MISKOLC AND IT’S SURROUNDINGS
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Although Hungary is a relatively small country in the Central Europe, it is one of the most visited countries in the region and its capital Budapest is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Moreover, Hungary is the leading country of dental tourism in Europe. According to the official Hungarian Tourism Office, 70,000 foreign patients visited Hungary for dental treatment in 2011. Most people came from the UK, Austria, Germany, Italy and France.
Cultural and leisure programs as well as sightseeing tours:
• Cave and medicinal bath
The Cave Bath**** is the internationally famous spectacle of Miskolc, its outdoor swimming pools and internal chambers are extraordinary sights and remarkable recreation locations at the same time. Wellness fans can participate in different sauna séances held by professional sauna experts. Persons favouring mobility can try water aerobics, and those who seek extra comfort and care can choose from different refreshing massages and treatments at the renovated Cave Aquatherapy section all year round. Due to the cave climate similar to tropical and humid weather and to the refreshing karst water of 30-35 °C rich in minerals, Miskolctapolca is one of the most favoured holiday resorts in Hungary
• Theater performances, Concerts
The citizens of Miskolc always had an appreciation for the theatre and cared deeply about the Hungarian dramatic art. The national Theatre of Miskolc is the first theatre of the country, that was housed in a stone building in 1823 and is regarded nowadys as one of the most modern theaters of Central Europe,
Lillafüred is a true gem of Miskolc, and is also a well-known climatic health resort. Have a marvelling look at the group of the Hotel Palota buildings and the suspended garden situated at the shore of Lake Hámori, and in summer why not to take a boat ride on the lake? If you wish to take atmospheric photos, look for the Szinva waterfall, which also inspired one of our greatest poets, Attila József, and which is the highest waterfall in Hungary.
Do you prefer peace and quiet or do you just need some healthy and healing air? You can find all this at the Saint Stephen cave, where you can also marvel at the wonderful stalactite formations during guided trips starting every hour. The Anna Cave is one of the only three limestone tuff caves in the world that are open to the public; its pits were formed by the arching of waterfalls, and the moss, pine foliage and the network of roots covering the walls and ceilings of the halls are really spectacular. If you wish to take only an easy and refreshing excursion, you should walk along the creek from Pele-lak, the house that used to be the home of Ottó Herman, to the Felsőhámor cliffs in the wooded valley surrounded by hills.
• Avas Tower
The tower high on top of Avas Hill is an even more spectacular sight after sunset, when its night lights are turned on. Nevertheless, its silhouette that can be seen from several spots within town is also eye-catching during daytime.
If you walk to the Observation Tower from the city centre through Papszer, you can find a lot of interesting sights on the way.
When you pass the Avas Protestant Church, also known as the symbol of the town, and then walk past the bell tower and the monument cemetery, you have the feeling as if you were dwelling in an entirely different world: the town noise is replaced by quiet, the bustle by calmness.
The way upwards leads you through the cobbled streets and stairways meandering among wine cellars carved into the hill-side, and wine houses.
In clear weather, from the gallery of the Observation Tower you can see the Zemplén Hills and even the peaks of the Slovakian High Tatra Mountains, but it is also worth having a look at the well-known buildings and church towers of the City Centre from such height.
If you walk down the Avas Hill on the south-eastern side, you can marvel at the extraordinary plants of the arboretum and the Calvary as well.
During your walk, you should definitely consider visiting one of the wine cellars, too! You can choose from different wine-tasting and catering taverns ranging from small family businesses to multi-storey cellar systems.
• Castle of Diósgyőr
You will find several historic and cultural sights in Diósgyőr and in Győri kapu (‘Győri gate’), located along the way to Diósgyőr from the City Centre. It is worth checking the exhibitions of Lézerpont Látványtár (Laser Point Image Museum), or to take a detour in the small streets with an atmosphere of medieval Diósgyőr. The Factory Sport Arena located on the site of the Metallurgic Works offers many different sports and entertainment options from a creative music community centre to a climbing hall.
When you have walked down the protected chestnut trees of Vár street, you will find yourself at the foot of the Castle of Diósgyőr, which is going to be renovated in the period between April 2012 and 2014. After the completion, visitors will be able to see a historic-like but reconstructed Diósgyőr Castle in place of the historic ruins. During the reconstruction, the Castle will not be closed for the public: festivals, concerts, performances and other events will be held in the Castle moat and the lower castle yard.
Anybody can have a look at the reconstruction works via a tour guided by a Construction Master. In its golden period, the Castle was the location of such significant diplomatic events as the ratification of the Peace of Turin. At such occasions, large feasts were held at the Castle – the waxworks demonstrating the times of such feasts, as well as the exhibitions on medieval weaponry and armours, the history of the castle and the course of the renovation will all be available for the public during the reconstruction period.
You can find a pleasant coffee shop and a few individual guest rooms in the Déryné House located in the castle-yard and built at the end of the 18th century. Between 1852 and 1867, this house was the home of Róza Déryné Széppataki, the most famous and significant figure of 19th century Hungarian theatre.
Directly next to the Castle, the cooling waters and shady groves of Várfürdő (‘Castle Bath’) can offer you some real recreation time in summer. The craftsmen’s creative centre, located in a building that used to belong to the Diósgyőr Castle crown premises, awaits you with a market of crafted folk art products, old craft demonstrations, and children’s programmes of folk games and toys.
• Bükk National Park
This Bükk National Park is situated in the Bükk, Hungary’s highest mountain range – at least in terms of average height. It boasts rich plant and animal life, including a variety of rare butterflies and insects. Some 90 species of migratory birds visit the park every year, among them several endangered species that only nest in the forest and cliff walls of the Bükk.
Some of the of the many hundreds of caves and hollows in the range’s karst system (at Szeleta and Istállós-kő and the Suba Hole and Balla Cave, for example) are of great scientific interest as primitive archaeological remains. The forest extends as far as the eye can see, 97 per cent of the central part of the range is wooded.Why else should you visit? Well, the Bükk National Park provides excellent opportunities for walking and cycling, or simply relaxation. The narrow-gauge trains puffing their way through the forest are not to be missed, and the villages nestling in the interior of the hills will leave you spellbound.