Aggtelek Hungary

 

Aggtelek Hungary

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Aggtelek Hungary

Where is Aggtelek

Aggtelek can be found in the Northern hills near to the Slovakian border. The Aggtelek karst area is between Bukk hills and Zemplen hills in North-Eastern Hungary North from Miskolc and Eger, the two biggest cities here.
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How to get there?

By car from Budapest M3 or 3 road till Miskolc, after road No 26 Sajoszentpeter, Kazincbarcika,Berente, Mucsony, Szuhakallo, Kurittyan, Felsonyarad, Felsokelecseny, Zubogy, Ragagy, Trizs, Aggtelek.

About Aggtelek cave system

Aggtelek cave system is a Unesco World Heritage site in Hungary since 1995. More than 130,000 people visit the cave system every year, from many countries. The cave system is very long. The Aggtelek area together with the Domica area is a part of the International Wetlands Ramsar protection area since 2001. The Aggtelek cave system is open whole year every day even on public holidays. Most people come here in Spring in Eastern and Pentacost holiday time. The natural entrance of the cave in open from ancient times, the man of neoliticum is also lived here. The fist document mentioning the cave dated from 1549. Until 1825 they only now a 1.8km section of the cave.

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The Baradla cave

The main cave is the Baradla cave here. There are many other caves also can be found here. The Baradla cave is a huge cave system. There are three public entrance of the Baradla cave: The Aggtelek entrance, Vorosto entrance four km from Aggtelek, and the exit point at Josvafo. Some parts are constructed with concrete pavement and lighting system and some parts are not so much developed. The short and the middle tour are in the constructed area, where lighting and concrete pavement is provided with concrete stairs. The long tour has a part which is not at the constructed area, here clay floor can be found. The cave is a really old stalactite cave with huge rooms and very long system. The total length of the Baradla Cave system together with the Slovakian Domica cave system(5.3km length) is 25.5 km. The usual width of the visitable area is 10m the height of the cave is 7-8mm. At some parts it is much bigger. There are two springs that leads to the cave, but only in flood time. The Styx coming from Domica, the other part coming from the Acheron water collecting point at the border of Aggtelek. Usually nowadays the cave is dry, but there is a place for the water coming from this two springs.

Cave entrances

The three main constructed entrances are

Aggtelek

The short and the longest tour starts here.
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Vorosto

The middle tour starts here
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Josvafo

One of the short tour starts here and the long and middle tour ends here.
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Types of Baradla cave tours

Basically there are three types of common usual tours:
1.Short tour – 1km and approximately 60 minutes, starts at Aggtelek or Josvafo (different sections of the Baradla cave) the common is the Aggtelek part
2.Middle tour 2.3 km 100 minutes starts at Vorosto (4km from Aggtelek) – I recommend this as is longer, and see more things or the longest for the braves, where can see every parts included in shorter tours, but there is a non-paved part as well
3.Long tour 7km – starts at Aggtelek
These are the most common tours, but there are other tours as well, in different locations.

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When the cave tours start

Usually the tours starts at every two hours, the latest tour starts at 16:00 p.m.

Special cave tours

There is a possibility for special cave tours as well. These tours doesn’t go regularly it must be required 2 weeks before the tour starts.

This tours are:

1. Baradla cave long tour
2. Baradla cave special tour
3. Kossuth(1848 revolution man in Hungary) cave tour
4. Meteor cave tour
5. Beke(peace)

Other caves nearby

There are many other caves also can be found here. The Beke (Peace) cave, Vass Imre cave, Rakoczi cave, Kossuth cave and Meteor cave.
Some of them can be visited on a special tours mentioned above.

Official website Aggtelek Hungary National Park

Aggtelek cave official website of the National park

Things to do and see in Aggtelek Hungary

The main attractions are the caves here, most people spend their time at the caves and the entrance buildings.
The really near Aggtelek area is consists of small villages and natural, protected areas.
At the Aggtelek entrance there are some facilities next to the Cave entrance. Can be bought presents here there are restaurants and some buffets as well. The area is part of the National Park, a highly protected valuable natural area of Hungary. Beautiful forests can also be found here. There are several lakes as well nearby. As Aggtelek is very near to Slovakia, the caves are continuing there as well. The Slovakian part settlement called Domica.

