Friday, July 30, 2010

Egerszalók (Hungary)

Egerszalók is a village with a population of almost 2,000 people situated between the Mátra and the Bükk mountains in the valley of the Laskó stream, just 5 km from Eger.

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The appeal of the village lies in the natural beauty of the area, which offers tourists countless points of interest. Egerszalók’s main attraction is the thermal source springing from the depths of the earth in the south of the village and the salt hill created by the water flowing down the hillside.

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The salt deposits from the 65-68 C◦ medicinal water extremely rich in minerals continuously build the scalloped, white formations, which are such an impressive sight. The calcium-magnesium bicarbonate medicinal water also containing sodium and metasilicic acid has been given one of the best ratings in the category of sulphurous medicinal waters. The water was classified as medicinal by the health ministry in 1992. Over the years the salt hill thanks to its unique characteristics has become the symbol and trademark of the local area. Similar natural formations can only be found in two other places in the world: in the Asian part of Turkey in Pamukkale, and in the Yosemite Park in the USA. In Europe it is unique.

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The exclusive medicinal and wellness spa opened in Egerszalók on 13 July, 2007. The building is situated on the hillside with some of the pools lying in the beautiful valley.

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The built ground area of the spa is 10,844 m2, and it has a capacity of some 1,000 people at any given time. With a total water surface of 1,900 m2 it boasts a total of 17 outdoor and indoor pools.

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Medicinal water sitting pools, cave pool, whirlpool bath, adventure pools, children’s pools, Kneipp and echo pools ensure that both younger and older guests will be in their element. World-class wellness and fitness services are available to guests wishing to recuperate and unwind.

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Sirok Castle Ruins (Hungary)

Sirok is located on the northern part of Hungary, on the eastern edge of the Mátra Mountains. The small village of Sirok is famous its medieval castle ruins.

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The picturesque castle was built on the top of a 300 meter high rocky plateau in the 13th century. The entire castle was carved out of the rock on which it stands.

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It is worth taking the tour up to the castle because of the view over the Mátra Mountains.

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As you can see the Sirok Castle is an interesting place to visit. The road is recently rebuilted, so you can climb up to the hilltop easily :)

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Adventure Park in Sástó (Hungary)

The OXYGEN ADRENALIN PARK is away from the noise of the city, yet it can be found close (an hour away) on the southern side of the Matra. They offer entertainment in their 16 hectare park for everyone from the ages of 1 to 99.

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In Hungary’s highest adventure park, your breath will not only be taken away by the adventures that raise your adrenalin, but also by the panorama that bursts upon your view. When it is sunny, you can see all the way from Kekes (highest mountain) to Alfold (the great plain).

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Ki se próbáltunk mindent, de amit igen, azt a gyerekek nagyon élvezték. Az a gyanúm, hogy bár először, de nem utoljára jártunk arrafelé. A kalandpark és a bobpálya remek és persze a táj is gyönyörű.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Matra Bobsled track in Sasto

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The Matra Bobsled track in Sasto is the highest bobsled course in the country. The Matra Bob is 12 kilometers from Gyöngyös, and can be found between Mátrafüred and Mátraháza. The 930-meter length course opened in October 2006. There are 34 two-person bobsled cars that await visitors. Riders can attain a breathtaking 42km/h maximum speed. This will increase your adrenalin! Be careful, it causes addiction! If you desire further excitement, try the other attractions of the adventure park. For further information, visit www.adrenalin-park.hu.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Mátraszentimre

My children spent a week with my parents in Mátraszentimre, which is the highest community in Hungary situated at 835 m above sea level in the Matra mountains. The last weekend we also spent there.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Interactive fountain in Budapest

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This new interactive public fountain is situated in the downtown of Budapest. It looks like a room with walls of water. You approach the wall, and a small portion of that wall opens (some parts of the jets stop working), you enter the room and the wall closes behind you. The same happens if you want to leave the room, you just approach the wall opens to let you through.