This year end we are going to Szilvásvárad. This is a small town or village (I never know the difference…) in the north part of Hungary, at the entrance of Bükki National Park and close to Mátra, one of the areas with the highest mountains in Hungary. This is the second year we spend Christmas there and it is worth if you are looking for a relaxing time.
It is just 165km from Budapest, mainly by motorway, and you will find a nice hotel called La Condessa Castle Hotel and Wellness. The place is really amazing, the wellness, the comfortable rooms, the gardens and there is also a squash court. Also the restaurant is very good, where you can choose the halfboard or the a la carte option.
These pictures were taken in Bükk National Park. Behind the fence there is a frozen lake. On the right, just a small river still running in the frozen forest.
Very close to this town, you will find other attractions you should check as well:
– Lilafüred: on the other side of Bükki forest, this small town is closer to Miskolc, an important city in Hungary. The best in this place is the artificial lake and the castle (1927-1930) where is currently a very nice hotel (picture above). I recommend you to stay there or at least have a tea at the restaurant if you are nearby. There are also close by some caves: There are three natural caves not far from the hotel: Anna Cave (with plant fossils preserved in limestone); István Cave (a large dripstone cave) and Szeleta Cave (a cave where many Paleolithic relics were found). Also there is a short train tour you can do it, some small museums and the highest waterfall in Hungary, with its 20 meters height.
The hotel website: http://www.hunguesthotels.hu/en/hotel/lillafured/hunguest_hotel_palota/
– Eger: I think this city deserves a special post about it.
– Mezőkövesd: the main attraction is the thermal bath Zsóry, with sulphur-rich waters with curative properties. Also you will find some attractions interesting if you want to know more about locals as the Matyó Museum, Museum of Agricultureand the Matyó homes, which are streets with the atmosphere of 19th century country towns – also called “Hadas” district. In the ancient cottages local folk artists offer a view of what it is like to be “Matyó”. The houses give home to embroiderers, a furniture painter, a glass cutter, a potter and for the children: a gingerbread maker, among other craftsmen. The Matyó is also the most popular motif in Hungary that represents the country and the folks:
How to draw this flower you can find here: