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Miskolc City Pass
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

By Zoran Slavic

For years, Miskolc for me was the only city which is at the output from Budapest, turns to the right, where there is a famous Hungarian wine region Eger and Tokaj. So it was time for me to Vienna, Bratislava, Brno and Prague always ran to the left, towards Győr. It was so until last July, when to my stay in Budapest coincided three things. On the Internet I previously discovered a site which provides the ability to do a script for a virtual knight (prize) game that takes place in a castle Diosgyori , near Miskolc. Then the music television editorial staff received an invitation to the Festival of folklore, music and dance in Miskolc, which is staged in the same, the medieval castle in Diosgyori . Finally, I found only a hundred kilometers from the site. Therefore, the direction of Miskolc and Diosgyori.
The first encounter with this city of nearly 230 thousand inhabitants, in the late afternoon, seemed confusing: most of the buildings and other urban elements from the period since 1950. To 1980. means in communist times. A lot of gray and uniformity. Besides some modern buildings on the periphery, that occurred after the nineties, Miskolc completely at first glance justifies its reputation as a regional center of heavy industry. Only when we entered the central Széchenyi street, and adjacent sections of this, the very basis of the historic habitat, unfortunately been demolished and incinerated in the continuity of the Tartars, Turks, Empire army, the Austrians and the Soviets, we felt the beauty and pomposity construction of the 18th and 19 century. The imposing Palace of the National Theatre, which is a separation of Cluj-Napoca from Hungary and his theater course became the oldest theater building in the country. We pass by Otto Herman Museum, there were then taking the Greek Orthodox Church, with the largest iconostas in Central Europe, and closer is and the Protestant church in the Gothic style. Everywhere extend dozens of residential and commercial style buildings, which despite preservation and Imposing, seem as exceptions to the map city where decades metallurgy was overriding.
For us, Bartok's opera festival guests, the hosts organized and daily trips to the surroundings. We were first, all until late afternoon, the resort Miskolc. It's The Cave Bath, a thermal bath in a natural cave. The thermal water is reputed to reduce joint pain, and since it has a lower salt content than most thermal Waters. People can bathe in it for much longer, practically an unlimited number of time, as our theater company made good use of. Along the way we learn that the cave and the thermal spring have been known since ancient times, but Tapolca became a popular bathing place only after the Ottoman occupation of Hungary (16th-17th century).
Our hosts took us for the next week, they took a beautiful trip to Lillafüred, a village 12 km from Miskolc. It was a memorable time in the Bükk Mountains. When we arrived near the picnic, we had to see what the - suddenly we found in a forest setting, which more resembled Switzerland and Austria. We first visited the Hanging Gardens, which are below the hotel, between the streams and Szinva Garadna. The highest waterfall - with its 20 meters height - in Hungary can be found here. The waterfall itself is artificial, it would run normal under the cliff built by the water. The internal water tubes formed the Anna Cave at the bottom. Then followed a shorter route to the caves. There are three natural caves not far from the hotel: Anna Cave, with plant fossils preserved in limestone; István Cave, a large cave dripstone and Szeleta Cave, a cave where many Paleolithic relics were found. Half an hour moving through the cave near water and darkness as if we were transferred to another world. An exciting experience!
We had lunch at the Palace Hotel. A large park surrounded the hotel with rare plants. The famous hotel was designed by Kálmán Lux and was built between 1927 and 1930 in neo-Renaissance style. One of the restaurants of the hotel is a restaurant named after Renaissance King Matthias. Its stained glass windows show the Castles of historical Hungary. With an incredibly friendly waiter, as a main course we had a stew of wild boar. Gourmet dish we are "diluted" with Tokaj wine. In Miskolc we go back a very good mood, but in time for the evening's opera. Was performed Mozart's " Magic Flute."

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Pleasant natural environment, charming footpaths, which also can be walk-in with pram. I recommend for families the Anna and Stephen Cave, the waterfall and the small train. Near the railway station you can eat “pisztrang” (trout) fish with fries. Lillafured is fabulous also in winter, sliding on the frozen Lake Hamori is a great experience, in the bars are offered hot tea and mulled wine.

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Bukk mountains (national park) are vast area; we missed the narrow gauge forest train (Lillafured-Gradna) while we visited Szt. Istvan cave. We walked beside the lake Hamori and after a half way to Gradna, we took a bus to Gradna.
This lakeside path was really nice and quiet; we were sure that we could see more nature than in a train for this side line.

We followed one of the trail signs, the sign disappered after a while; however, we came to a view point somehow. The trail was not too strenuous, though at one point we had a hard time to cross the huge tree blocking the path.

Since there is a good bus connection, more clear trail map/sign is helpful for visitors.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Enjoyed the environs of the Palace Hotel, the woods and the lake. A very peaceful place. Would like to go back and explore the surrounding Bukk forested area more.

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We were in Budapest and wanted to see some nature in Hungary. I heard about the little train from Miskolc to Lillafured and started to read the reviews. "Amazing", "wild nature": well, when I think of amazing wild nature, I think of Alaska, American natural parks, Australia. The place was nice, but NOT that beautiful. Nature is rather confined between roads and parkplaces and restaurant. You can visit the famous caves only if you speak Hungarian because you're allowed in only by guided tours, that start at each hour. The "famous" waterfall weren't there - at least this summer - beause there was a "problem" (we can't speak any hungarian and despite the people are very friendly and ready to help, we couldn't get any more about the waterfall). No wild animal at all. The only path along the river was a bit dirty, definitely not in the wild nature and by moments just near the road. The train to get there is lovely, though not signalled at all in Miskolc and our navigator didn't find "Dorottya Utca", where this fine and almost non existing station lies. Besides these are not mountains: just hills - and as hot as in Budapest.

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