Outings Beyond the Boundaries of the Micro-region



Visitors who are spending several days with us should take the opportunity to visit some of the nearby places to get to know them as well. Here we recommend some destinations within 50 or 60 km.



I. Hajós and Kalocsa
A trip to the village of Hajós, where locals speak an original Swabian dialect, is of ethnographical interest. This is a Catholic pilgrimage place and is also known for its wine cellars and excellent Cabernet wine. There is even a separate “village of cellars” where accordionists escort visitors from tasting to tasting. In the evening they “knight” those who have successfully withstood the trials of the day.
A few kilometres from Hajós is the Bishopric of Kalocsa, where the cathedral, and the Bishop’s Library and Treasury afford us a glimpse into the culture of the Catholic Church. The Visky Károly Museum displays the embroidery of Kalocsa and peasant lifestyles. In the pottery workshop of László Kovács we can witness the revival of a folk craft.


II. Szeged
Szeged is a university city on the banks of the River Tisza. Visitors linger in its beautiful streets and its museums, at its water sport competitions and over its fish soup. Tens of thousands are attracted by the annual theatrical performances in the square in front of the cathedral. It is pleasant to wander the pedestrian streets before sitting on the terrace of a cafe or the steps of the riverbank to enjoy the city’s Mediterranean atmosphere.





III. Kecskemét
This is the county town of Bács-Kiskun county. The jewel of its Secession town centre is the Town Hall. The collections of the Cifrapalota (“Fancy Palace”) should be seen. In the Kodály Institute there is an exhibition on the famous music teacher and at the Albert Leskowsky collection of musical instruments we can even try out those we have taken a liking to. A lift ride to the top of the Malom shopping centre will reward us with a complete panorama of the town. A cultural event would be an evening performance at the Katona József Theatre. The “Flight Day” in August always attracts great crowds to Kecskemét.



IV. Ópusztaszer, National Historical Memorial Park
This was the scene of the first ever national meeting of the Magyars. Its chief attraction is the “Feszty Cyclorama” representing the entry of the Magyars into the Carpathian Basin. The village museum shows us characteristic buildings from the world of Szeged’s farmsteads. We can also see a “Hungarian Conquest-Period” archery demonstration and a camp of yurts. There are pavilions that introduce us to the local environment and natural world too.




V. Ice-cream, wine, tanks
We do not have to travel far to arrive at one of Hungary’s very best confectioner’s – the Korona Cukrászda cafe of Soltvadkert, which has been serving customers for over 30 years. From here it is worth taking a trip to the local lake, where super bathing can be enjoyed by youngsters and their families.
Eight km from Soltvadkert is Kiskőrös, where the house where Hungary’s great poet Sándor Petőfi was born can be found. Next to the original building there is a modern memorial museum, which also displays the natural world of the Kiskunság region. The “Slovakian Rural House” introduces the town’s ethnic traditions. Only a couple of hundred metres from the town centre is the National Public Highways Memorial, where road-rollers, old vehicles and various types of road can be seen. There is a thermal baths in Kiskőrös, which has a hotel and restaurant.


A further outing might take us to Kecel, where there is the country’s largest open-air museum of weapons and military equipment. This is the Military Technology Collection of the Pintér Works. We can see the shotguns of Communist Party Secretary János Kádár, hand weapons from the two World Wars, armoured vehicles and fantastic statues from the Communist Era.



VI. Mediterranean Atmosphere: Baja and Gemenc
The town of Baja, which lies on one bank of the River Danube, is famed for its multiethnic culture and Mediterranean-style main square. It is worth looking into some of the town’s churches, walking by the side of the Sugovica river and tasting the fish soup of Baja. On the opposite side of the Danube is the Gemenc Forest through which nice tours can be taken either on foot or by miniature railway.





VII. Subotica, Palic
This outing takes us over the national frontier to the part of Serbia known as Vojvodina, which was once part of Greater Hungary. The proximity of the town of Subotica (in Hungarian, Szabadka) has always had a great influence on the life of the Kiskunhalas micro-region. By car or train the journey is no more than half an hour (if there are no hold-ups at the border), so it is worth spending a whole day in this multiethnic town. Its Secession Town Hall was built during the days of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and has Zsolnay roof tiles and stained-glass windows. The atmosphere of the town centre with its pedestrian streets and cafes reminds us of the Balkans. The Monarchy Period will be recalled, however, if we take a trip the baths of Palic (in Hungarian, Palics), which is pleasant even in spring and in autumn. There is also a zoo there.



Information and guiding: Lajos Káposzta

Tel.:+36 20/9466-727, kapi.l@freemail.hu