Szilvásvárad and neighborhood

Szilvásvárad lies 32 kilometers North of Eger, on the Western part of the Bükk Mountains. It’s height above sea-level is 345 meters. This little mountain-village - which has very long past - is situated in wonderful surroundings. It is a well-known international holiday resort and it’s Szalajka-valley is part of the National Park of Bükk Mountains, nature conservation area. Main sights: the picturescque Szalajka-valley, Veil-waterfall, Rock-spring, Open-air Museum which is unique in Europe, a Game Preserve, Caveman’s Cave, Stock farm of trouts, Fish Lakes, Narrow-gauge Railway. In the village - which has about 2.800 inhabitants - the world-famous Lipican stud are bred. The Lipican horses have a 500-year-long history. In whole year colourful programs are tempting here the longers for some relaxation, sport, amusement and ones who simply wish to have an excursion. Horse programs, shows, carriage trips make complete the fun facilities. The lovers of horse-riding have a chance to discover the country-side on horseback, while children can ride on a pony. For the winter sledge tour warm clothing is suggested! This place is a paradise of nature-lovers also. You can get yourself familiar with the nature, the local culture, handicrafts and the tradition of horse-breeding in interesting special museums. Apart from the horse-sport, one can try the near ski courses (with lifts and lighting), mountain-bikes, cave-tour, rock-climbing, archery and a mountain tour with a qualified guide. In every year several-day horse festivals attract thousands of people here. A “new tradition” in the village is the grape harvest festival in autumn.

The Szalajka Valley is one the most stunning mountain valleys in the Bükk Hills and indeed in Hungary. The countryside here is simply overwhelmingly beautiful, but there is also plentiful historical heritage too.

The Szalajka Stream, the Rock Spring (Sziklaforrás), Veil Waterfall, and the forest study trail are amongst the natural treasures here. Places of historical interest include the Istállóskő Cave where prehistoric findings of cavemen were discovered, the Open-air Forestry Museum which evokes the industrial life of the area, Mary's iron mine (Mária-vasbánya), and the nearby historical castle ruins of Éleskővár and Gerennavár.

Veil Waterfall (Fátyol-vízesés), Szilvásvárad

The travertine steps of the spectacularly beautiful Veil Waterfall (Fátyol-vízesés) were created by nature as the limestone deposit gradually covered the water plants and the roots of the trees, turning them into stone.

The precipitation falling on the water catchment area of the Bükk Plateau (Bükk-fennsík) disappears in sinkholes, also called dolina. As the water absorbs carbon dioxide from the air it creates carbonic acid which first dissolves the limestone. When it reaches the surface again it deposits the limestone crystals forming calcareous tufa dams, or travertine. The dissolved limestone then covers the steps as a transparent veil, forming ever more terraces and steps.

More sites about Szilvásvárad:

Légifotók Szilváváradról
Szilvásvárad a Wikipédiában

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