Boldogkovaralja Hungary

 
Boldogkovaralja (Boldogkőváralja in Hungarian)

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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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Miskolctapolca Cave Bath Hungary

 

Miskolctapolca Cave Bath Hungary

Miskolctapolca cave bath Hungary

Introduction – Miskolctapolca Cave Bath Hungary

Miskolctapolca is one of the most interesting tourist targets in Hungary. The establishment of the Cave Bath was originally a dream of Ferenc Pavai Vajna, the geologist who discovered most of the thermal waters in Hungary using special tools and machines.
The Cave spa is unique in Europe. The Cave spa is the Main attraction of Miskolctapolca.

Where is Miskolctapolca Hungary

Miskolctapolca can be found in the Northern hills of Hungary, near to Miskolc, the third most populated city in Hungary. From Budapest the driving distance is 184km (114 miles) which takes approximately 2 hours. First you drive on to M3 and M30 then turning to road 304 towards Miskolc and finally to Road No 3.
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The Cave Bath – Miskolctapolca Cave Bath Hungary

The Cave Bath can be found at the end of the main road in Miskolctapolca, on the left side. The Bath has an outdoor as well as an indoor area, the former is located right behind a beautiful park which is the most convenient for visitors mostly during the summer time. The easiest way to get to the entrance is just at the end of the main road, opposite the parking area, on the left side, behind Hotel Kitty. First we go through the Park and arrive to the entrance and as entering it we quickly get to the outdoor area of the Cave Bath, then we find the main Hall with the restaurant in the inside after which the lockers and changing rooms follow. The Cave Bath can be reached through the lockers and changing rooms. My first impression of the spa water was that it was a little cold, compared to what I was used to experience in other thermal waters in Hungary, however as you advance towards the air becomes quite humid making the water temperature just perfect. Anyway there are other more warmer pools inside the Cave Bath. Yes the Bath is in a real cave! It is a very interesting experience, and frankly there is no point to be afraid because it is not several kilometers long, so you cannot get lost. The whole place can be discovered within half an hour. And it is quite cool. There is enough space for everywhere to feel yourself happy. The floor of the Cave is somewhere made of natural stone, at other places it is tiled.

Parking – Miskolctapolca Cave Bath Hungary

Parking is tricky. First of all if you want to park near the Cave Bath you can’t help paying. At the end of the Main road, it is on the right side where the public parking is the cheapest with the Park machine. Hotels sell parking places for double price. Another option, if you are in a good physical condition and don’t mind to walk for a while, you can check first where is the Spa exactly and how to get there on foot then go backwards several kilometers where you can park the car for free of charge.

Opening hours – Miskolctapolca Cave Bath Hungary

The Cave Bath is generally open throughout the whole year. But concerning the opening hours there are different periods in season and out of season.

In Season (06.01.-08.31)

09:00-19:00 (cash desk closing at 18:00)

Out of season (10.01.- 04.30.)

09:00-18:00 (cash desk closing at 17:00)

Before season:

(05.01.-05.31.) 09:00-18:00
(cash desk closing at 17:00)

After season: (09.01.-09.30.)

09:00-18:00 (cash desk closing at 17:00)

Hotels, appartmans – Miskolctapolca Cave bath Hungary

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Restaurants in Miskolctapolca

There are approximately 10 restaurants in Miskolctapolca.

Bonifini reneszansz restaurant

Address: 3519 Miskolc-Tapolca, Fenyő u. 7.
Telephone: +36 46/560 160

Kis Anna halaszkert restaurant

Address: Miskolc-Tapolca, Görömbölyi u. 38.
Telephone: +36 46/422 900

Fortuna hotel restaurant

Address: 3519 Miskolc-Tapolca, Csabai u. 2.
Telephone: +36 46/432 345

Hungaria panzio restaurant

Address: 3519 Miskolc-Tapolca, Csabai út 7.
Telephone: +36 46/432 884

Alfa hotel La Fiesta restaurant

Address: 3519 Miskolc-Tapolca, Fenyő út 17-19.
Telephone: +36 46/564 200

Tusculanum restaurant

Address: 3519 Miskolc-Tapolca Zilahi u. 7.
Telephone: +36 46/792 103

Hotels, accomodation in Miskolctapolca
Kikelet club Miskolctapolca

Location: 3519 Miskolc-Tapolca, Fenyő u. 7.
Telephone: +36 46/560 160

Hotel Kitty

Location: 3519 Miskolc-Tapolca, Pazár István sétány 1.
Telephone: +36 46/508 042

Alfa Hotel

Location: 3519 Miskolc-Tapolca, Fenyő u. 17-19.
Telephone: +36 46/564 200

Fortuna Hotel

Location: 3519 Miskolc-Tapolca, Csabai u.2.
Telephone: +36 46/432 345

Park hotel

Location: 3519 Miskolctapolca, Csabai u.
Telephone: +36 46/422 605

Hotel Lido

Location: 3519 Miskolctapolca, Kiss J. u 4.
Telephone: +36 46/422 330

Aurora hotel

Location: 3519 Miskolctapolca, Fagyöngy u. 2-4.
Telephone: +36 225 3384

Bastya wellness

Location: 3519 Miskolc, Miskolctapolcai út 1.
Telephone: +36 46/422 100

Kolibri hotel

Location: 3519 Miskolc-Tapolca, Fecske u. 15-17.
Telephone: +36 46/555 010

Close to Miskolctapolca there are some hotels worth taken into consideration:

Calimbra wellness és konferencia hotel

Location: 3519 Miskolc, Bencések útja 9-11.
Telephone: +36 46/799 200

Bastya wellness

Location: 3519 Miskolc, Miskolctapolcai út 1.
Telephone: +36 46/422 100

There are many apartmans around because it is a very popular place for Hoildays in Hungary.

