Between two great rivers – naturally – the Kiskunság National Park
The mosaic patterned national park, consisting of nine individual units safeguards the most characteristic natural lands between the Rivers Tisza and Danube. Its habitats are salt lakes, salt plains, bogs and marshes, and the backwaters of River Tisza. Traditional farming methods, cattle reared in the open air, traditional agricultural heritage together with the natural landscapes provide the unique image of the Kiskunság.
Did you know...
• The biggest population of great bustard in Hungary lives on the salt plains of Kiskunság?
• The salt lakes located between the rivers Tisza and Danube are an internationally acknowledged resting areas for several goose, duck and shorebird species?
Visitor and education centres:
Nature House (Kecskemét, Liszt F. utca 19; Tel.: 76/501-596, 501-594) – exhibitions about the history of nature conservation in Hungary, the Hungarian National Parks and about the plant and wildlife in the land lying between the Rivers Danube and Tisza, permanent exhibition about traditional handcrafts, temporary exhibitions, natural history programmes, group activities and lectures.
1st March to 31st October Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1st November to 29th February Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday by appointment.
Reconstructed village from the age of Árpád
(Tiszaalpár, Szent István u. 1; Tel.: 76/424-133) – faithfully reconstructed village with materials and according to techniques common in the middle part of the age of Chief Árpád. Open: Reconstructed village from the age of Árpád: 1st May to 31st October Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bugac Puszta- indigenous Hungarian domestic and farm animal, horse shows performed by the horse-herders of Bugac recalling the onetime atmosphere of the Puszta; sign-posted hiking and nature trails. The Shepherd Museum offers an exhibition covering local plant and wildlife and the traditional lifestyle of the local shepherds.
Open: Shepherd Museum
1st May to 31st October: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Szikra and Alpár Meadow – picturesque backwaters of the River Tisza and adjoining gallery forests and fenwoods. The flora and fauna of the area resemble the times preceding the regulations of waterways. Recreational areas, swimming, angling, boat hire services are available. The “Kontyvirág “(Arum), the Árpád fejedelem and Földvár Nature Trails present the local natural and cultural history heritage.
Other demonstration sites within the operational area of the Directorate:
Geological Exposure Nature Conservation Area at Csólyospálos (Csólyospálos) – geological exposure demonstration site presenting lacustrian limestone, the typical formation of the natural lands between the rivers Danube and Tisza.
Open: all year
Hungarian Meadow Viper Conservation and Education Centre
(Kunbaracs, tel.: +36-20/314-3192, firstname.lastname@example.org) – a nature trail giving an insight into the habitats of the water, forest and meadows. Lectures about the viper and conservation, open air terrarium. Open: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment
Tisza Valley Exhibition Centre (Szatymaz, Tel.: +36-30/6380-297) – exhibition about the protected Lower Tisza area, and the Pusztaszer and Mártély Nature Reserves. The nearby lookout tower provides excellent bird watching over Fehértó (White Lake).
Open: 1st April to 15th November Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Virágh Manor Local History Collection
(Kunszentmiklós, Kossuth tér 1/B; Tel/fax: 76/351-271,
email@example.com) – exhibition covering local history, natural history and the rich plant and wildlife of the Puszta.
Open: 15th June to 31st August Monday-Friday :9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1st September to 14th June Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kontyvirág (Arum Lily) Open Air School
(Lakitelek-Tőserdő, Tel.: +36-30/475-9655) – accommodation up to 44 persons (2 and 6-bedded rooms with bathroom) in a winterised building and communal areas, open air school. Recommended mainly for groups, by appointment only.
Naprózsa Open Air School
(Fülöpháza, Tel.: 76/482-611/ extension 151) – accommodation up to 30 persons (2, 5 and 6 bedded rooms) in a winterised building, kitchenette, showers, laboratory and communal areas; open air school.