The Great Hungarian Plain
sure to explore one of the most colorful regions of Hungary, the Great
Hungarian Plain. Mirage of trees, shadoof wells, church spires, even
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. Painted
gingerbread figures, embroidery, weaving and ceramics decorated in
traditional red, green and white patterns are among the handicrafts
you'll see in towns and villages where life is going on unchanged by the
the predominantly rural character of the Plain are museums, theaters,
universities and churches in towns and cities, such as Szeged, Kecskemét
and Debrecen. Known as "the Calvinist Rome", Debrecen is
center of the country's Protestant religion. One of the area's most
colorful annual events is Debrecen's Flower Carnival on St. Stephen's
Day (August 20).
Kecskemét, you won't want to miss several beautiful historical
buildings, such as the fabulous Art Nouveau Cifrapalota "Fancy
Palace", the former synagogue, the Old Church and Kodály
Known the world over for
its paprika, Szeged hosts a summer Open-Air Festival with a magnificent
brick cathedral for a backdrop. Sample some of the town's famous spicy
fish soup (halászlé) seasoned - of course - with paprika!
You can learn about the
history and culture of the Magyar people at the National Historical Park
in ţpusztaszer with its archeological excavations and spectacular
cyclorama completed in 1899 by Árpád Feszty. This colossal panoramic
painting depicts the arrival of the Hungarian settlers in the Carpathian
wonders of the region include the beautiful Kiskunság and Hortobágy
National Parks, the White Lake near Szeged - home to rare bird species -
and the country's second largest lake, Lake Tisza. Between the Danube
and Tisza rivers are Hungary's lush orchards. Along the Tisza, the soil
is so fertile that the fruit grown there is the most delicious you'll
taste anywhere in the country.
Hungarian Plain is ideal for horseback riding, hot air ballooning,
bicycling, horse-drawn carriage rides, rafting on the Tisza River, and
other sporting activities.
Be sure to read our article about 'Horses
and Folk Traditions' as well.