Palkonya - Villánykövesd - Nagyharsány - Danube-Drava National Park


The one-street, 350-habitant village in south Baranya still preserves the architectural culture of the 18th century vine-grovers. The valueable monument of the village is the cellar row (53 cellars!) covering the hill at the end of the village. The half of the houses is monument. The red dome catholic church – which can be seen from far away – is a nice example of the Hungarian round-churches.


Its main sight is the tourists’ favourite place, often pictured theme of artists and photographers: the three-level cellar-village. The monumental cellar-row is one of the most spectacular monument of the country. It shows how signigifant viticulture and winemaking as been done in the area. The characteristic colourful gates of the houses are open all year round in front of the visitors who may look at the actual steps of winemaking and its equipments, may taste the wine praising the masters and the nature. Looking down from the upper cellar row the 2-acre park view with the children’s play ground offers its nice view.


The open quarry full of non-figurative statues gives us an impressive view. From 1967 sculptors have created in the deserted quarry whose experimental intent went beyond the public space sculpture possibilities of the era. The group of the monuments received heritage protection in 2009. The created works almost come to life in the widest gallery under the sky. The statue park became real home for the artifacts. Most of the nearly 130 statues are non-figurative: desolated blocks, twisted pillars, strange idols, stones reminding us for toys of titans. Some received its name from visitors, like the Venus of Villány, or the Egg of Columbus or the Memory. The background of the statues is given by the steep upper-jurassic limestone cliff walls of the park.


The Drava-region offers quite wide varieties for those who actively wish to spend their free time: nature trails, bike routes, water trails. The river with the clearest water of the country bends in its natural bed unregulated. Its unpertubed floodplain wildlife is extremely rich; it is the meeting point of thousands of waterfowls during autumn and spring but especially in winter. Three-quarter of the country’s fish species can be found in its main branch and its tributaries. The Danube-Drava National Park has ensured the preservation and publicity of the natural values since 1996. The eastern section of the river Drava starts about 10 kms from Harkány, where the most valueable part of the National Park, the Cún-Szaporca backwater lies. Ask professional experts, tour leaders to help you exploring the Park.

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