Kalocsa Things to Do
A visit to the paprika museum is a very pleasant experience. They have items on display from days gone by that they used in the making of paprika
I am not sure what this monument is called, but remember that it was for the people that died during ww11. It is in front of the Cathedral and Palace.
When you stand outside the Cathedral you feel minute as this huge building towers over you. A beautifull place that you must definately visit.
Kalocsa Off The Beaten Path
Horse shows are a 200-year old tradition here, and they are worth seeing. At the Bakod Puszta (Bakod Farm) we were greeted with wine and bread with lard, supposedly the traditional breakfast of the cikos (Hungarian cowboys), and some music as well.
Hungarian gray cattle pulled a wagon around. They have huge long horns, with copper caps on them so they don’t stab each other.
The horses are incredibly well trained—on command, they fall over on their sides and let the riders sit or stand on them. They also sit on their haunches like dogs. The cowboys all have big whips, which they are constantly cracking. In one traditional contest, the rider has to knock a bowling pin off a block with his whip as he gallops past. They always ride bareback. During the contests, one young man on a little donkey provided some comedy.
Next we saw a variety of old wagons, including a 4-horse carriage. There is a co-driver in back who shifts his weight for balance when they turn. We were told that the word “coach” comes from the Hungarian village of Kocs, where it was developed.
The show’s impressive finale involved a team of 8 horses, hitched in a 3/3/2 formation. The rider stands on the back two, with one foot on each, as they race around and around the track.
Visitors could finish with a wagon ride, or just wander around the barn.
Unfortunately, I don't have good contact information, as we were in a group from a river cruise. I think it would be easy enough to get directions and information in Kalocsa, as it isn't far from town. (All-day tours to the horse farms can also be arranged from Budapest hotels.)
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