Hungary is undoubtedly a country of stunning natural landscapes. No wonder it has ten large national parks, situated in various regions of the country, many of which are also listed as World Heritage Sites. Check out the five most magnificent of these parks with beautifully preserved natural landscapes.
Bükk National Park is situated in the Bükk Mountains in Northern Hungary. Bükk’s important geological features include various karst formations within its limestone mountains – particularly caves, once inhabited by prehistoric people, swallow-holes, and ravines. The Bükk Hills boast of an enormously rich plant and animal kingdom thanks to the area’s unique climate and its unusually varied terrain. Numerous species of plants and animals in Hungary can only be found in this part of the country. Around ninety species of birds, including many endangered species, make their nesting ground in the park. There are two caves in the Bükk which are open to visitors: the dripstone Szent István Cave and the limestone Anna Cave. There is also a Folk Museum at Oszla which is well worth a visit. Among numerous walking and cycling trails in the park is the Millennium Nature trail, featuring a lookout tower and highlighting the abundant natural heritage of the Bükk, with particular reference to the ecological and economic role of forestry.
Répáshuta, Hungary, +36 36 411 581
Duna–Dráva National Park is located in the southwest of Hungary. The majority of the national park sites are located within the Danube and Drava flood land areas. Some of the highlights among the attractions available in the park include the Dráva Gate Visitor Centre with its interactive exhibition about the region’s nature, indigenous Hungarian farm animals, Üde Rétek Natural Trail, and various activities for children. Abaliget Cave and Bat Museum is also informative and fun to visit. For an underground experience, be sure to check out the Cave of Mészégető Springs which offers exciting cave adventures in overalls with tour guides.
Hungary, +36 72 517 200
By Ieva Matiejunaite