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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.