Things to do and see nearby and little farer

Josvafo is also a very nice place at the end of the longer cave tours. A very good restaurant can be found here, next to an interesting shallow spring. A very nice cheap restaurant with excellent quality food. I don’t mean excellent like a 5 star hotel or an exclusive restaurant in Budapest, it is a very little settlement at one of the most abandoned parts of Hungary. There is an interesting, beautiful reservoir in East direction from Josvafo the Rakaca reservoir near Szalonna village. Miskolc and Eger are the two biggest city near Aggtelek. There is a lot to see there: there is a huge Castle in Miskolc, a Zoo in the forest, Lillafured is very near to Miskolc and one of the most beautiful place in Hungary, which is situated in valley among fully forested hills, with a huge Castle hotel, next to a beautiful lake. In Miskolctapolca a unique cave spa can be found. Eger is famous about it’s castle/fortress and winemaking. Szepasszony valley is a very nice area for wine lovers. There are several spas also can be found nearby: Egerszalok a wellness/spa hotel can be found, in Demjen a spa village just a several km from Egerszalok, there is a Spa is Bogacs, and Mezokovesd (Zsory spa) as well, which city is famous about it’s special Hungarian traditional brodery. Little farer in East direction the Zemplen hills can be found. This is perhaps one of the less populated parts of Hungary, with aboundant wildlife and three Castles/ruins in Boldogkovaralja, Fuzer and Regec. There are several Castles there in Keked, Fuzerradvany. In Vizsoly a first Hungarian translated bible (1590) can be seen. Beautiful forests lakes can be seen there.

Interesting targets in Hungary at the links below

Miskolctapolca cave bath
Top 10 places to visit in Hungary
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Hortobagy Hungary

 

Hortobagy Hungary

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From Tiszafured direction a traditional Hungarian Csarda (Restaurant) at the border of Hortobagy area

Hortobagy (or the Puszta in Hungarian) is a Unesco World Heritage site since 1999. The Whole area is a Natura 2000 protection area as well. The area is preserved the traditional pastoral use for two Millenia. It is not interesting to everybody I think, and certainly there are more scenic WHS out there with huge Mountains, great buildings, or other values.

I was brought up in the Great Plain and this kind of land mean something to me, as I have many adventures in such environment and I like birdwatching as well, which is perhaps why this area is so interesting to me.

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Location

The Hortobagy area located in East Hungary, near to Debrecen and Hajduszoboszlo, which is the most popular spa city in Hungary.

Introduction

The first National Park in Hungary was established in 1973, celebrating its 40 year anniversary this year (2013). Hortobagy is a World Heritage site, the biggest Natural Plain in Europe with its approximately 82 000 hectare (202 626 acres) area. It is mostly a huge flat land with several lakes, marshes and forests, but mostly the flat grassland dominates the scene.

Surprisingly this seemingly deserted area gives home to many creatures. 340 species of birds have been recorded in the Hortobagy area so far and more than 100 species also breeding here. The Spring time is perhaps the most interesting for this purpose (birdwatching, bird photography) along with the crane migration in Autumn.

Settlements

In Hortobagy there is no big settlements. The center of the area is Hortobagy settlement which has a same name as the river and the area itself. It is also a small village but there is the National park visitor center, the bird hospital, pastoral museum and other tourist stuffs. You normally start your visit here. In the visitor center you can get any important information you need.

Apart from Hortobagy there are some little villages here and there, can be
a fairy tale world for the people of big cities.

Unique form of nomadic shepperding

The Hortobagy Hungary is a Unesco World Heritage area because of here the shepherds lives in the wild with the animals like they lived hundreds and even thousands of years before. This shepherds make the famous “Goulash soup” which means shepherd. They even makes it today in the huge grassland next to a campfire, but there is available in the Csarda’s as well.

Csarda is a traditional Hungarian restaurant.

The area is quite huge including some parts of Lake Tisza, and other places like the Puspokladany Botanic Garden and forest, apart from the main huge grassland/fishing lake/marshes, wetlands area.

