not small either. There is a restaurant in it. The fortress was built in the 13th century after the Mongolian invasion (1241-42).
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Other attractions in Boldogkőváralján

Apart from the Castle there is a Péchy-Zichy 18th century Castle and it’s garden worth to mention. And there are some apartments as well.

Boldogkovaraljai festivals

During the year there are several festivals held here. In nearby Gonc (Gönc) preparing Palinka (the Hungarian whisky) has huge tradition,

Gönci Peach / Apricot festival 2016 júl 2-3.
held in Boldogkovaralja

Festivals in the neighborhood

Szerencs chocolate festival 2016 Augusztus 26-28.
There is a Castle here as well.

Attractions in the neighborhood

At below picture there is a map about the attractions around Boldogkovaralja (unfortunately only in Hungarian, but I include in English below the main attractions). This is just a smaller Southern part of the area. Some other interesting attractions like Fuzer Casle are not on this map.

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In the neighborhood there are hills, forests, and naturally protected areas can be found, apart from mostly smaller settlements. Some places there is not even any car traffic for relatively longer periods, which is a unique experience.

In nearby Vizsoly the first Hungarian Bible was printed in 1590, translated by Gaspar Karoli. When we enter the temple we also can print one page for ourselves.

There are several Castles / Fortressed ruins can be found in this region.

Fuzer and Regec both located at 50km from Boldogkovaralja. In Fuzer the Hungarian Crown was hidden in the 16 th century in the Castle built on a steep rock.

In Szerencs there is a Castle as well and the Chocolate factory.

In Sátoraljaújhelyen there is an interesting adventure park with a chairlift accross the forests, which is perhaps the longest in Hungary.

There are Castles in Kéked (Melczer kastély) and Füzérradvány (Károlyi kastély) as well.

Hollóháza is famous about it’s porcelain. It is located next to Fuzer.

Sárospatak is also interesting with a Castle. It is a little bigger settlement. The beautiful Bodrog river crosses the city.

The Unesco World Heritage site Tokaj is also not far from here. It is most famous about the Aszu dessert wine but two beautiful rivers (Bodrog and the Tisza Hungary’s second biggest river) also can be found here. Tokaj is a normal sized city in Hungary.

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Fuzer Hungary (In Hungarian Füzér )


Fuzer Hungary ( Füzér in Hungarian)

Fuzer Hungary

Fuzer Hungary
Where is Fuzer

Fuzer is situated in the very North Eastern part of Hungary close to Slovakia.

Interesting facts about Fuzer Hungary

Fuzer was chosen as the most beautiful settlement last year in Hungary(2012).

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About Fuzer Hungary

Fuzer situated in the Zemplen hills. Fuzer is a small settlement with several hundred inhabitants. Fuzer is part of the Zemplen hills region. Zemplen hills are one of the most rural part of Hungary. Huge spaces can be found here with few people. One of the most abandoned part of Hungary. As it is like this the area has lots of natural values: beautiful hills, forests, landscapes can be find here. Don’t expect huge supermarkets or other city based infrastructure here. At approximately 8 o’clock there were no traffic at the road which leads Fuzer, which is very rare in Hungary, even at the smallest settlements. Basically on the map Zemplen hills are like two green spot: a bigger one at South and a smaller one at North. Fuzer is situated at the South part of the smaller Northern located spot.

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Main attractions of Fuzer

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The main attraction of Fuzer is a Castle/Fortress built on a 170m high volcanic hill in the village. The fortress is built very early in the 13th century or before. The Fortress is first mentioned in a document dated 1264 A.D. There were times where the Hungarian crown was hided here in the 16th century. Today the fortress is a little ruined state but renovation is already started with the fund from the European union and Hungarian government. The hill has forests on it, and several interesting plant can be found here. The whole area is protected by its natural values. The Castle can be accessed from the asphalt covered road from the village through a payed parking area. The parking fee is 380 HUF(April 2014). After the parking must pay 500 HUF/person for the visit. The Castle is at higher level than the parking, approximately 20-30 minutes needed depends on the fitness level to reach the top of the hill, after a little steep walking. The panorama is very nice from the top of the hill, all the adjacent hills and forest can be seen from here. There is a plan to restore the Castle which had two parts, an upper and lower parts. Currently only the upper part exists.

About the village

The village is small with nice houses, a spring flow through the village, called Biso. The Spring is coming from the Nagy-Milic which is the highest hill in the Zemplen hills(896mm). The Castle is visible from everywhere.

Things to see and do nearby

Hollohaza with a famous porcelain factory and store just several kilometers, Fuzerradvany castle, Keked Melczer castle hotel, Vizsoly temple and the first Bible translated to Hungarian, Izra lake in Slovakia also 5km from Fuzer, see below, the road leeds through a beautiful beech forest, the Lake is in the forest too. There are two other Castles in the Zemplen region: Regec and Boldogkovaralja both of them are litte bit farer from Fuzer(50km both of them but different locations).

Izra lake

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Sumeg Hungary ( Sümeg )


Sumeg Hungary

Sumeg Hungary

Sumeg Hungary

Sümeg in Hungarian language

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Sumeg is a small city North from Lake Balaton, 25km from Heviz. I would not recommend Sumeg as a primary target in Hungary for a week or more, such as Lake Balaton, or Budapest, but for a day excursion from Lake Balaton, or Budapest is a very pleasant target. It is a small settlement with a Castle in the center. Not a big city which makes it enjoyable.

