THE KISKUNSÁG NATIONAL PARK
The Kiskunság National Park extends across the most important nature areas between the Danube and Tisza rivers, including the Danube Plain, Homokhátság and the Tisza Valley. It consists of nine individual territories over a total area of 53,000 hectares, much of which are saline plains and sandy lowlands. Water habitats include salt lakes, the backwaters of the Tisza and a series of bogs and marshes. The unique face of the Kiskunság landscape is a combination of lonely farms, animal husbandry and agricultural tradition, closely allied to the natural world. All this can by discovered by following the network of trails in protected areas open to the public.
Exhibition Centre of the Kiskunság National Park Management
The Nature House (Liszt Ferenc utca 19, Kecskemét)
The exhibition in the building introduces the characteristic habitats of the Kiskunság National Park, and those of Hungary’s National Parks in general. It also provides information on events in the National Park and conditions of visiting. You can also join nature circles, participate in group events and attend lectures, as well as purchasing educational material and tourist publications.
Open all year round, 9 am to 16 pm from Tuesday to Friday and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays.
Tel.: +36 76 500 068 , +36 76 501 596 or +36 76 482 611 .
Bugacpuszta, Shepherd Museum
Visit this exhibition of the Bugac shepherding life and the region’s living world.
The shepherd huts, old Hungarian domestic animals and farmhouses reflect the traditional farming methods of the Kiskunság.
Open 10 am to 5 pm, May 1 to October 31.
Tel.: +36 76 372 688 .
Kunszentmiklós Virágh Manor, Local History Collection (Kossuth Lajos Street 1/a, Kunszentmiklós)
Virágh Manor is situated in the town of Kunszentmiklós at the heart of the Upper Kiskunság,. Inside this home of minor noblemen you will find a natural history exhibition and relics of the rich spiritual and material world of the people of the Kiskunság, as well as documents related to revolutionary poet Sándor Petőfi Sándor.
Open to the public from 10 am to 2 pm Tuesday to Sunday from May 1 to August 31, from 10 am to 2 pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from September 1 to October 31 and from March 1 to April 30.
Tel.: +36 76 351 271
Árpád–Era Reconstructed Village (Szent István utca 1, Tiszaalpár)
What was the everyday life of the ordinary person like during the time of the Árpád dynasty, over 1,000 years ago? What were the interiors of the pit-houses – half submerged in the ground and with their reed thatch or earth roofs – really like? How were animals kept and reared? The Tiszaalpár reconstructed Árpád Era village, in which every building, implement and functional object is based upon archaeological finds from the era, provides answers to all these questions.
Open 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday from April 1 to October 31.
Kiskunság Bird Watch – Kolon Lake (Izsák)
This is the headquarters of Kiskunság ornithological research. From July to November, it is the site of an ongoing tagging programme. Bird-watching camps and guided bird tours are jointly organised by the National Park and the Kiskunság Society for the Protection of Birds, but you must register with them in advance to participate.
The site can be accessed on foot or by bicycle, following the yellow line markings from the railway station in Izsák.
Fehér-tó Exhibition and Observation Tower (Szeged)
The Fehér-tó (literally “white lake”) research station exhibition introduces the bird world of Szeged’s Fehér-tó and is open to the public by prior arrangement.
Turn off at the 157 kilometre sign on Highway E 75 and take a left at the stone track at the Szatymaz cemetery.
Tel. +36 62 498 058 .
Aqua Colun Study Trail (Izsák, Kolon lake)
This 3.5 kilometre trail along the edge of the reed bed begins at the Izsák sports ground above the railway station and enables you to explore the living world around Lake Kolon. The observation tower at the end of the trail is an ideal spot for watching the birds flying over the reeds. Trail quiz leaflets can be obtained from the Nature House.
Prince Árpád Trail (Tiszaalpár)
Learn about Tiszaalpár’s unique cultural history and the rich plant and animal life of the Tisza along this 3 kilometre route.
The trail starts at Árpád tér, in the centre of the village.
Tel.: +36 76 424 133 .
Báránypirosító Trail (Fülöpháza sand dunes)
The sand dunes of Fülöpháza are the most interesting sandy region in Central Europe, visitors can’t fail to be fascinated by the effect of the wind in shaping the countryside. The 1.5 kilometre trail from the woodland school explores the area’s unusual geological, botanical and zoological characteristics.
Access via the education centre car park at the 20 kilometre marker on the 52 road.
Boróka Trail (Bugac)
The 2 kilometre hike takes you from the Hittanya stop on the narrow gauge railway to the Shepherd Museum. Information boards welcome visitors to one of the Hungary’s most famous plains, its living world and traditions of animal husbandry.