I suggest to visit not just the Hortobagy area but Lake Tisza as well where there is a lot to see and enjoy. If time allows, the Puspokladany Arboretum is also worth to have a look at.

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The famous nine-hole-bridge

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The Hortobagy river from Hortobagy settlement

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The Hortobagy visitor center building

Small railway

The small railways are quite popular in Hungary. This small railway at Hortobagy goes along the fishing lakes. Birders usually goes till the end of the railway line, after walking back next to the Lakes. There are several birdwatching towers in the way. The most interesting time when they lower the water level of the lakes for fishing and many waterfowl gather at the lakes.

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The famous “Puszta

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The Hortobagy Wildlife Park

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Hortobagy bird hospital

The Bird hospital is also called Bird Park. The Hortobagy bird hospital is unique in Hungary. It is not a state institution, but a foundation. The bird hospital is located in Hortobagy settlement not far from the center. It can be visited and there are many programs for the visitors as well. There are usually many bird there with different problems. If they manage to cure the birds they let them fly again (appr. 40% of the birds can return to the wild). Many eagle and stork had been cured and released here. Birds with permanent damages also taken care here. The majority of the staff has been doing the work since 1991.

List of birds and other animals treated here:
Black and white stork, Ossifrage, Osprey, Sparrow Owl, Common crane, White Tailed Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Golden eagle, Dwarf heron, Eagle Owl, Peregrine falcon, Hobby, White Owl, Small kite, Red footed falcon, Lanner falcon, Sparrowhawk, Harrier, Otter, Fielfare, Mute swan, Little grebe, Spoonbill, Heron, Bittern, Butcher bird, Salamander among many others.

Locaton: Hortobágy, Petőfi tér 6, 4071
(52) 369 181

Hortobagy wildlife is very rich

We had a half day at Hortobagy after a nice boat tour at the Lake Tisza. We only go on asphalt roads, and only one time go a little bit off the road for more than 50 meters. All photographs below made with this conditions, with a Canon Dsrl and a good lens with converters. I cannot guarantee anyone is possible to do the same, but a good example what you can see in half day, without a hide or any special effort, mainly from the asphalt roads. I think the best time is Spring or early Summer to get the best out of the wildlife. We visited the area in June. For better quality photograph the National Park’s staff organise special guided tours and hide photography also possible.

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Squacco herons (Ardea ralloides) Pygmy cormorants (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus 250-300 pair breeding here in the Hortobagy area, although it was extinct around 1980 in Hungary) and terns

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In Nagyivan we counted 16 White stork nests in electrical poles next to the road at approximately 1,5 km road distance.

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Egret

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Lesse grey shrike chasing a buzzard

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Black crowned Night heron (Nyctocorax nyctocorax)

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Western Marsh Harrier

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hortobagy hungary 23Stone chat (Saxicola rubicola)

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Hungary’s wildlife wildlife of Hungary

 

Hungary’s wildlife

Hungary’s wildlife

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Introduction

Hungary has a very rich wildlife. Hungary is a usual target of many wildlife photographers around the world. The country’s area is divided into 10 National Parks covering the whole area of Hungary. Each National Parks has several protected areas divided into three different categories: Highly protected areas forbidden to visit, Protected areas possible to visit with a guard, protected areas can visit freely without a guard. Most area can be freely visited. Each Park has a visitor center where the visitors can have informations about the different possibilities, what are the interesting parts to visit, where can make nice photographs. See the websites of the National Parks in Hungary below.

Some highlights of Hungary’s wildlife:
Mayflies

flight in the Tisza river: only can be seen one day for several hours a year about 10-20th of June the 1 day lifespan creatures make their mating. After the mating the insect dies and the larvae needs 3 years in the mud of the river to grow and mate again. The mating usually starts at the Southern parts of the river and goes Northwards. Good news that after 40 years the – Mayflies started to occur in the Danube as well beginning from 2012. Mayflies were common in many places in Europe, but now in Europe only in river Tisza and now river Danube can be seen. This creatures are very sensitive of any kinds of chemicals/pollution.

