Study tours in EDEN destinations in Southern Transdanubia

The Hungarian Tourism Agency organised a professional study visit entitled "EDEN Destinations" for both general journalists and those specialising in tourism on August 13-14, 2016 to three EDEN-winning destinations: the Mecsek region, the Mecsek Greenway and Kaposvár.

The first stop on the tour was Pécsvárad boasting a thousand-year-old castle chapel and a former Benedictine monastery. The tour continued in Pécs in the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, which attracts attention due to not only its exceptional exhibitions including the famous Gyugyi collection, but also the city's most celebrated catering establishment, the Zsolnay Restaurant.

In the village of Orfű situated in a picturesque valley, a functioning water mill and the Mill Museum, which includes a dry mill, a rarity in Hungary, were the main spectacles, but the village's recently opened Wild Garlic House and the Stove Courtyard with a display of outdoor ovens from the different geographical regions of the country were also shown.
Hungary's most delicious destination is the Mecsek Greenway, holder of the prestigious European Destinations of ExcelleNce title. In addition to local products, the region's gastronomic offer includes edible plants such as wild garlic, dandelion and the less well-known purslane.

On the second day of the programme Kaposvár, the town boasting over 300 Art Nouveau façades, was the destination. The journalists paid a visit to the hilltop villa of the great native painter of the town, József Rippl-Rónai. The villa, housing almost 100 paintings and the artist's studio, is furnished with original pieces of furniture.

The visit confirmed that the 2011, 2013 and 2015 winners of the European Destinations of ExcelleNce project deservedly hold the EDEN title.