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EDEN – Explore Hungary's hidden treasure

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In 2006 the European Committee launched a project titled European Destinations of Excellence and meant to present the diversity of the European continent’s natural, cultural and intellectual heritage to the tourists. Let us show you the regions in Hungary picked by EDEN.

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Look-out tower of Írottkő

EDEN is an acronym (European Destinations of ExcelleNce) and simultaneously represents a friendly invitation and destination that reminds everyone of the primordial harmony of the world. In the framework of the tender, an excellent destination is chosen in each EU member state regarding a specific subject altered in every year. The successful presentation to the international audience and the growing popularity of the winners chosen during the recent years:

Őrség (2007)
The western borderland of Hungary with beautiful hiking routes and nice old villages representing the ancient Hungarian folk art.
More info: onp.nemzetipark.gov.hu

Hortobágy (2008)
Hortobágy is the largest continous natural grassland in Europe. The Nature Reserve of Hortobágy is known for its rich wild life, the grey cattle population, and traditional folk art and gastronomy.
More info: visit-hungary.com/hortobagy-national-park

Írottkő Nature Park (2009)
Also on the borderland between Austria and Hungary located the highest peak of Kőszeg Mountains, and also the largest in West Transdanubia. This protected area consist of 15 traditional villages, the Old House Peak, the Calvary Hill nad the Saint Vid Chapel beside Írottkő Peak and Kőszeg Mountains. This area is really beloved by hikers.
More info: www.naturpark.hu

Lake Tisza (2010)
This is the second largest lake in Hungary. This is an artificial lake made to give water supply for the plow fields, but became a large eco-system with rich wild life, and than a tourist attraction and active holiday destination.
More info: visit-hungary.com/lake-tisza

Mecsek Mountains (2011)
The Mountains of Mecsek located in the south-western part of Hungary, right above the city of Pécs. The region has been a tourist destination for more than 100 years for the 1000 old chapel of Pécsvárad Castle, for the 100 caves and for the unique landscapes all around.
More info: www.iranypecs.hu

We wish you pleasant touring and exciting discoveries!

EDEN on the European Comission's site: ec.europa.eu/eden
EDEN project official site (here you find promotion videos of every EDEN winner region): eden.itthon.hu
Wikipedia about EDEN: en.wikipedia.org