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Autumn Crane migration

appoximately 100 000 cranes migrate through Hungary and stops at the big shallow lakes of Hortobagy plain and the lakes near Szeged. Unfortunately cranes doesn’t breed in Hungary anymore, only migrating cranes can be found here. Some of the lazier ones stay in Hungary, and wait for the flock when they return. The attraction is usually when the huge flock with their distinct “cru” voices arrives to the place, where they spend the night, which is usually a shallow lake, where they protected from predators, like red foxes. Red foxes are very common in Hungary, I even see daytime in Budapest. In daytime the cranes are out at the agricultural fields to eat the leftover from harvest, which is usually in August in Hungary. Official crane watching is usually organized near Szeged at “Feher” Lakes in Autumn, North from Szeged at Sandorfalva, where there is an ornithological camp can be found as well. There are several fishing lakes there where the Cranes spend the night.

Great Bustard

has a significant population in Hungary.The Great bustard is the official bird of Hungary. The Great bustard is a huge bird, the male birds can have a wingspan of 250cm and one of the most heavy bird with it’s weight which can be even 18kg. The female bird is smaller. The most Great Bustards are can be found in the area East from Tisza river. The Bustard is a shy bird, try to hide always, but sometimes can be seen here and there. The male is significantly bigger, than the female. Sometimes the Bustard appear in the Kiskunsag area as well, the sandy area between the Danube and the Tisza river. If we lucky we can see Bustards 50km from Budapest in South-East direction.

The Gemenc flood forest

in South next to the Danube is the biggest forest it’s kind in Europe. The forest has a rich wildlife. The forest is quite huge, so for photography the best option to pay to the National park for a good spot, where we have more chance to see something interesting. There are some very interesting places like backwaters, marshes, flood areas exists here with fishing houses on the water. There are many interesting species can be found there. The forest has a huge deer, and boar population, and there are species like wild cat also found there, together with birds like black stork, white tailed eagle, saker falcon and all kinds of waterfowl as well.

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Most interesting areas for wildlife in Hungary:
Lake Tisza

The Lake Tisza is quite an adventurous place in Hungary. It is an artifical creation by the dame of the River Tisza. Looks very interesting: riverbed, backwaters, canals, lake found here, with several islands.
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Hortobagy plain

in Eastern parts Hortobagy tourism and wildlife

Salty lakes of Kiskunsag

between Danube and the Tisza

Lake Balaton

especially the South Western area with Little Balaton Lake Balaton wildlife

Ferto lake

next to Austria, Austria’s part of the Lake is double in size

Somogy county forests

South from Balaton till the Drava river, this is a huge area in
Hungary, with many forests. Hunting is extremely popular as well. Most White tailed eagle lives this part of the country, and species like Golden jackal is also common. River Drava the South border of Hungary are surrounded with lots of forests as well.

Gemenc forest

in South part of the Country biggest forest in Central Europe

Tisza, Bodrog, Drava, Duna, Koros, Maros, Ipoly rivers

Hungary has fantastic rivers, with abundant wildlife. But it is not like in the zoo, one needs to be very skilled to make nice photographs here. The river Tisza is in the Eastern part of the country. It is the second biggest river in Hungary. It is quite an unpredictable river, although it is smaller than the Danube, the amount of water can be very different is short terms. Once the 1-200 meter riverbed is enough for the water, little time later, the water level can be 1 m above the asphalt road 4km from the riverbed. The flooded areas next to the river liked by water birds (storks, herons, etc) very much, especially when there are shallow water in them.

The river Bodrog is also very interesting. It is joins the Tisza at Tokaj. The Bodrog is one of the most popular river for Canoeing. It is a fantastic program to canoeing at the beautiful river. Canoe can be rented at Tokaj.

The river Drava is also very interesting. It is a border river between Hungary and Croatia at the Southest part of Transdanubia. Unlike Bodrog it is very dangerous. Only possible to canoeing here with a special permit, which needs to organize in advance. Some people die here every year even skilled ones. There are huge forests next to the river which makes it even more interesting. A really abandoned, fantastic looking places can be found there. Once we got there by car, and wants to check the other :), and needed several hours to get back out of the forest.
Read more about rivers here:
Rivers Hungary

Northern hills especially the Eastern areas

The Northern hills in Hungary are beautiful. The area starts at Budapest, and end in the Eastern part of Hungary at North. Places like Lillafured, Szivasvarad or Miskolctapolca are well worth the visit, as the whole road there. For wildlife the Northern and Eastern less populated parts are more interesting. Eagles, owls, and many other species can be found there, including very rare species as well.

