The Southern Transdanubia is in the Southwestern part of Hungary, and in the following, we will present 6 of the spots from the area that nlcafe.hu argues that you must see either if you’re planning a trip or if you’re just passing by.
Villány Mountains – Siklós castle
At the feet of Villány Mountains on the southern side, stands on a tiny hill the Siklós castle. The castle is one of the most well-preserved ones in Hungary, with its image from the 18th century. It was first mentioned in 1294. Today, it is a museum, where you will find many interesting exhibitions, like a Renaissance furniture gallery, weapons from the middle ages and how the city looked like back then.
We’ve written about Gemenc before, as it is becoming more and more popular. The Gemenc forest is characteristic for its landscape, which is shaped by the water. The strongest influence on Central Europe’s biggest floodplain forest is the Danube, which nurtures and destroys simultaneously. You will see deer, wild boars, beavers, black storks, kingfishers, and some predators like eagles and jackals as well.
Mohács – Historical Monument
Mohács is situated on the most southern point of the shores of the Danube and is famous for the Busójárás during the February Carnival, but it’s a nice place to visit during the rest of the year as well. One of the things you should see if you’re there is the Mohács Historical Monument, which is a commemoration of the August 29, 1526 battle against the Turks. Tragically, the Hungarian forces were outmanned and destroyed. The first mass graves were found in 1975, and the monument was constructed in 1976, 450 years after the battle.
The wine region of Szekszárd
The wine yards are found at the most eastern point of the Szekszárd hills, where the hills and Sárköz meet. The area, which is suitable for cultivating grape, is about 6000 hectares. There are 14 other settlements considered a part of the wine region. The red wines here are full-bodied, high in tannic acid and alcohol. The most wide-known wine here is the Szekszárd Bull’s Blood, which is a blend of several different wines.
The Mosque of Pasha Qasim at Pécs
Pécs is the centre of the Transdanubian, rich in history, with a Mediterranean air to it. In the heart of the city, at Széchényi square, you will find the Mosque of Pasha Qasim, or as it is also called, the Downtown Candlemas Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the biggest Islamic architectural wonder in Hungary and one of Pécs’s symbols at the same time.
Hungarian Open Air Museum at Szenna
8 kilometres from Kaposvár, is where you’ll find Szenna and the open air museum at the heart of it. The Skansen is in the centre of a real village, the only one in Hungary. One of Somogy county’s most beautiful artworks is here, a Calvinistic church, built in 1785, in Folk-Baroque style. Its ceiling is painted and coffered, making it the gemstone of the county.