Stage 27/35 - 261 kms
0 km Békéscsaba
129 kms Debrecen
39 kms Hortobagy
93 kms Eger
Békéscsaba : a natural stay for eco-tourists
A natural stay in Békéscsaba which lies along the border of south-eastern Hungary, about 200 kilometres from Budapest. The historic buildings, a new cityscape, the environmental heritage, wide green spaces, parks and promenades attract many visitors to Békéscaba each year. The city of Békéscaba has numerous beautiful sites to visit. One of them is the Élovíz Canal branching from the Koros Fehér, meandering through the city and flowing into the Koros Kettos. The music pavilion, built in 1850 in Széchenyi liget, known as a city park, situated along the canal’s bank, is a modern visitors’ centre, with an open space very suitable for the eco-tourists and nature lovers. The unique flora and clearings are ideal for taking a short rest or going on leisurely strolls in an enchanting setting. The canal’s bank is lined with statues of famous people with ties to the city.
Debrecen : Parks, monuments, a charming city known to tourists
Debrecen is a captivating place to visit with a rich and varied history. It is advised to discover life in the urban centres through the lovely central square. Here, you will also find what seems to be the city’s main fascination, the fountains. Many are surrounded by shady trees and benches. The fountains are an ideal place to protect oneself from the scorching heat of summer in the city. Debrecen also boasts several imposing religious buildings. The most important one is the bright yellow Great Church which overlooks the central square. Just one street away, is the Csokonai Theatre known for its regular grand opera performances. On the other side of the square, you will discover the remarkable Deri Museum, surrounded by nude statues and even more fountains. Take the tram up to the city centre and you will find yourself in the Big Forest of the culture park.
Our Lady of Tears (about 50 km from Debrecen)
The Hungarian shrine of Mariapocs draws thousands of faithful who come to see the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Tears, dating back to 1696 when a child had been mysteriously freed from the Ottomans. The icon was commissioned by the child’s grateful parents. Three times, during difficult moments in the country’s history, in 1696, 1715 and 1905, the same icon shed real tears. This is why Mariapocs, with its beautiful and huge 18th century church, holds such an important place in the Hungarians’ memory. Pope John Paul II visited the shrine in 1991.
Hortobágy : Europe’s largest protected zone
Hortobágy is Central Europe’s largest protected area and largest natural grassland with cattle, sheep, oxen, horses, tended by shepherds. It provides a habitat for various species including 342 bird species which have been identified to appear in the Puszta. It is an 800 km² national park in Eastern Hungary, in the Puszta, rich in folklore and cultural history. Hungary’s first national park has become a part of the world heritage as the unique example of the harmonious symbiosis of man and nature. The unique flora and fauna, the growth of animal population, the strengthening of the shepherds’ community and the rich cultural traditions represent the park’s real wealth. With the setting up of a new infrastructure for ecotourism, Hortobágy offers new programmes to visitors to enjoy the experience of the Puszta’s natural richness, the shepherds’ life and traditions of the local craftsman.
Hortobágy National Park
The Hortobágy National Park, established in 1973, has an area of 82 000 hectares. It has outstanding landscape features. A great part of the national park’s area is formed by natural habitats, meadows, the smaller and larger marshes enclosed between them. The marshes and ponds are the breeding habitats of birds and represent important sites for the migrating birds. So far, the appearance of 340 bird species has been registered in Hortobágy, including 160 species that nest in the national park. Undoubtedly one of the most stunning sights is the migration of the cranes in autumn. The crane is also the park’s emblematic bird. They can all be seen in October as they fly above the grasslands to their overnight roosting places.
The Hortobágy National Park has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 1st December 1999 in cultural landscapes category, since the Hortobágy Puszta has been used by humans for the grazing of their domestic animals for over two thousand years. A large number of undemanding local breeds can be found here such as the Hungarian grey cattle, water buffalo and Raczka sheep. The visitors are impressed by the riders’ skills and at the sight of the galloping herds of horses. The shepherds living on the grasslands do not have permanent dwellings for themselves or their animals. Most of the ancient herdsmen’s homes are very simple, but also practical. They are made essentially of reed. The poles of the sweep-wells for watering the animals have become symbols of the Hungarian grasslands.
Eger : A tourist monuments city
Eger is the seat of the Heves county and Northern Hungary’s second largest city after Miskolc. Eger is mainly known for its castle, thermal baths, historic monuments, including the Turkish minaret in the north, its dishes and red wines. It has an estimated population of 56,530 as of 2011, which positions it as Hungary’s 19th largest city. The city lies on the Eger Stream, on the hills of the Bükk Mountains. The majority of visitors, mostly Slovaks, come for a single day but do not stay overnight. Ukrainians and Russians visit the Eger Castle, along with many Italians. Around the town you may come across many German-speaking travellers like the Germans, Austrians, as well as the Swiss. However, the city is becoming more popular for Turkish tourists, because of the common historical memories.
Siroki Brijeg : Church of the Assumption
Siroki is a memorial to the Christian martyrs. The Church of the Assumption, in Siroki Brijeg, has been under the Franciscans’ responsibility since 1846. This mountainous region, inhabited by Muslims, Orthodox and Catholics benefited from a visit by the Virgin Mary who seems pointing to the sky. Many pilgrimages to Siroki Brijeg are organized from Medjugorje.
Debrecen : Hotel Divinus
Debrecen : Auguszta Hotel
Debrecen : Centrum Hotel
Debrecen : Bem apartman
Eger : Centrum Apartman
Eger : Bacchus Hotel
Eger : Hotel Korona Superior
Eger : Design Apartment Eger