Autumn weekends are perfect for a variety of programs, you just have to decide what type of activities you want to choose to recharge yourself. If you can’t decide, you’re at the best place for inspiration!
I always thought that wellness weekend is not for me! I prefer active weekends with hiking, climbing, cycling, and I usually get back to the booked accommodation only in the evening. However, over time fortunatelly I have realized that the sauna, the swimming pool, the massage, and other wellness services are the best after a challenging hike, or a cycling tour.
What is „Őrség”?
Őrség is a region in Western Hungary, at the so called Alpokalja, the literal translation is the “feet of the Alps”. This is where the lower hills of the not-so-distant Alps begins. Its highest point is 882 metres, but has a distinctive almost mountainous vegetation.
For a close-to-nature experience Őrség is the best choice in the fall.
The Őri Art Inn is a cosy, quiet and close-to-nature accommodation, where even deer can be seen at the end of the garden. You can sit outside on the terrace and watch the sunset and the spacious garden! It is a small, family-friendly accommodation that proves to be perfect for a quiet weekend escape.
There can be no complaints about the service and cleanliness. And you can relax your tired bones in the sauna and warm up a bit after the cooler autumn hikes.
The style is the same as we primarily look for this everywhere: spacious garden, quiet environment, kind welcoming hosts. The outdoor wooden tub with hot water, and the sauna make the rest perfect! Nothing equals a chilled evening, sitting in the hot water and listening to the noise of the nature.
If you want a larger pool and complete wellness comfort, the following hotels will serve all your needs:
A távolság miatt megéri úgy tervezni az utat, hogy több megálló is legyen benne, akár egy-egy éjszakát is máshol töltve.
Kányavári Island (Small-Balaton)
It’s worth heading down to the iconic little island with its beautiful wooden bridge. Although a lot of families choose this as their weekend destination, because of its rich fauna and birds, time passes quickly, and people are also scattered all around the island.
Walking along the Búbos-vöcsök educational trail, you can see and hear several birds, and the panorama is magnificent from the lookout. There is a playground for the little ones and wooden tables for the families, a great stop for a picnic.
Kápolnapuszta Buffalo Reserve, Fenyvespuszta mini Zoo
You can get really close to these animals usually kept around the house and the farm for different purposes. Kids are guaranteed to have fun. For adults, it’s more like an instant stress relief when you can caress a cow’s soft hair!
The Szalafő Bison Reserve its an interesting attraction for all ages, bison and small Eurasian wild horses can roam in a huge area here. They can be seen really close to the feeder, in the rest of the runway they go further away from the fence.
Built heritage and open-air museums
You can choose from castles, churches and forts: Egervár Castle also offers guided tours and accommodation. The beautiful castle with four-towers offers a glimpse into the early Renaissance world. The Iron Gate of Vasvár, although made of wood, invites you to a mysterious walk in the autumn forest and there is guaranteed to be no one.
The three most prominent monuments of religious heritage are the Pankaszi Belfry, the Church of the Holy Trinity in Velemér and the Reformed Church in Szentgyörgyvölgy.
The Pankaszi Belfry stands on a small hill next to the grazing cows. The wooden belfry was built in 1755 by the Reformed congregation, who, in the absence of funds, would not have been able to raise enough to build a church.
The Church of the Holy Trinity in Velemér it is well known in Hungary. It is nicknamed the temple of light, as the frescoes are lit by the sunlight directly on major religious days. Read more about the play of light and the temple by clicking here!
The Szentgyörgyvölgy Reformed Church is a beautiful building with a coffered ceiling. The decoration of the beautiful blue interior church hides a lot of messages for those who can decipher the codes and symbols, the summary helps in this. Click here for a detailed explanation of the secret of the cassettes.
Pityeszeri is the best known open-air museum and the largest in the area, but there are also several smaller and less busy ones nearby. My personal favourite is Oszkó cellar and open-air museum you can read about by clicking here. A more special experience is the Magyarszombatfa Pottery House, where the traditional house and occupations are presented during a guided tour.
Walks and hiking trails
I recommend two very interesting and relatively easy tours! The first is the Szőcei trail, which is easily walkable on foot. A wooden plank leads through the marsh, surrounded by flowers, mosses and a swamp! It’s also an interesting sight in the fall, especially when the fog settles on it.
The second is a longer but easy hike: head to the Triple Boundary Stone, where Slovenia, Austria and Hungary meet! Starting from Felsőszölnök, all you have to do is follow the Triple Border Trail to get to the junction of the three borders. The road is clearly visible, and if you’re lucky, you can meet herds of deer crossing the road!
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