World Heritage Sites of Hungary

Europe - Editor - 05 March 2007

World Heritage Sites of Hungary

Hungary is a fascinating country with an intriguing history, fine natural habitats and exceptional cities. A land with a rich heritage, it is vital that important cultural and historical treasures are cared for so as to benefit future generations. UNESCO has declared certain sites of particular importance as World Heritage Sites. This ensures that such sites are preserved and promoted for tourism. Why not make a point of visiting these unique natural and man-made wonders of Hungary, they will certainly give you a deeper look into this country's captivating culture.

First we will list the world heritage sites of Hungary after which we will take a closer look at what they offer. It is strongly encouraged that visitors to the country visit these remarkable sites as they provide the perfect representation of the country's history and culture. Hungary's UNESCO World Heritage Sites are:

The Old Village of Hollókö as well as its surroundings
Budapest along with Andrássy Avenue, the Banks of the Danube and Buda Castle Quarter
Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma plus its surroundings
The Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst
Hortobágy National Park – the Puszta
Fertö/Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape
Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae)
Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape

Each of these marvelous Heritage Sites offers visitors to Hungary a very special experience, one that you will want to record on camera. The Old Village of Hollókö with its surroundings was declared a heritage site in 1987. This is a carefully preserved traditional settlement that was originally established back in the 1600s and 1700s. Here you can view what rural life was like before the arrival of the agricultural revolution. The World Heritage Site of Budapest including Andrássy Avenue, the Banks of the Danube and Buda Castle Quarter was inscribed on the list in 1987. Whilst exploring this site you will come across ancient remains from Aquincum, a Romancity, as well as Buda Castle in the Gothic design. This world-renowned urban area takes one on a journey through the history of Hungary's capital city. In 1996 the Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma along with its natural environment was declared a heritage site. Benedictine monks first settled in the locality back in 996 AD. They were responsible for establishing the first school in Hungary. These monks are also noted for having written the first ever document in the Hungarian language in the year 1055 AD. The progression of the monastery is particularly seen in the various architectural styles employed in the construction of the buildings. Visitors to this fine site will find that it is still home to a community of monks as well as a school.

Next on the list of Hungary's World Heritage Sites are the Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst, inscribed in 1995. These caves are considered a geological wonder with the influence of both glacial and tropical climatic effects. The site consists of some 712 caves. Hortobágy National Park boasts the cultural landscape of Puszta, a heritage site from 1999. This area consists chiefly of wetlands and plains where a pastoral society has been dwelling for over 2 000 years. In 2001 the Fertö/Neusiedler Cultural Landscape was added to the heritage site list. The terrain is diverse here and has resulted in a fascinating relationship between humans residing here and the environment over many millennia. Of particular interest are the rural villages and palaces dating back to the 1700s and 1800s. Another heritage site is the Early Christian Necropolis of Pecs, previously known as Sopianae, which was inscribed in 2000. Here visitors will discover ornate tombs dating back to the 4th century. These tombs are of architectural and artistic importance. Finally, there is the Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape, inscribed on the heritage site list in 2002. This fascinating region gives one amazing insight into the long history of wine production. As you explore the area you will encounter the stunning vineyards, farms, towns and wine cellars that have been involved in the production of amazing wines in Tokaj.

Be sure not to miss these exquisite historical and cultural sites when visiting Hungary.


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