This is about as safe as I have felt anywhere in Hungary, which is in itself a very safe country. Certainly no significant threat of violence here. But it is a popular tourist area, and as always they are likely to attract pickpockets and rip-off artists. I have no evidence to suggest it is worse here than anywhere else, and I suspect it is...more
Hotel Senator-Ház is a three star hotel with 11 rooms in the heart of Eger, just across the bridge...more
A great place to sample Bikaver wine is in Eger's "Valley of the Beautiful Women", or Szepasszony-Volgy. Here a small semi-circle of cellars are cut into the local stone, which allows them to keep barrels of the superb local wine at the perfect temperature. You can just wander from cellar to cellar trying a glass of whatever takes you fancy. Some...more
A few blocks away from the Matra Museum, we reached Fö Ter, the central square. A sleepy, tranquil square of a sleepy. tranquil town with 34,000 inhabitants. The tourist information office on the square is excellent. The lady who attended to us was very nice, spoke English fluently, and gave us valuable information and material about Gyöngyös, the...more
Jews were already living in Gyöngyös in the 15th century. In 1941 the Gyöngyös Jewish community numbered 2,429. During the Holocaust, in June 1944, they were deported to Auschwitz and murdered there; only 461 of them survived.An old synagogue, built in the 18th century, was burnt during a great fire in the city in 1917. The building you can see...more
It took us some time to find the Mátra Museum. The entrance to the grounds is impressive, with a stone lion watching us on each side of the entrance. We realized the time was 45 minutes before closing time. The employees were very friendly, very proud of their local museum, and although they did not speak any English they were very eager to make...more
Horses and nature are the best things that Szilvásvárad offers.If you love the nature is your place.You can look at this web adress to take more information in several languages too.www.szilvasvarad.org The nature and the special restaurants!more
Park u. 6, Szilvasvarad, Miskolc, H-3348, Hungary
When you visit the thermal baths in Egerszalok, make sure to bring your own towels, sandals, and bathrobe because if you don't, there is usually a fee to rent them. For example, the Saliris Resort charges about $5 to rent a towel and $7 for a bathrobe.more
In Egerszalok, you MUST visit the thermal baths. This is a very small town located in a wooded area, so wherever you choose to go, it will be quiet and relaxing. There are several different bath complexes here, and the one I went to was at the Saliris Resort. The Saliris Resort has a huge spa area. In front of the resort you can see the Salt Hill,...more
It's a very interesting (half-ruined) abbey in Belapatfalva, a small village 130 km's from Budapest (20 km's from Eger).
When we were travelling in the Matra region, our guidebook recommended visiting the Károlyi Castle in Parádsasvár. The castle looked really majestic, built in red brick with black turrets, tucked away in a small valley among the forest-covered hills. Unfortunately, the castle is now a luxury hotel which does not encourage visitors. Although we kept ringing the bell for several minutes, there was no response. We admired the exterior from our viewpoint outside the gate, and then took a short hike in the surrounding forest to see the castle from different angles.
The castle consists of a group of neo-classical buildings, first built in 1827, then extended and re-modeled by the Károlyi family's architect, Miklós Ybl, in 1882.
The local people of Parád recommended this restaurant to us when we were looking for a nice place to have lunch in the area. We were in the mood for a good gulyás soup, and we were not diasppointed. The landlady brought us a big pot full of hot "Paloc", the local goulash soup, which was very tasty and filling.The palacsintas (crepes, pancakes) were...more
Palóc House is one survivng example of an old village house with a thatched roof, an echo from the past.The lady in the adjoining modern house opened her gate for us, and told us that her family had been in the straw handicraft buisiness for generations. She showed us a collection of beautiful objects made from straw, from wine-bottle-jackets to...more
Johák Asztalos was a well-known local woodcarver; a collection of his works is on display in a gallery near the center of the village. The wooden sculptures are very life-like, and portray typical Hungarian figures. Most of them are displayed in one hall. The small building looks like it served the fire brigade in former times (there is even an old...more