Transdanubian hills Bakony forests

The Bakony forest is a fantastic place for wildlife. It is located at North from Lake Balaton. The central parts: Csesznek, Bakonybel, Zirc, Fenyofo area is the most interesting. Lots of animal can be found there. In our two days we saw foxes, deers, lots of birds there without any big effort. Hunters are also visit the area, so in nighttime it is not so recommended to wondering in the forest. A small railway goes in the Cuha spring valley, which is very picturesque.

Danube bend area

The Danube bend area is approximately 60km, starts at Budapest and goes until Esztergom. Here the Danube has 90 degree turn from East to South direction. It is one of the most important touristic region of Hungary. The Danube flows between two hills, the Borzsony hill and the Visegrad hills. Several islands are also can be found here, together with several caves, rivers (Ipoly), beautiful valleys. Lots of species can be found here as well.

Western part of the Country (Orseg)
Eastern plain areas, and fishing lakes
Lakes North from Szeged

The Lake Csaj and the Lake Feher are very important places for Hungary’s wildlife.

For more photos visit the website here : oldshutterhand.com

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Hungary’s birdlife:

There are approximately 400 species has been appeared in Hungary. Species like House sparrow, Tree sparrow, Magpie, Blackbird, Great tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Great spotted woodpecker, Collared dove, Wood pigeon, Mallard, Green woodpecker, Buzzard, Western Marsh Harrier, Common Kestrel, Pheasant, Golden oriole are the most common birds in Hungary. Species like Bee-eater, Roller also appear here, but not so frequently.

National parks

The first National Park in Hungary is the Hortobágy National Park, has been founded in 1973. Hortobágy area is the greatest natural plain in Europe. The Hortobágy Natural Park’ area is 82 000 Hectare. Hungary is famous about it’s birdlife, there are more than 400 bird species has been recognised in Hungary. Lots of unique species can be found in Hungary: the Great Bustard, Red-footed falcon, Bee eater, Roller, White tailed eagle, Imperial eagle, Saker falcon, Avocet, Black winged stilt. Lots of mammals also easily can be found here, totally 88 species: Roe deer, Deer, Moufflon( Northern hills), Boars, Hares, Foxes, Bobcat, Golden jackal, Lesser mole rat a very unique, cute little animal can be found just very few places under the ground, and many other species. Bear is very rarely occur in Hungary in the Northern areas (in that case Slovakian conservationists ask: Where is our bear :)), some wolves can be found in Borsod county, but the chance to meet them is minimal.Majority of the areas can visit freely. Each park has dedicated visitor routes all around the country.

Duna Ipoly National park website This includes Budapest area, Komarom Esztergom, Fejer counties Pilis, Visegrad and Borzsony hills, Ipoly river, Szentendrei island
Balaton uplands National park website Balaton and uplands area
Hortobagy National park website Hortobagy plain in East
Kiskunsag National park website Kiskunsag between Danube and Tisza area, salty lakes, sandy dunes, plain area
Duna Drava National park website Southern areas with Gemenc forest Drava and Danube river
Koros Maros National park website Eastern Koros and Maros rivers main habitat of the Great bustard
Bukk National park website Northern hills area
Ferto Hansag National park website Ferto lake and surrounding
Aggtelek National park website Aggtelek cave in North East
Orseg National park website Orseg forested area in West

Film about the Hungarian wildlife

I only found with Hungarian language. White tailed eagles, Hortobágy plain, otters, Gemenc forests

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Lake Tisza Hungary

 

Lake Tisza Hungary

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Men often do bad things with nature but sometimes they do good things with it as well. A good example for that is the 127 km2 Lake Tisza. This man made reservoir in Hungary’s second biggest river is a wonderful place for nature lovers and it is a paradise for the wildlife.

