Eden-like destinations in Southern Transdanubia

Magyar Turizmus Zrt. organized a study trip for journalists between May 23-25, to two EDEN award winner destinations: Kaposvár and the Mecsek region.

The first destination of the programme was Kaposvár, the Hungarian winner of the 2013 "European Destinations of Excellence" competition. Ágnes Bocska, "tour guide of the year" guided the professional guests through the sites of the winning project made accessible for the disabled.

The tour continued in the woods of Zselic, where the accessible Kardosfa Hotel situated far from residential areas, provided accommodation, fine game dishes and a special astronomical programme as well. Europe's first silver level dark-sky preserve is situated here, where a night tour can be taken following the lead of the highly professional staff of the Duna-Dráva National Park. Using special tools, the programme is even made enjoyable for guests with impaired vision or without sight.

The hiking went on in Bőszénfa, at the accessible deer farm of the University of Kaposvár, where the five big games of Hungary can be seen, and tame deer can be even fed and patted. The farm offers game specialties for tasting, local products for purchasing, and the collection of trophies of big games from Zselic can be viewed. Situated on the side of an artificial lake, lies the picturesque valley of Orfű with the only functional watermill in the country and a rare horse mill. The visit in the Mill Museum was meant to be the main attraction, but the kind residents of Orfű escorted the group also to the Vízfő spring that has a small water plant, the "Mushroom" spring house, recorded as a protected monument in 2002 and a preferred destination of the Vízfő educational path.

The participants of the trip could witness a fantastic wedding and could take part in children's favourite traditional trials of strength and wits within the thousand-year-old walls of the Benedectine abbey of Pécsvárad founded by King Saint Stephen. The visitor of this place is reminded on the founding of the kingdom of Hungary thousand years ago and can not only make a journey into the past, but also admire the exact copy of the Saint Crown crafted of silver and precious stones as well.

The icing on the "cake" of the tour was the city of Pécs with its prominent cultural attraction, the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition. The first of the three venues of the exhibition can be visited by any resident of Pécs, who crosses Széchenyi Square daily. The eight-and-a-half metre tall Sforza horse designed, but never built by the renaissance genius was erected at this square. The other two exhibition venues, the Contemporary Hungarian Gallery of Janus Pannonius Museum and the art collection of the Martyn Museum introduce Leonardo not only as an inventor and artist, but also the exceptional drawer as the engineer exploring the operation principles of machines and the scientist searching for the secrets of flying.

We also visited the fabulous buildings of Zsolnay Cultural District created from the former porcelain factory that, among others, prides itself on its unique exhibitions, including the famous Gyugyi Art Collection as well as shops situated in the former buildings of the factory and the top-quality restaurant of the city, the Zsolnay Restaurant.

Krakow TV shot at the Tisza Lake and in the Hortobágy

The crew of the Krakow TV found a beautiful sunny autumn weather in the middle of October. The main objective was to shoot a sunrise over the Tisza Lake at Saturday dawn. The weather was ideal for shooting; the Sun came up from behind a layer of clouds.

Good to know! Tisza Lake won the best natural water destination title in 2010 as we reported in detail in our previous article.

After recording the sunset, the team continued its journey with a small ship to explore the Tisza Lake. The recordings worthy of the landscape taken in the wonderful morning light will probably attract many visitors.

After anchoring, the visitors' centre of the lake and its number one attraction, the Tisza Lake Ecocentre was visited. János Kiss welcomed the "camera", since, as he told us, the number of Polish tourists increased the most dynamically this year, and the recordings taken will surely attract further guests from the southern part of Poland.

After shooting the film at the Tisza Lake, the crew said goodbye to the region with a fish supper at the Fehér Amúr fishermen's inn.

In the afternoon they departed towards Hortobágy, where they could witness and record the autumn's crane migration at the Hortobágy fish-pond.

Good to know! Hortobágy won the title Destination with the best living traditions in 2008, and the traditional values are shown in our article, Land of the herdsmen – Hortobágy.

In the Hortobágy Sanctuary, the members of the crew had the opportunity to get a close view of wild animals, including wild horses and aurochs. The one and only Hortobágy puszta-five, four-ox carriage and the typical fauna of the puszta can be seen in life, including the horse, Hungarian grey cattle and buffalo, the Hungarian "racka" sheep and mangalica pig herds as well as the life and work of the herdsmen. They could also taste the 300-year-old local dishes and specialties of region and the puszta at the Hortobágy Nagycsárda with genuine gypsy music in the background. The last place for recordings by the crew was the Pusztai Állatpark, where they could get an insight into the puszta virtue and the magical world of herbs in the puszta.