Access via the 54 road or the narrow gauge railway from Kecskemét.
Cankó Trail (Upper Kiskunság Lakes and Kelemen-szék)
Learn about the interesting plants and animals inhabiting the salt lakes, as well as a unique underwater world of bacteria and algae as you follow this 1 kilometre trail. Visitors can obtain a trail leaflet at the Nature House.
The trail is open to the public by prior arrangement.
Access from road 52, near Fülöpszállás.
Woodland Trail (Bugac)
This 3 kilometre trail through the Nagybugac Woods compares indigenous plant life to the habitat created by man. The lookout tower by the side of the trail provides beautiful views of the Ősborókás forest.
Access via the 54 road or the narrow gauge railway from Kecskemét.
Földvár Trail (Tiszaalpár)
The trail, near Church Hill (Templomdomb) in Tiszaalpár, illustrates the way of life of Bronze Age man and charts the history of Bronze Age earthworks, as well as revealing a wonderful panorama of the Alpár meadowland from atop the earth fortress.
Phone number: +36 76 424 133
Kontyvirág Trail (Szikra and the Alpár meadowland – Tőserdő)
Follow the loop of this 3.5 kilometre trail punctuated by information boards and marked with yellow semicircles to learn more about the region’s backwaters and floodplain woodland. The trail starts at the Szikrai-Holt bridge over the Tisza. The Tőserdő recreation area can be approached by train and via the 44 road from Kecskemét.
Kékmoszat Trail (Dunapataj – Lake Szelid)
This 2.4 km trail plots the creation of Lake Szelid, illustrates the unique qualities of the lake’s water and showcases the various species living in and around it. Accessible from Dunapataj by car or bicycle, the trail begins at Szittyó tér in the resort village.
Kosbor Trail (Kunadacs)
Take this 1.8 kilometre trail and learn about the Turján area’s world of bogs and marshes, man’s role in changing the landscape and the region's rare plant life. Accessible from the road between Kunszentmiklós and Kerekegyháza, around 3 kilometres from Kunadacs.
Poszáta Trail (Lake Kolon, Izsák)
Find out about life among the reeds and the tradition of reed farming as you walk this 2 kilometre trail, which has a helpful accompanying leaflet available from the Nature House. Open to the public by prior arrangement and approachable from the Izsák railway station along approximately 6 kilometres of dirt track.
Pimpó Trail (Orgovány)
On this 2.4 kilometre trail, walkers can discover the wildlife of the canal and sandy areas around it, as well as the sights of the Csíra-szék salt marsh. The trail begins around 2 kilometres from the centre of Orgovány and is connected to the Rekettye Trail by the track marked by a red square.
Réce Trail (Upper Kiskunság Puszta – Apaj)
This 1 kilometre trail introduces the birds of the salt plains and reed beds. Hides are positioned at either end of the trail, which can be accessed from Apaj, on the road between Kunpeszér and Bugyi.
Rekettye Trail (Ágasegyháza)
This 2.3 kilometre trail illustrates the geological development and living world of the Orgovány meadows, as well as the farmsteads typical of the area. You will find a lookout tower at the end of the trail, which can be approached via the walking route – marked by a red line – through Ágasegyháza. It starts from the shop at Sándortelep, 4.7 kilometres from the centre of the village.
Sirály Trail (Szatymaz)
This 2 kilometre trail retraces the history of Szeged’s Fehér-tó and its rich bird world. The lookout tower at the third stop-off point provides fabulous views of Korom Island, which is always teeming with seagulls. The Tisza Valley Exhibition House is the departure point for the trail.
Vöcsök Trail (Lake Péteri)
This 4 kilometre trail provides a glimpse into the plant and animal habitats of the fishing lakes and woodlands. A leaflet, available at the Nature House, will help you on your way. Approachable from the E 75 (No. 5) main road. The national park’s research station is the trail’s first resting place.
Vörös-mocsár Trail (Vörös Mocsár Conservation Area - Császártöltés)
Visitors following this 2 kilometre trail will be able to observe the characteristic wildlife of this peat bog and the bird world of the loess banks at close quarters. The trail starts at the Csala Inn in Császártöltés, at the 68 kilometre marker on the number 54 road, and finishes at the Császártöltés disused brickworks.
Kiskunsági National Park Directorate
Adress: H-6001 Kecskemét, Liszt Ferenc street 19.
Telefon: +36-76/482-611 , +36-76/500-068 I fax: +36-76/481-074 I E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
6000, Kecskemét, Kossuth tér 1.
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6090, Kunszentmiklós, Kossuth Lajos u. 1/a.
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