Datas:

Area of the Lake: 127 km2
Average depth: 1.5 m
Settlements: Abádszalók, Kisköre, Poroszló, Sarud, Tiszaderzs, Tiszafüred, Tiszaörvény, Tiszavalk officially 68 settlements belongs here
History: 1976 is the first year of the current water level

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Lake Tisza on map

About the neighborhood

Lake Tisza area is one of the less populated area of Hungary. No big cities there. Economically the majority of the area is not the richest part of Hungary. Some parts are better because of growing tourism. The main activity is agriculture and tourism here. Apart from the many fishermen the area is not yet at the peak of it’s potential even among Hungarian tourists. Perhaps this helps to keep the natural values of the area. This is partly because it is a little far from the capital Budapest, partly because of the very strong internal competition namely the Lake Balaton, Lake Velence and lots of Spas, Open baths, Lake baths in Hungary.
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About the Lake

The lake itself is not really a “lake”. There are several lakes, canals, the Tisza river, several backwaters, lots of islands there, as you can see on a Map. The total area is approximately 127 km2. The Lake Tisza is a real natural wonder, we made a trip on a boat and if you let it, it just amazes you how interesting and beautiful it is. The wildlife here is quite accustomed to people, let the boat really close. You can see even water birds at the dock(such as night heron see the picture below), which is not usual in other places.

Settlements around the Lake, history of the area

Abadszalok

In the beginning Abadszalok was the main target in Lake Tisza. Here was the beach, with lots of vendors next to the Lake. Today there are several restaurants, slides, boat rent, and organised programs throughout the year. Abadszalok is a small settlement with approximately 5000 inhabitants. If you going after luxury and services perhaps this is not the place. Here one can find usually apartments cheaply sometimes huge houses with a garden with a very low fee, but most of the local people doesn’t speak English I think. The settlement are looking as a tipical village in Hungary with White stork nests and Swallows, with quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Don’t let property, especially great values unattended.

Tiszafured

Tiszafured is a  very friendly place little bit North from Abadszalok, perhaps the biggest settlement around the Lake Tisza. Here a thermal water Spa can also be found. The boat trips are starts from Tiszafured-Orveny area which is close to Tiszafured.  Most of the pictures in the picture gallery (at right side of the page) was made in this region.

Poroszlo

In Poroszlo a brand new Okocenter had been constructed which is a very nice place to start. There is the biggest freshwater aquarium there, a Tower from where can see almost the whole Lake area. There are organised boat trips offered here and other places as well: I suggest to participate the longer ones, with smaller boats, you can see much more things, and gives a much better experience. It needs perhaps 3 hours that you can see many interesting things and if you like you can make lots of beautiful photos.

We decided to spent several days around the ‘Lake’. We started our tour at Abádszalók, the most famous settlement associated with the Lake. We rented an apartment for two days and discovered the neighbourhood. We loved the apartment a lot. It was not expensive at all, and there were huge spaces in the house with the big garden, we enjoyed ourself very much.
First we checked the Abádszalók shore where he we could choose between several restaurants. We ate huge pancakes, a local speciality. I don’t know other places in Hungary where one can be served this size of pancake.
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After eating our pancakes I thought perhaps it was worth to be here just because of the pancakes. We watched a film in the camping at night and had a walk in the neighbourhood the next day. The weather wasn’t sunny, not many people were around and little money was paid to stroll by the shore. The village was very nice, white storks were circling in the village while swallows were collecting mud for their nests. The shore was sandy and offered several fun activities apart from swimming: boat rentals, slides, and rubber canoes pulled with rope at great speed. During summertime the entrance fee for the beach is 650 HUF for adults, 500 HUF for students and pensioners, afternoon ticket after 16:00 is 450 HUF, weekly season ticket is 2500 HUF and the entrance fee for bicyclist is 400 HUF. The shore is open from 1st of June to 31st of August. It needs to be considered that the open air activities depend very much on the weather similarly to Lake Balaton. In bad weather not many things can be done apart from a visit to the neighbouring spas such as Berekfürdő, Tiszafüred, or Tiszakécske. In good weather the place is very nice, but I think it is not for people who like comfort. After a short bath the next day we continued our trip on the dam around the Lake which was possible only by paying a small fee to the dam guards. Fishing is very popular around the Lake, fishermen were sitting at the spots which had been previously created. During the tour we crossed the river at a special bridge used by the trains and cars in different times. Before arriving to River Tisza we saw a canal and a fishing lake as well. After approximately two-hour drive by car, we saw this:

