DANUBE-DRAVA NATIONAL PARK
The beautiful Danube-Drava National Park extends south to the point at which the two rivers merge before they leave Hungary. As you drift downstream along the Danube, you can enjoy the wooded flood plains, the Gemenc narrow-gauge railway, the Nyék Danube backwater and Mohács, the site of Hungary’s crushing defeat at the hands of the Turks in 1526. Along the left shore of the River Drava, the Barcs juniper plantation, the green pastures of Dravaszentes meadow and Babócsa lie in wait. Add to that red deer carrying trophies hunters travel from all over the world to track, the re-introduced European beaver, protected osprey and black storks, this is a veritable Garden of Eden. The national park also contains connected wooded flood plains, backwaters and ox-bow lakes that are among the largest in Europe.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Life on the Flood Plains Exhibition (Gemenc-Bárányfok)
This exhibition contains dioramas and contemporary photographs of the region’s natural and cultural history, including a selection of tools and artefacts typical of the Danube flood plain. Wildlife and habitats that are normally hidden from humans are revealed, and the long-lost craft of the local people can be revisited.
You can also participate in one of our educational courses, tailor-made on request.
Abaliget Medicinal Cave
One of the best-known and most popular sights in the Mecsek Hills – long ago, the forms carved out by the process of erosion were listed among the hundred wonders of the world. The cave air is used to treat you sufferers of respiratory problems and allergies.
Bat Museum (Abaliget)
This unique thematic museum spectacularly yet authentically illustrates the mystic life of bats. Learn about the tools used in bat research and their main habitats and migratory routes.
Historic Memorial Site (Mohács - Sátorhely)
This historic monument is on the site of the disastrous Battle of Mohács (1526) where more than 15,000 Hungarian soldiers lost their lives. In addition to the wooden crosses on their tombs, there is a reconstruction of the battle.
Kölkedi Nagyrét (Great Pasture) and the White Stork Museum
Leaving Mohács by boat, you can visit one of Hungary’s largest flood plains, the Great Kölked Pasture. A guided tour will reveal the living world of the flood plain and provide a glimpse into traditional farming and the local way of life.
Taplós-Góga Exhibition Sector (Gemenc)
A chance to meet and talk to people employed in the traditional tasks of farming and maintaining the flood plain, including fishing, bee-keeping and keeping orchards, and to get almost within touching distance of grazing Hungarian grey cattle, the Hungarian racka sheep and traditional breeds of poultry.
Pintér Gardens Arboretum and Education Centre (Pécs)
Accompanied by beautiful birdsong and the bright colours and irresistible scent of the flowers, the panorama will take your breath away. Our education centre offers events tailored to your requirements – including explanations of the local habitat and biology, tagging of birds, slideshows, films and fieldwork.
Dravaszentes Education and Exhibition Centre
The newly built visitors’ centre houses an exhibition room for 80 persons, a restaurant and buffet and a 13 metre observation tower.
Events: Viewing of traditional Hungarian breeds (grey cattle and racka sheep), birdwatching, a boat trip on the Drava or a visit to the Barcs Juniper Plantation.
Natural History Education Centre (Dravatamási)
Is clear water really clear? Where is the source of the Drava, and where does it end up? What does a flood plain woodland look like? The answers to these and many other questions are all revealed when you join in with the field activities of the education centre. These events include boat trips, summer camps, hiking and bicycle tours to nearby Barcs and the Ormánság.
Malomtelelő and Bárányfok Study Trails
A short ride on a narrow-gauge railway, a little bit of walking and before long, you will know practically everything about the changes to the bed of the Danube, the floating mills and floodplain forestry. The trail begins the Malomtelelő station of the Gemenc narrow gauge railway and is 1.5 kilometres long. The Bárányfok trail, also approachable by car, is a pleasant walk and a provides a glimpse of the point at which the low and high floodplains meet, the water habitat, past and present forms of farming and the preservation work of the national park.
The Nyék Danube Backwater
The trail starts at the weir-keeper’s cottage at the Pörböly terminus of the narrow gauge railway, and presents the living world of the Danube flood plain and backwaters – with the help of an observation tower.
Pandúr Island (Baja)
The trail can be approached on foot or by bicycle by turning right from the bridge over the Ferenc Canal as you travelling from Baja to Szeremle. The island’s embankment is a great place to get to know the living world of the Danube backwaters.
Barcs Juniper Study Trail
The Barcs Juniper Trail in the Darány Woodland Park can be visited free of charge at any time. The 2 kilometre route can be approached on the A6 main road between Darány and Barcs, next to the car park and picnic area. The national park’s flock of racka sheep also grazes in the juniper plantation.
Drava Information Boards
The boards at the Vízvár and Heresznye boat tour campsites provide information about sights along the banks of the Drava. The boards in the Vízvár region introduce you to the living world of the River Drava and the wooded floodplain, and you can discover the natural treasures of the characteristically undercut banks of the Drava. Both locations are within half-an-hour’s walk of the two towns.
A large notice board alongside the 3 kilometre cycle or footpath leading away from the town provides information on the history and living world of the Dravaszentes meadow. The route comes to an end at the bird-watchers’ tower at the wetland habitat formed by the floodplain of the Rinya stream.
Szentmihály Hill – Banks of the Drava
From Belezna railway station, follow the red signs through the wonderful Őrtilos hills. In clear weather, you will be able to see the towns and villages on the Croatian side of the River Drava. The tourist route crosses the trail leading to Szentmihály Hill.
Babócsa, Mérus Woods and Erzsébet Island
Leaving the railway station along the marked route, you can first encounter the wetland habitat alongside the Mérus Woods and then study the area’s avian world from a birdwatching tower. Further on, an information board on the Drava’s Erzsébet Island displays the plant and animal life of the wooded floodplain. The area can be visited free of charge at any time.
A different view of Gemenc
Groups have a unique opportunity to discover the Gemenc flood plain by registering for guided trips by bicycle, horse and cart, forest railway, canoe or boat. A picnic of regional dishes can also be arranged on the flood plain.
Photographic Tours in the Gemenc
Tours for both professional and amateur photographers with a trained national park guide. Travel to a variety of hides by motorboat or jeep and put your skills to the test and capture the diverse natural world of the Gemenc.
The Flood Plain by Bicycle
The network of paths is closed off to motorised vehicles, leaving cyclists to explore the Gemenc and Béda-Karapancsa region in peace. Almost all of the embankments of the Sió and the Danube, as well as with the byways of the national park, are navigable by bicycle. Bicycles can be transported by train as far as Pörböly, Baja or Szekszárd and can be accommodated on the Gemenc woodland railway.
Duna-Dráva National Park Directorate
Cím: 7625 Pécs, Tettye tér 9., 7602 Pécs, Pf. 312.
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