Northeastern Hungary

Palóc - FolkloreScenic mountains, forests rich in game, valleys, sunny plateaus, creeks, and river-slashed basins, all fold into one another. The Mátra and Bükk mountains become gentle hills, then give way to the Hungarian Plain. This romantic landscape is Hungary's Northern Highlands region. Here you will find preserved forests, caves, health spas, the Lippizaner stud-farms, as well as Romanesque, medieval and Baroque historic buildings.
Hollókő VillageSixty miles from Budapest near the rolling hills of Cserhát is Hollókő, inhabited by only 450 ethnic Palóc who carry on the traditions of Hungarian folklore. This is the first village in the world that UNESCO put on its list of World Heritage sites - meaning it must be preserved and protected for generations to come.
Eger - Castle (14th-15th century)
Mezőkövesd is another village with a unique folk art tradition of Matyó embroidery that creates an array of color found nowhere else in Hungary - or the world.
EgerThe region also has large towns, such as Miskolc and Eger. An episcopal seat for centuries, Eger is rich in secular and ecclesiastical treasures, including its castle, as well as healing thermal waters. Spas are also located in Mezőkövesd and Miskolc-Tapolca.

The Northern Highlands is where you can see Hungary's two most famous wines being made - the strong red Egri Bikavér (Bull's Blood) and the sweet white Tokaji Aszú dessert wine. 
Aggtelek - Stalactite CavesThe mysterious Stalactite Caves at Aggtelek are another alluring feature of this region's natural environment. Designated by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, the splendid underground caverns extend for 15 miles underground.

Be sure to read our article about 'Horses and Folk Traditions' as well.