Things to do and see in Miskolctapolca – Miskolctapolca Cave bath Hungary

Miskolctapolca is a small settlement. But perhaps because of this, quite enjoyable. There is a nice boating Lake behind the Thermal, which is also very interesting. The area at the left side of the Main road (where we found the Cave bath) is a longish area next to the Spring is a huge green Park, we can walk there and enjoy the nature around us.

Things to do and see nearby – Miskolctapolca Cave bath Hungary

Lillafured is a beautiful fairy tale place nearby, just at the other side of Miskolc, as well the Unesco World Heritage site Aggtelek Cave system is also very interesting. Eger is also a very interesting historical town with a fortress and wineries in the Szepasszony (Beautiful wife) valley area.

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Holloko Hungary

 

Holloko Hungary in Hungarian Hollókő

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Holloko Hungary

Holloko or in Hungarian Hollókő means Raven stone.

Holloko is a small village in North Hungary, with several hundred inhabitants, 105 km from Budapest. By car Holloko is app 1h 40min drive from Budapest. Holloko is situated at the Eastern part of the Northern hills in beautiful natural surrounding. The village is the only village among the Unesco World Heritage sites. The famous old traditional houses are not located everywhere in the villages, there are newer houses there as well. The protected houses located at the right side of the main road if we come from Budapest, in the Petofi and Kossuth streets. There are 56 protected house can be found here. The local people are friendly and kindly talks about the history of their village.

Holloko castle

There is a relatively smaller castle also can be found in Holloko near the end of the village.

Museums

There are several museums in Holloko: the Old village, the Village museum, the Puppet museum, the Post museum and several others.

Protected areas

There are 151 hectare protected areas around the village by the Bukk hills national park.

Bicycle

A 6km bicycle road is available to check all the attractions of the village.

Main events

The Main event is a traditional Easter festival in the village when the guys pour water to the girls of the village. Perhaps this is the best time to visit Holloko.

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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

Fuzer Hungary
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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Egerszalok Hungary (Egerszalók in Hungarian)

 

Egerszalok Hungary (Hungarian Egerszalók )

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Egerszalok Hungary

Where is Egerszalok

Egerszalok is situated in the North Eastern part of Hungary, just 7km from Eger.

About Egerszalok

Egerszalok is a small settlement with 1878 inhabitants according to a survey carried out in 2013.

How to get there

By car from Budapest it is easily and conveniently accessible, through M3 motorway it takes only an hour and a half.
From Eger it is just a 15 minutes drive by car.
As for the public transportation:
by train from Budapest – there is direct railway connection only to Eger from where a local bus (leaving from Eger Railway Station) takes right to the entrance of the Spa, altogether it takes approximately 3 hours
by bus from Budapest – leaving from Stadion Bus Station in every hour and gets there within 3 hours.

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The Thermal Spa and Saliris Resort hotel

A couple of years ago there was only a little pool here next to the salt hill. By 2007 the whole landscape changed enormously and the new service provider opened its doors to hundreds of potential visitors and guests. Today there is a hotel/spa complex with lots of pools and services suitable for all ages meeting the needs and living up to the expectations of many.

Natural surrounding

The natural surrounding is beautiful as it is located in the Bukk mountains, forests abound, the air is clean and fresh.

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The Thermal water of Egerszalok Hungary

It is a medicinal spa which means that the water used here is rich in minerals and the health benefits of this water have been proven by medical tests under the supervision of the Hungarian government.

Pools:

There are 17 external and internal pools here out of which 6 are external and 11 internal pools.

Type of pools:

Lots of medical pools, cave pool, jacuzzi, Kneipp pools, child pool, water temperature from 14 degree Celsius to 42 degree Celsius, most pools are between 33-36 degree Celsius.

Other services:

Saunas, different type of medical treatments, Fitness room

Other informations:

The wellness hotel is a bit further away from the village Egerszalók. Due to the long distance (10 km) of this area from Eger, a car is highly recommended to use in order to fully make the most of the time spent here for example for short trips in the nearby places to visit. Some may like the restaurant of the Hotel and the Spa, some may not.

Things to see and do in Egerszalók

– Butterfly Museum
– Lake Egerszalók
– cave houses
– old stone bridge
– thermal spring, salt hill
– interesting stone formations
– Roman Catholic church
– built strolling path

Things to see and do nearby

To the north from Egerszalok a 130 hectare water reservoir/fishing lake can be found as well as the Lasko spring. Demjen spa is just several km away while Eger is a popular place for tourists to visit in Hungary: a historical city with a fortress, lots of museums, huge thermal bath with swimming pool, lots of famous wine cellars. The fortress and other popular and interesting targets are in the inner city, the wine cellars can be found at the entrance of the city, and a better place called Szepasszonyvolgy (Valley of the Beautiful Women) which is a very nice place with wine cellars around.

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