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Sumeg situated near Heviz close to the Northwest part of Lake Balaton. Sumeg is a small settlement in the Balaton uplands area. It is located behind the Keszthely mountains. East from Sumeg nice, beautiful little villages can be found.


Sumeg was occupied even in the Roman era. Archeologist found several traces in the city, such as pottery, and even traces of an ancient Christian Cathedral. In the development of the city the Castle had a big impact. See more about the Castle below.
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How to get there ?

Several ways to get there from Budapest:
Other option road No 7 until Szekesfehervar after road No 8(third access from Budapest next to Auchan store) – road 84 Csabrendek Sümeg
From Budapest, or Siofok M7 highway, all aroud Lake Balaton, Keszthely, Cserszegtomaj, Zalaszanto, Bazsi, Sumeg, see more detailed in Zalaszanto review
See more about Zalaszanto here

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Main attractions of Sumeg

Sumeg’s main attraction is the Castle which is situated on a 87m hill above the city. The Castle or Fortress is in a good shape compare to other Hungarian Castle ruins. The fortress first was built in the 14 century, after the Tatarian invasion in 1240-41. Afterwards the Castle was demolished in 1713 by the Habsburgs. Afterwards lots of rebuildings, and renovations happened here.

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The Castle is quite visible from everywhere. Only accessed by walk, or by the special local Taxi. The parking is at the bottom of the hill.

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Sumeg festivals and events

Most festivals in Sumeg during the year are connected to the Castle.
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2015 Jun 13-14 National archery competition in the Sumeg Castle
2015 Jun 20 Rizling rendez-vous Wine tasting in the Castle garden with live performances
2015 Jun 21 Night of the museums in the Sumeg Castle
2015 Jun 24 11th St James days – The days of wine and hunting in the Castle garden
2015 Aug 08 Historical horse riding games in the Kisfaludy garden
2015 September 19-20 Farewell festival

Sumeg restaurants
Scotti udvarhaz restaurant

Location: 8330 Sümeg, Szent Istvan square 1.
Telephone: +36 87 550 063

Thirty’s restaurant

Location: Sümeg, Road No 87
Telephone: +36 87 350 013

Szt László Lovag restaurant

Location: 8330 Sümeg Tóth Tivadar 19.
Telephone: +36 550 166

Things to do and see nearby

Lake Balaton, Heviz hot water lake and several spa hotels and lots of resturants, Tapolca cave lake, Zalaszanto, Kehidakustany spa, can have big fun for the kids, Fenekpuszta roman era ruins near to Keszthely, Keszthely museums restaurants beach, Fenekpuszta bird ringing station, Nice forests at Keszthely hills, Castle ruins at Rezi next to Zalaszanto in the forest, Badacsony hills and wine cellars next to Lake Balaton. Varvolgy is also a nice place with a very good restaurant. Bakony hills huge green areas little North-east, most beautiful places here Zirc arboretum, Bakonybel, Fenyofo and Csesznek, Bakonyszentkiraly area.

Hotels in Sumeg
Hotel Kapitany Wellness

At the bottom of the Castle hill, family friendly
Location: 8330 Sümeg Tóth Tivadar u 19.
Telephone: +87 550 166

Interesting targets in Hungary at the links below

Lake Balaton
Miskolctapolca cave bath
Top 10 places to visit in Hungary
Eger Hungary
Heviz Hungary
Szeged Hungary
Lake Tisza Hungary
Aggtelek Hungary
Pannonhalma Hungary

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Szigetvar Hungary


Szigetvar Hungary, Szigetvár, Magyarország

Szigetvar is a very interesting historical place in Hungary. The Defenders of the fortress had fight a battle till death with the Turkish army. In the old times the fortress had been surrounded by water, this is where the name come from (Szigetvar means island fortress). For me as a Hungarian man the visit of the ancient heroes home land gives a lot. It was moving to hear from people who sacrificed their life for the Nation. The fortress is very interesting, it is possible to walk around at the top of its walls. The fortress can be found in a beautiful park packed with birds, the area is very quiet and relaxing. Before the fortress entrance a small Spring can be found with a bridge over it.






Where the cannon ball fly…..


Recently a new open Bath has been constructed very near to the old historical fortress. The bath has three bigger external pools together with several internal pools. The bath has a design fit to the city’ historical atmosphere.


Other things to see in the neighborhood: Barcs, Barcs spa, Drava gate National Park visitor center in Dravaszentes very near to Barcs with a nest of a White tailed eagle, the area has the biggest White tailed eagle population in Hungary, Drava river, Forest’s almost everywhere in the neighborhood, Csokonyavisonta spa with very healthy medical water, Otter Park Labod

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Komarom Hungary


Komarom Hungary (Komárom in Hungarian)


Komarom is a very interesting historical town in Hungary, situated in Northwest Hungary. In fact there are two Komarom: at the Slovakian side also there is a city called Komarom (Komarno, Old Komarom, Port Komarom). To reach the other city just needs to walk through the bridge. Two bridge connects the two cities: a railway and a highway bridge. Earlier it was one city with different names, before that the Hungarian part was connected to other city (Szony). The bigger one at the Slovakian side can be found. At the Hungarian side a defense system has been consisted of several fortresses. The city was an important scene in 1848 revolution as well. Komarom is a spa city, Komarom has a huge spa.

Komarom spa

In Komarom a nice thermal water spa can be found. The spa has 9 pools. There are open air pools and covered pools as well.

Monostori stronghold

is an interesting part of this stronghold system: it is located in a huge area, see pictures below, usual place for film making for example.

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