Hortobagy National Park

Stretching across the Great Hungarian Plain, Hortobágy National Park is a vast tapestry of tradition and nature, where the iconic Puszta landscape merges with centuries-old pastoral customs. Read more

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Hortobágy National Park, established in 1973, is Hungary's largest protected area and stands as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Covering over 800 square kilometers, this expansive park represents the traditional Hungarian steppe, known as the Puszta. The landscape is characterized by its vast, treeless grasslands, shimmering fish ponds, and unique wetlands. The park is not just a nature lover's paradise, but it's also a living testament to a pastoral culture that has been maintained for over two millennia. Traditional herding practices continue here, with Hungarian Grey Cattle, Racka sheep, and Nonius horses grazing the fields. Birdwatchers flock to the park to catch glimpses of rare species such as the Great Bustard, red-footed falcons, and aquatic birds.
Hortobágy National Park is more than just a nature reserve; it's a celebration of Hungary's rich pastoral traditions, where the harmony between man and nature has flourished for centuries.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Hortobágy National Park

Nine-Arch Bridge

The longest road stone bridge in historic Hungary, a symbol of the region.

Hortobágy Bird Park

A rehabilitation center for native bird species, offering guided tours to learn about avian fauna.

Puszta Safari

A guided tour showcasing the park's diverse flora and fauna.

Hortobágy Shepherd Museum

Learn about traditional herding practices and the region's pastoral culture.

Máta Stud Farm

A place to see the renowned Nonius horses and experience horse shows.

Hortobágy Inn

A historic inn offering traditional Hungarian dishes, making for a cultural dining experience.

Hortobágy Wild Animal Park

Observe native Hungarian animal species in their natural habitat.

Karácsony Sand Dunes

Unique sand dunes, providing a distinct landscape within the park.

Fehér-tó (White Lake)

A vital resting place for migratory birds, especially in the autumn.

Village of Hortobágy

The central town of the region, offering a glimpse into the traditional Puszta lifestyle.

What else to visit
In and around Hortobagy National Park

Debrecen (40.23 km)

Known as the "Capital of the Great Hungarian Plain", Debrecen, Hungary's second-largest city, offers a blend of rich history, cultural traditions, and modern urban life, making it a captivating destination for travelers.

Eger (68.04 km)

Nestled in the Northern hills of Hungary, Eger stands out as a town of resilience, history, and viniculture. With its majestic castle, baroque architecture, and famed thermal baths, Eger offers a refreshing mix of relaxation, history, and culture.

Kisnana Castle (79.74 km)

Amidst the serene Hungarian landscapes, Kisnána Castle rises as a symbol of bygone eras, beckoning travelers to step into its walls and relive the tales of knights, battles, and romance.

Oradea (82.4 km)

Perched on the western fringes of Romania, close to the Hungarian border, Oradea is a hidden gem bursting with culture, architecture, and thermal spas.

Kassel (113.71 km)

Nestled along the Fulda River in northern Hesse, Germany, Kassel offers an intriguing blend of rich cultural heritage, verdant parklands, and captivating artistic endeavors.

Karolyi Castle (113.71 km)

Embraced by lush gardens and timeless elegance, the Károlyi Castle stands as a pristine emblem of Hungary's aristocratic past. This magnificent structure captures the essence of bygone eras while offering a serene escape into history.

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