Kaposvár and the Zselic area

Best destination in "Accessible tourism", 2013

The County of Somogy and its capital, Kaposvár, nestle amidst the rolling hills of South Transdanubia embraced by the River Dráva and the majestic waters of Lake Balaton The city is built on seven hills on the slopes of the Zselic and Kapos rivers and can trace its origins right back to the birth of the Hungarian State. Kaposvár is of human-scale, a laid-back, liveable and lovable city. A place, where the locals enjoy living and the tourists catch this feeling unawares. The pleasant atmosphere is due to the well-maintained surroundings, masses of flowers, public statues and fountains. From Spring right through to Autumn, visitors can enjoy festivals and special events as well as a spectacular display of flowers. The world renowned painter, József Rippl-Rónai was born in the city and his heritage is treasured in Kaposvár's museums and cultural events organised as a tribute to his achievements. The pedestrian area of Kaposvár was awarded the title „Hungary's most beautiful square, main street" in 2010. The colourful and versatile cultural life of Kaposvár is complemented by the variety of recreational activities available in the surrounding area. The Art Nouveau Kaposvár and the nearby Zselic hills have a lot to offer and everyone can find programmes and attractions to his/her liking.

Programmes, events

Traditionally, carnival is celebrated in Kaposvár in early February around the 6th, the day associated with the Christian name – Dorothy. This is when the carnival prince comes to town in a colourful cavalcade and the revelry can begin.

At the end of May, the city centre is transformed into a Bohemian Art district with a Mediterranian feel when the Rippl-Rónai festival takes place, evoking the magical atmosphere of the time of painters Rippl-Rónai and Vaszary.

The everyday life and traditions of a medieval castle come to life in June, when different orders of knights gather in Patca from all over Hungary for the Medieval Games and Family Festival at the Ladybug Farm.

In July football is in the focus of attention – nearly 200 teams aged 9-19 from all over the world to participate in the Youth Football Festival.

In August Kaposvár hosts one of the most prestigious music events of Hungary – the Kaposvár Chamber Music Festival, where classical concerts by world-famous artists provide unforgettable experiences.

Lovers of fishing, riding and gastronomy can also find programmes to their liking throughout the year.

Best destination in Hungary in "accessible tourism" in 2013

Kaposvár has taken specific measure to convert or rebuild its city in the last years as well as made the cultural institutions, museums, city baths are fully accessible for the disabled.

New developmenst are available for people with disabilities through which the disabled visitors can discover Kaposvár on their own. A special „signed" tourist DVD – with subtitles - was made for the hearing impaired. The blind and visually impaired are assisted by tactile maps, audio guides as well as audible pedestrian crossings.