DECODED BY NATIVES
Southern Great Plain (Dél-Alföld), Hungary
Famous Hungarian horse breeds like Nóniusz or Furioso at Mezőhegyes, which also has a coach museum.
Southern Great Plain includes 3 counties:
Forces of nature like the river Tisza and the wind has shaped the landscape for many centuries creating a diverse scenery. The major rivers (Danube, Tisza, Maros and Körös rivers) deposited their silt on the flat land and built alluviums, formed new riverbeds by their huge bendings.
Archaelogical findings nearby Hódmezővásárhely show that people lived here as early as 7000 years ago and they built huge mounds from soil (called kunhalom in Hungarian) probably for burial purposes.
Men also altered the countryside by regulating the rivers, building dams, draining marshes, and trying to slow down shifting sand.
The Kiskunság area dominates the region between the Danube and the Tisza rivers with a varied landscape of rolling, sandy surfaces dotted with patches of flowery grasslands, wetlands, and groves.
Three national parks guard the natural treasures of the region:
The Puszta of Bugac gives you a taste of spectacular horse shows, like the Puszta Ötös (Puszta Five), the lifestyle of sheperds in the Sheperd's Museum and of course authentic Hungarian dishes in the Bugac Csárda.
The area received its name after the Cumans (kun in Hungarian) an Asian nation who settled down here in the 13th century when King Béla Iv invited them after the Mongol invasion (1241-42) killed most of the Hungarian people liviving in the area. This is also one of the most fertile parts of Hungary where farmers grow flavourful vegetables and fruits.
Révbérpuszta is another good choice to watch spectacualr horse programs and animals indigenous to Hungary (grey cattle, racka sheep).
Part of Nagykunság belongs to Southern Great Plain too between the Tisza and the Hármas-Körös rivers. Backwaters, forests, thermal baths and riverside resorts make this part of Hungary a poular vacation spot.
Szeged is the focal point of Southern Great Plain abounding in architectural masterpices, wonderful and well-kept cityscape vivid cultural life that provide enetertainment not just during the summer months.
In Castle Bath of Gyula you can bath within a peaceful setting in the vast Almássy Park where some very old trees provide shade on hot days.
At the National History Memorial Park in Ópusztaszer you can learn about the way of life of the nomadic Hungarian tribes.
The monumental picture of Árpád Feszty, the second largest panorama painting in the world, depicts how the Hungarians conquered and found home in the Carpathian Basinafter many years of wandering.
Emperor Josef II founded a Royal Horse Breeding Institute in Mezőhegyes which became the most significant stud farm in Europe at the time. You can admire the famous Hungarain bred Nonius. The farm has some very rare architectural masterpeices as well. The area around Mezőhegyes is also a fine hunting place.
During the turbulent years of the country's history some ethnic minorities, Slovaks, Gremans, settled down, adapted to the region and learned to live together with Hungarians in peace while preserving their own traditions and folk art.
Many small villages and towns too have ethnographic museums where they gathered and exhibited tools, furniture, and other artworks characteristic of their folk art and lifestyle.
Liquid golden lies under our feet in the Southern Great Plain's: thermal waters with medicinal benefits feed around 40 medicinal baths and many other pools in the area.
Soaking in the baths will not only indulge you but will recharge your tired body and ease the pain in your joints.
I've already mentioned some of them on this page but here are some more:
Other places for water fanatics include
The fertile land and the high amount of sunny hours make the most aprts of the southern Great Plain an agricultural tresaure trove. Several food delicacies considered to be Hungarian specialities are produced in this region.
Gastronomy is also the focal point of many festivals and events, where you can take part in cooking competitions and taste some of the best local dishes.
The aromatic and juicy apricots produce in the region made Kecskemét apricot brandy a favored spirit even outside Hungary. You can learn about the secrets of pálinka making and taste it in the Zwack Fruit Brandy Distillery on guided tours. Apart from the famous liqueur Kecskemét has some unique collection in its numerous museums not to mention the fine examples of Hungarian Art Nouveau.
The region's meat products are also sought-after in the groceries of foreign countries like the Gyulai or Békéscsabai sausages.
Orosháza is known for its quality goose liver but aprt form this delicacy you should visit its poular resort district Gyopárosfürdő where the whole family can indulge and relax in several thermal pools, open-air beahces throughout the year. The natural water of the pools relieves rheumatic pains.
Taste some of the msot delicious fishermen's soups at the Fishermen Soup Cooking Festival on the main square of Baja, the charming trading town in the embrace of the.
Part of the Hundred-Year-Old Confectionery (Százéves Cukrászda) in Gyula operates as a museum: you can see old baking utensils, and rooms with original furnishings but don't forget to taste luscious Hungarian cakes, bonbons or ice cream.
Regions Nearby Southern Great PlainLake Tisza