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deriek-2 Hortobagyi Nemzeti Park - A travel report by Mary
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Hortobagyi Nemzeti Park,  Hungary - flag Hungary
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The vast grass steppe

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This flatland is the famous Hortobágy National Reserve. The vast grass steppe in the glowing sun have been immortalized in several masterpieces of great Hungarian poets and paiters.


Tiny villages preserve hidden treasuses.Quality hotels and elegant neat houses offer first class accomodations for travelers.Medical spas promise healing and rejuvenation. Plenty of opportunities are available here for tourists wishing to discover new areas. Mirages of trees , church spires, entire villages may be seen in the shimmering hot air of the puszta. The Hungarian Plain is also the cradle of folk customs and crafts.

Favourite spots:
Hortobágy is one of the largest protected steppe in Europe. Here Hungarian Grey Cattle, stud horses,the spiral horned Racka sheep and buffalo herds graze on the open pastures. Painted gingerbread figures, embroidery, weaving and ceramics decorated in traditional red, green, and white patterns are among the handicrafts you will see in towns and villages. Devotee of Puszta riding tours? This is the right place!

What's really great:
The Nine-Arch-Bridge near the village of Hortobágy is the longest vehicular stone bridge in the coutry.
After tours, relaxation of a different sort awaits the traveller: the abundantly flowing thermal water helos heal and relax the body.

Sights:
Hajdúszoboszló has been both the 'mecca for rheumatics' for 75 years and the most popular holiday resort of the Great Plain. This is a wonderful town for tourists and all who enjoy adventure pools. There is a huge open-air pool, a boating lake, a recently built Aquapark.

Accommodations:
Debrecen is the second most popular city in the country. Hotel Arany Bika is the most famous place for tourist. This is the oldest working hotel in the country. The symbol of the city, the Great Church of Debrecen,with 3000 seats, is the largest Calvinist church in the country. Its interior decoration is in the severe puritan style.

Restaurants:
The almost 300 years old typical 'Puszta' restaurant Hortobágy Csárda offers original country dishes. The nearby Shepherd Museum shows the life of the sheperds, who lived out in the ope, in winter and summer.

Other recommendations:
Szolnok has been loceted at the crossing place of the Tisza and Zagyva rivers for 900 years. This waterside town has mahy beautiful beaches. An international rowing course was built on the Tisza Backwater.

Published on Wednesday June 8th, 2005


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Sun, Aug 05 2007 - 07:10 AM rating by adampl

Short but crammed with useful info.

Fri, Jun 10 2005 - 01:41 PM rating by kandath

Well done again Mary !

Thu, Jun 09 2005 - 04:04 AM rating by gloriajames

interesting! 4*

Wed, Jun 08 2005 - 02:08 PM rating by davidx

Very god but a bit short for 5*

Wed, Jun 08 2005 - 12:41 PM rating by picasso

Interesting small report

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