Szilvásvárad and its surroundings is exceptionally rich in programme opportunities.

From the unbelievably rich choice of sights and recreational facilities we have collected the most exciting ones into a bunch for you.


The sights of Szalajka-valley

  • The valley is one of the most picturesque and most popular destinations of Bükk National Park. The three-kilometre-long, fabulous forest walkway has several sights to offer for hikers.
  • In the deer-park visitors can see fallow deer and moufflons.
  • The Zilahy Aladár Forestry Museum exhibits the tools used by the workers of the forest long ago, objects and written memories of the work done by the foresters in different sections.
  • The trout lakes and trout grill adds to the long-standing reputation of the trout breeding tradition of Szilvásvárad.
  • The glamorous Szikla-forrás (Cliff-fountain) coming out of a vertical rock formation nurtures the Szalajka-stream.
  • The Open-air Forestry Museum gives an insight into the life and work of the charcoal-burners who used to live and work in the valley. The exhibition of the museum has huts, tools and furnaces on display.
  • The Open-air Forest School is a fabulous forest playground which familiarizes children with the trees and animals living around the village, in a playful way.
  • The valley can be visited sitting on an old-timer narrow-gauge railway during the spring and summer.
  • The terminal of the forest railway is next to a huge, green area, called Gloriette-clearing. From this spot you can reach most of the sights.
  • The most well-know attraction of the valley is the Fátyol (Veil) waterfall. This natural rock formation is an impressive sight both in winter and summer.
  • From the terminal of the forest railway the Prehistoric Men’s Cave is withing reach, about 20 minutes’ walk

Nature trails

  • From the outskirts of the village two nature trails lead to the forests of Mountain Bükk.
  • Szalajka-valley can be roamed through the walkway leading up there. Along the trail hikers can meet treasures of geology, hydrology, botanics and landscape.
  • The other, 2.1-kilometre-long natural science trail leads up to the Kalapat-car park. From there with a short walk hikers can reach the Millenial Lookout Tower. The structure features a breathtaking scenery of the mountains and valleys of the region.
  • Both trails are equipped with informative boards. They can be visited all year round, free of charge.

Attractions of Szilvásvárad

  • Szilvásvárad is a settlement next to a stream and a primary route. The main road, previously the „Big Lane” is called Miskolci Street today.
  • On the main road stands the building of the village museum (60 Miskolci Street). The architectural treasure gives home to folklore and prehistoric local history exhibitions, and you can also see the fauna of Bükk National Park on display. Besides its permanent exhibition there are temporary displays as well.
  • The Calvinist Round Church built in Classical style serves well as a concert hall also (30 Aradi Street), its bell is from 1488.
  • In the middle of a glamorous prehistoric park stands the former Erdődy-Pallavicini Castle (16 Egri Street), the history of which has intertwisted with the name of three noble families from the history of Szilvásvárad.
  • Horse breeding and culture has century-long traditions in Szilvásávrad, which has been a characteristic feature of the region for centuries. The nearby Csipkéskút gives home to the world-famous Lipiza stud, you can visit the Exhibition on the History of Lipiza horse breeding (8 Park Street) and also pay a visit to the neighbouring stud and see the dwellers, the most stunning stallions there. In the stadiums you can frequently see carriage-driving competitions and horse-shows.

Sights to see in the surrounding areas

  • In Bélapátfalva visitors can admire the only remaining Roman style Cistercian Abbey Chruch in Hungary.
  • Lázbérc reservoir and landscape conservation area is a popular spot with hikers and nature lovers, as well as a common paradise for fishermen.
  • Above Szilvásvárad, at 860 m altitude Csipkéskút gives home to the colts of the Lipiza stud. The exceptional horse breed has been bred in Hungary since 1806, the foals stay in this safe and separated spot of the Bükk Plateau until the age of three. Bánkút can be found in the northern part of the Bükk Plateau, at an altitude of 780-956 metres. This is one of Hungary’s highest points. In clear weather conditions – in winter or summer – the peaks of Low and High Tatra can be seen from here. It is primarily a centre for hikers and skiers. The National Blue Trail and the Vásárhelyi Remembrance Trail lead across Bánkút.
    • Tourist trails between Szilvásvárad and Bánkút:
    • Szilvásvárad railway station – Bérci trail – Gerennavár (fortress ruins) – Huta-clearing – Hármaskút – Csurgó – Bánkút: 10.5 km, 3 hours 10 minutes, 550 m fall
    • Szalajka-valley railway stop – Tótfalusi-valley– Gerennavár (fortress ruins) – Huta-clearing – Hármaskút – Bánkút: 11 km, 3 hours 30 minutes, 550 m fall
    • Eger, a city with its heroic past and precious monuments, is one of the most famous historical cities of Hungary. Visiting the ancient sights is an exciting adventure for the young and adults alike.
    • Eger can be called the bastion of wines given it is a traditional wine region. The most typical wines of the region are Egri Bikavér (Bull’s Blood), Egri Leányka, Debrői Hárslevelű, Egri Chardonnay, Egri Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Egri Merlot, Egri Kékfrankos and Kékmedoc. In Szépasszony-valley (the Valley of Beautiful Women) wine-lovers can taste the flavours and fieriness of the local wines going from cellar to cellar.
    • Eger and Egerszalók provide visitors with outstanding services of spas, medical and wellness facilities. In Eger, it is not only the spa that indulges those who wish to relax but there is also a traditional Turkish Bath where you can get an insight into the original Turkish bathing culture
    • Egerszalók has a unique attraction called Salt Hill next to the thermal spring coming into surface from the bottom of the ground. Thermal water created this unique, white and rugged limestone formation.
    • Miskolc-Lillafüred features a Neo-Renaissance Palace Hotel, built between 1927 and 1930, as well as a beautiful lake and the highest-dropping waterfall of Hungary.
    • The main attractions of Aggtelek National Park are the cavernous limestone formations, the flora and fauna of the park and of course, the famous dripstone caves.

    Distances:

    • Millenial Lookout Tower (2 km)
    • Bélapátfalva: Abbey (7 km)
    • Lázbérc-reservoir: hiking and fishermen’s paradise (17,5 km)
    • Csipkéskút: Lipiza studfarm, hiking trails (20 km)
    • Eger: historic city and spas (25 km)
    • Bánkút: shelter hut, hiking trails, ski slope (26 km)
    • Eger: Valley of the Beautiful Women (30 km)
    • Egerszalók: spa (30 km)
    • Miskolc-Lillafüred: Palace Hotel, waterfall, lake (40 km)
    • Miskolc-Tapolca: cave spa (50 km)
    • Aggtelek: National Park and dripstone cave (55 km)

    Useful links:

    www.szalajka-volgy.hu

    www.egriborvidek.hu