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Hortobagy National Park
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Full-Day Private Tour to Debrecen and Hortobagy National Park from Budapest
Ranked #3 of 32 things to do in Debrecen
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed May 1, 2012

had much fun riding horse and carriage. loved the traditional food too

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Reviewed March 18, 2012

We spent a wonderful day in Hortobagy and would recommend it to to travels spending enough time in Hungary that they are willing to head out of Budapest and see more sights. Hortobagy is on the "Great Hungarian Plains," in rich farming country just half an hour or so from Debrecen. Based on the reviews in Tripadvisor, we thought we might spend an hour looking around. Instead, we spend the whole day on a series of quite reasonably priced adventures. For a ticket that was about $7.00 (US) per person, we gained entrance to 3 musuems, a wild animal safari park, and a domestic animal park. Each sight was impressive. We learned a lot from the experience, saw exotic animals original to the region, and ate a wonderful lunch at the antique Hortobagy csarda. If you have time to deviate from the main tourist attractions in Eastern Europe and are interested in the ancient ways of life on the great plains, you will love Hortobagy.

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Reviewed August 13, 2011

We visited one site at Hortobagyi Halasto which presented us with several birdlife sightings and a panaromic view of the plain. You certainly get the impression of being somewhere quite remote.

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Reviewed August 18, 2010

This place is very interesting despite its flatness. But it's the constant need of payment in the town that annoyed me. First you have to pay to park (we drove slightly further away and didn't pay) then you have to pay to visit the Shepherd's Museum (this is an interesting place and worth a visit), then nearby there's a bird sanctuary with an interesting looking playground my kids were busting to go on. There were no other kids there which was odd. But then we found out why - you have to pay to use it! And of course you have to pay to visit the birdies. Needless to say the kids didn't end up playing there and we only saw the birds at the front of the place. We bought a few trinkets from the markets here, the vendors are very keen to sell you their stuff. We also ate lunch in the only hotel in Hortobagy (the town) I had a delicious soup but the rest of the family were less than impressed with their microwaved stuffed pancakes which were supposed to be filled with paprika chicken but actually had what looked and tasted like sawdust. We visited the nearby zoo which, although it was a very hot day, was an interesting place to see. All the animals are just domestic ones but they're all Hungarian, including those famous Grey Cattle with their ginormous horns. Please hold your breath as you pass the Mangalica Pigs - they smell worse than anything you could imagine! Definitely worth a visit but bring money - even if you need to pee!

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Reviewed September 7, 2009

Hortobágy is both the name of a village in Hajdú-Bihar county and an 800 km2 national park in Eastern Hungary, rich with folklore and cultural history. The park, a part of the Great Plain (Alföld), was designated as a national park in 1973 (the first in Hungary), and elected among the World Heritage sites in 1999. The Hortobágy is Hungary's largest protected area, and the largest natural grassland in Europe.

Hortobágy is similar to a steppe, a grassy plain with cattle, sheep, oxen, and horses, tended by herdsmen, and it provides habitat for various different species (342 bird species have been registered to appear). Its emblematic sight is the Nine-holed Bridge, and this is the place for traditional sweep wells. Visitors might find mirage as well here.

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