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The lake and its surroundings is beautiful. The flora and fauna of the lake and the surrounding area is exceptional. Lots of birds, flowers, beautiful scenery. During our stay we see black and white stork, 3 different kinds of swallows, Purple heron, Little egret, Western Marsh Harrier, and many other birds, flowers, and butterflies. (See in gallery.)  Other time we see the marks of the beaver. Unfortunately some of the settlements around the lake is very poor, and has low infrastructure. Perhaps the best place to stay around the lake is Abádszalók, Poroszló, or Tiszafüred. It is very beautiful though to go around and see the nature.

Wildlife at Lake Tisza

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Beaches

You can find beaches at the following settlements:
Abádszalók, Kisköre, Poroszló, Tiszafüred, Tiszanána, Sarud
The biggest and oldest beach here in Abadszalok. Here huge slides waiting for the people. It is also possible to rent all kinds of vehicles which can be used in the water. There a thing called water banana or something similar it is a long rubber boat pulled at high speed on the water. In Abadszalok there is a camping as well, and many catering possibilities.

Other program possibilities, events:

Okocenter:

In Poroszlo a brand new exceptional 4 storey 2600 m2 visitor center has been constructed with a tower giving good sight almost the full area of the Lake Tisza – a huge multi-level aquarium (biggest 735 000 litre freshwater aquarium in Europe with lots of fishes, including huge 1.5-2m Visa fishes representing the area together with amphibians, and reptiles). A 3D movie hall and a playroom (Enchanted water world) for children is also part of the Okocentrum facility. A quality conference room for 100 people also part of the facility.
A 1,5km long pier has been built in the water, that only can access via boats from the shore. The pier is approximately 500m from the shore that can be access via 5 minutes boat trip. The visit on the pier contains two bird watching centers and a bird watching tower as well. GPS coordinates: N 47.643519° ; E 20.658824°
Tours are available in any form, and any length (private, group,1km-24km).

3388 Poroszlo, Kossuth Lajos u 41.
Telephone:+36 36 704-404, +36 36 553-033
E-mail:info@ttoc.hu
Website:Lake Tisza Okocentrum website

Concerts, Events organized in Abádszalók

Szabics port wildlife tour with boat at Tiszaörvény GPS coordinates: 47.60453 N 20.71153 E

Fishing

Fishing on the Lake Tisza is extremely popular. Huge fishes can be caught here. The beautiful surrounding, nice atmosphere helps to come here. The shore is not clean, it is not possible everywhere to go to the water. Usually there is a possibility at every 30-50m for fishing. Sometimes it is hard to find an empty spot if we arrive late.

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rent a canoe, boat, other water vehicles

horse riding, horse tours Tiszavalk, Tiszafüred-Örvény

Hotels at Lake Tisza region

Tisza Balneum Hotel Tiszafured****

Location: 5350 Tiszafured, Huszoles u.(street)27
Telephone: +36 (59) 886 225;
+36 (59) 886 200 (recepció)
Email: reservation@balneum.hu, recepcio@balneum.hu
Web: http://www.balneum.hu

Tisza To Wellness and Conference Hotel

Location: 3338 Poroszló, Kastély u 10.
Telephone:+36 (36)453003
+36 (30) 6341582
Email: info@poroszlokastely.hu,
info@tiszatowellness.hu
Web: http://tiszatowellness.hu

Bird species at Lake Tisza region

The Lake Tisza is one of the top spot for birders. Most bird are accustomed for the huge traffic on the water. (Many boats circulating here with tourists).
The list is not complete. More than 200 bird species has been identified here.

Barn swallow Hirundo rustica
Bee eater Merops apiaster
Black stork Ciconia nigra
Great egret Ardea alba
Grey Heron Ardea Cinerea
House martin Delichon urbica
Kingfisher Alcedo Atthis
Little bittern Lxobrychus minutus
Little heron Egretta garzetta
Purple heron Ardea purpurea
Roller Coracias gallurus
Saker falcon Falco cherrug
Sand martin Riparia riparia
White stork Ciconia ciconia
White tailed eagle Haliaetus albicilla
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