Eger-Tokaj Hilly Wine Region


Snow in summer (Damasa ravine - Bánhorváti, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county)

In the wildlife reserve of Lázbérc (Bükk mountains) near the village of Bánhorváti there is a unique natural formation called the Damasa ravine. Climbing down to it is suggested only for experienced hikers as it is slightly difficult. It has formed as a result of a landslide and its unusual scenery fascinates all tourists. The ravine is 170-metre deep with a temperature of zero degree Celsius at the bottom in summer and sometimes you can see snow in the dark and narrow mountain-gorges. Dear casual "alpinists"! Please don't risk climbing down!

Pamper your body (Egerszalók, Heves county)

Although there are many Hungarians who wish back the original and elementary form - we can say romantically plain surroundings -  of the open-air spa in Egerszalók, there are many visitors who are happy about the improvement and up-to-date facilities that guarantee all comforts. Spa and Wellness Center of Egerszalók has been welcoming its guests since last year 6 kilometres from Eger in a unique natural environment. This is an unparalleled spot in Europe! The establishment has two springs with a temperature of 68 degrees welling out as geyser on the edge of the settlement. The spa offers 17 outdoor and indoor pools. It is a perfect place for aged people coming here in hope of recovering, as well as families with children who can enjoy water-sliding all day long.

Convenience thanks to the parson (Feldebrő, Nógrád county)

Among the ranges of the  Cserhát hills in Nógrád on the hillside towering over the Basilica of Szentkút some hermit's caves have remained from the 18th century. At that time the parish priest of the village Feldebrő dug them out with his own hands. He created two chapels, a bigger hall, an eating place and also a lavatory in the cave. It supposedly served as a home until the 1930s. You can still see the board beds of the former sleeping area and the remains of the kitchen which was the only heated area of the cave.

On Palots' soil (Hollókő, Nógrád county)

To be part of the World Heritage is a really big thing indeed. Hollókő hides among the hills of the Cserhát in a picturesque setting. Visiting this fairy-tale place is a "must" for all Hungarians. The village's 67 protected buildings are characteristic peasant houses with stepped gable roofs and porches with wooden breast walls decorated with open-worked carvings. Pajtakert (shed garden) is worth mentioning at the entrance of the Old Village where visitors can get useful information about the values of Hollókő while taking part in various programs. This is not an open-air museum, but a real, living village. And finally prick up your ears! Listen to the local Palots who have retained their special dialect.

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