by Emese Pilgram
We like to think that
The first archeological findings of human settlements are from over 70,000 years ago from the Paleolithic age. The Conquest of the Hungarian tribes resulted in new population with the leadership of the Miskoc clan, hence the name
If you are interested in architecture and history, walk along the “
The following famous people were born in
Árpád Latabár sr. (1878–1951) actor
Attila Repka (1968) wrestler, olympic champion
Ferenc Demjén (1941) singer
Gábor Dayka (1769–1796) poet
Ilona Kállay (1930–2005) actress
István Jónyer (1951) table tennis player
Júlia Sebestyén (1981) figure skater,
Lőrinc Szabó (1900–1957) poet
Peter Biros (1976) water polo player
Péter Kropkó (1963) triathlonist
Róza Laborfalvi (1817–1886) actress
Sándor Lukács (1947) actor
Sándor Rónai (1892–1965) politician, president
Visit the open-air summer festivals at the
All Miskolcians know that the rock band Edda Muvek is originally from
Reteskek Café (Városháza tér 3) is my favorite place for the strudel-like pastry „retes”, a Hungarian specialty. It comes with poppy-seed, cherry, cottage cheese or even cabbage fillings. This small cafe is found in downtown, on the walking street and has live music on some nights of the week.
My favorite hiking place is Lillafured. Lillafured is about 20 minutes driving from the city-centre. There are several marked hiking trails that lead you around the ridges of the Bukk hills showing breathtaking views of the Palotaszallo (Palota Hotel), cliffs and wooded hills.
Lillafüred Forest State Railway is a cute little train going around and about the hills of Bukk. In the summer it has open cars and it goes slow enough that you can see wildlife. In the winter they run enclosed cars. I can still remember the coal stoves that heated up the wagons. Fun and smelly(!) memories! There are tunnels where you are supposed to scream – it gets very loud. When you arrive at the station in Lillafured all kinds of fun await you: the highest waterfall in
Tapolca is another favorite tourist attraction for those who like bathing. The Tapolca Cave Bath and Spa is internationally famous. The thermal bath is built using a natural healing water and a natural cave. You can walk or swim in the maze of cavities of a real cave! The lighting of the cave adds to the unique aura of the experience. There is one „room” that looks like you are out in the open with the sky’s constellations over your head.
Our famous poet, Attila Jozsef wrote his well-known poem "Ode" sitting at the ruins of the Diosgyor Castle. Here is an excerpt:
"Nézem a hegyek sörényét -
villantja minden levél.
Az úton senki, senki,
látom, hogy meglebbenti
szoknyád a szél.
és a törékeny lombok alatt
látom elörebiccenni hajad,
megrezzenni lágy emlöidet és
- amint elfut a Szinva-patak -
ím újra látom, hogy fakad
a kerek fehér köveken,
fogaidon a tündér nevetés."
"I gaze at the mountains' mane
every leaf reflects the glow
of your brow.
The road is empty, empty,
yet I can see
how the wind makes your skirt flutter
under the fragile branches of the tree.
I see a lock of your hair tip forward
your soft breasts quiver
- as the stream down below is running away -
behold, I see again,
how the ripples on round white pebbles
the fairy laughter spouts out on your teeth."
Some of the pictures are from Wikipedia - editor