High on our wishlist was the visit to the Stud of Mata, the Horse Breeding Centre. Yes, this is the place where you can admire the famous horses of the puszta. Lots of activities going on here: you can visit the stables, join a horse-drawn carriage drive or see a spectacular show where the horses perform all kinds of tricks. The first activity is free, the other two are not. Ingrid and I wanted to see the horses in their “natural” state and the carriages are overcrowded in the tourist season, which is not our cup of tea.
When we parked the car, we saw a beautiful horse, which we immediately nicknamed The Brown Lady. A brother and his sister tried feeding her and we showed them how to put the food in their hands. The trick worked and the children were ecstatic. The Brown Lady herself was very interested in Ingrid’s camera, which made photographing her a bit of a challenge.
Luckily, Ingrid also managed to make a short clip of her.
We admired some other beauties as well:
Ingrid and I visited the National Park in August 2014; it can be very hot (35°C and more), so if you want to cool down head towards the villages around the river Tisza:
The Hungarian puszta… I had heard about it and Ingrid had seen it in movies. It was about time to see it in reality.
After our stay in Poland, we drove to the city of Debrecen.
Quite a beautiful, cozy place, not far from the National Park…
If you are a follower of this website, you know that we both like to visit the national park in the south of Langeland with its wild horses. It’s free and you can drive wherever and whenever you want. We thought we could do the same on the puszta, but we were so mistaken…
The best thing to do is to go to the visitor center. It’s right in the heart of Hortobagy, so it is easy to find. There you will discover that the National Park consists of different sites, devoted to culture, history or nature. Some of them are free, others are not. The rule is very simple: the more interesting the site, the more you have to pay. To make things more complicated: there are sites where you have to pay cash and others where you can use your bank and/or credit card. Want to see the wildlife from very close? You have to pay extra. Want an English speaking guide, you pay even more.
Ingrid and I went to go to the Rare Breeds Park. You already get an idea of how the puszta looks like and you see familiar animals like wild horses and cows.
And less familiar species like for example woolly pigs…
The park is open from spring to autumn; in the other seasons, you need a special permit. You have to pay a small fee to get in and it’s cash only (which we didn’t know, so we got in for free!).
We are referring to a huge thermal lake – one of the biggest of the world – surrounded by cozy pavilions. Lars and I have been here before, but we never took pictures. The place is open the whole year around. Finding it is easy, go to the center of town and just follow the masses of people heading towards it.
You can find more information about Heviz and all the places that we visited in the local tourist information office: Rákóczi str. 2. Open all year, from Monday to Saturday, during summer also on Sunday.