Tired of the hustle and bustle of Budapest? Are you in the mood to take a road trip by car? Travel to some of the smallest Hungarian towns! The population of some of them barely reaches two thousand. Our article will help you discover more about them. Follow below and pinpoint the destination for your next weekend trip!
An article by Femina writes about towns that might as well be considered villages. This is because, before 2015, villages with fewer than ten thousand inhabitants could earn the title of town. If they met certain other criteria, that is. Tourists soon stumbled upon towns with barely one or two thousand people living there. Hidden in the rough, however, lay some of the most delightful settlements. They will surely captivate you with their attractions!
Starting off the list is Hungary’s smallest town, Pálháza. Founded in around the fourteenth century, Pálháza now boasts only a little over one thousand inhabitants. It is found in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, belonging to the Hegyköz region. The tiny settlement gained its township in 2005. The town offers great excursion opportunities, serving as one reason it was put on the map. Take a ride on the Pálháza State Forest Railway to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the area. The train runs between Pálháza and Rostalló stations. In between, you will have the chance to see the wonders of the Zemplén Landscape Protection Area.
Among the most visited stations is Kókapu. This is where the hunting lodge of the late Miklós Horthy and István Bethlen is situated. Explore the tranquil lakefront of Áfonyás lake once you’re done travelling around the castle!
Well known for being the capital of Őrség, this small town is right at the tail end of Vas county. According to the latest findings, this town boasts a population of around 1200 people. Őriszentpéter serves as a cornerstone for the surrounding settlements. For example, the offices and visitor centre of the Őrség National Park Directorate and the Tourinform office are both here. If you visit, a must-see destination is the Romanesque Catholic church of St. Peter. The single-nave building is adorned with a lined doorway and inside are the remaining fragments of 17th-century frescoes.
Behind the Reformed Church, on Saturdays and Wednesdays is a farmers’ market. Make sure to pick up some local delicacies while you’re there! From meats and cheeses to pumpkin seed oil, you’ll surely find something that suits your liking.
Gönc is one of the least talked about towns in all of Hungary. What people fail to realise is just how important it was historically. