15.00 – 19.00 Saturday, 4 September
BOAT TOUR ON LAKE TISZA
Lake Tisza, the second largest lake in Hungary is situated on the Great Hungarian Plain, in the eastern part of the country.
Its total surface is 127 sq kilometres and consists of a variety of large open water surfaces and shallow water, countless dead-end channels and islands forming a characteristic so-called ‘mosaic country’. Lake Tisza belongs to Hortobágy National Park, thus it has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage programme since 1999.
In 2010 Lake Tisza was awarded the title European Destination of Excellence by the European Commission. Please click on the logo below for detailed information
Lake Tisza offers a choice of recreational activities as varied as its landscape. You can go hiking, swimming or enjoy water sports: You can enjoy beach life on any of the 6 public beaches along the shore, relax in the spas of Tiszafüred or try extreme water sports during the day then have fun in the busy nightlife in and around Abádszalók.
As the water level ranges from deep to shallow so change the native species of fish. Fishing is allowed if all relevant rules are kept.
The lake has an exceptional wildlife attracting nature-lovers in every season. Various trails expect you round the year to explore the secrets of the region on foot, by bike, in a boat or on horseback.
Lake Tisza has 3 main regions:
Lake Tisza Bird Reserve. It is also a highly important stopping point and rest area for migrating birds when crossing Europe, and a nature reserve that can be visited by guided tours only.
08.30 – 12.30 Monday, 6 September
EXCURSION TO THE GIANT FRESHWATER AQUARIUM OF HUNGARY
The new touristic complex by Lake Tisza was erected to collect and display the amazing nature and wildlife of the River Tisza valley and the second largest lake in Hungary Tisza-tó.
The main building of Lake Tisza Ecocentre designed by Architect Laszlo Kertai laureate of Ybl Award symbolizes a huge landing bird. This inspiring architectural wonder offers a whole day programme with its permanent and temporary exhibitions, conference and event hall, 3D cinema, “A night in the forest” exhibition of reptiles and amphibia in terrariums, children’s playroom “enchanted waterworld” or its lookout tower, as the panoramic view from its terrace in one direction to the lake and to Matra and Bukk mountains to the other is simply breathtaking.
You may hire an AUDIOGUIDE device to get information in English, German, Polish or Hungarian languages.
However, the strongest argument to visit the place without doubt is the largest freshwater aquarium system in Europe: the capacity of the giant aquarium is 535 000 litres in itself, the underwater tunnel is 7 metres long and weighs more than 4.5 tons.
The main building is surrounded by a leisure park on 7 hectares: this part of the complex is not only a Zoo with such indigenous animals like golden jackals, traditional Hungarian sheep types, storks, cormorants or pelicans but it is a kind of an amusement park with many facilities for families and kids incl. playing grounds, one of them offering an opportunity for funny rafting on wooden boats. Walking around this leisure garden you will soon find yourself in the 19 century for a while: the Poroszló local museum with its collection of rural items, a display of old fishing tools as well as a traditional poultry run or rabbit yard will help you to imagine the rural life in Poroszló in the old times.
A small pier on the lake right next to Ecocenter provides a starting point for romantic shiptours. You may from here take off for a boat tour supported by GPS navigation: the choice is yours, 12 different tour routes are available at a reasonable price.
15.00 – 22.00 Tuesday, 7 September
EXCURSION TO EGER: SIGHTSEEING, WINE TASTING AND DINNER IN THE PETRÉNY WINERY
The Eger region is home to the legendary ‘Bull’s Blood of Eger’ (Egri Bikavér), perhaps the best-known Hungarian red wine abroad. Based on Kékfrankos, Bull’s Blood is a cuvee, a blend of three or more grapes, matured in oak barrels for at least 12 months. Eger is also home to some fresh whites, as white grapes also have long-lasting traditions in the region.
Everyone loves Eger, and it is immediately apparent why. Filled with beautifully preserved baroque buildings, Eger (pronounced ‘egg-air’) is a jewellery box of a town with loads to see and do. Explore the bloody history of Turkish occupation and defeat at the hilltop castle; climb an original Ottoman minaret; listen to an organ performance at the colossal basilica; or relax in a renovated Turkish bath. Then spend time walking from cellar to cellar in the Valley of Beautiful Women, tasting the celebrated Eger Bull’s Blood (Egri Bikavér) and other local wines from the cask.
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