Southern Transdanubia


Our jungle (Szalafő, Vas county)

If you go west from Keszthely (Lake Balaton) you will get to the "Őrség", a historical piece of our country where Szalafő is one of the biggest and particularly impressive settlements. In the "jungle" near the village there is a protected pine-grove which is really out-and-outer. The richest  butterfly fauna of Hungary is living in this area. During a pretty walk in the forest along the well-known  mushrooms you can also have a look at  the special snail mushroom which is a real rarity mostly occuring in the Alps.

If you want to learn Hungarian (Ibafa, Baranya county)

If you are a foreigner and think that Hungarian is not a difficult language, try to read the following sentence: "Az ibafai papnak fapipája van, tehát az ibafai fapipa papi fapipa." Have you done it? Then you are a language genious! Well, it is dead sure that there is nobody in Hungary who has not practised this crackjaw in his  childhood. This phrase is about a wooden pipe that belongs to a parson living in Ibafa. If you want to see this masterpiece, go to Ibafa and visit the Pipe Museum!  
The wine cathedral (Villánykövesd, Baranya county)

There is a wonderful village at the foot of Villányi hills whose biggest attraction is the Batthyány Wine Cellar traditionally called as "wine cathedral". The spectacular baroque architecture makes it look like a cathedral indeed. The giant wooden barrels of the cellar can store 4000 hectolitres of wine!


 Outdoor Musem (Nagyharsány, Baranya county)

The Statue Park in Nagyharsány at the eastern part of Szársomlyó Mountain was established in the pan of the former stone-pit in the 1960s. This open-air museum  containing of huge limestone statues made on the spot  is really worth visiting. The Gyimóthy Cottage located 200 meters from the Park operates as  artists' residence. In the 70s during the communism this place used to be a not very well-known symbol of rebellion against officially and controlled culture. The statues created at that time  are the memories of the independent artistic experimentation.

Palkonya, the protected village

You can find dozens of pretty villages in this area, but our aim is to show you some pearls. Well, Palkonya with its 370 inhabitants is really a place like that where you can admire the architecture of the German vine-growers settled here in the 18th century. The most interesting buildings are the wine cellars (in number 53) which cover the brae at the end of the village. You won't be disappointed if you take a walk to these small whitewashed cottages. More than half of the houses in Palkonya are protected. On the facade of these art relics  you will find a label "Védett" (Protected). If you walk up to the top of any of the vine-hills surrounded the village,  your efforts will be compensated by the wonderful panorama.

A village for townies (Farm Katica, Somogy county)

Once upon a time in the smallest village of "Somogy Land", in the heart of "Zselic", 11 km from Kaposvár there was a farm called Katica. The owners of this farm dreamed about a place where visitors, especially children can learn about agriculture, animals, plants, handicraft and traditions while playing. Well, this program went over with a bang mostly among people living in towns and travelling with children. What you will find if you go there: milking place, shed for romp, shed for pigs, old kitchen, park of old machines, lodge for pets, stable, field with obstacles, maize-labyrinth and  castle of the knights. It is a highly cultivated, resourceful and well-developed establishment with a staff being up and doing with heart and hand.




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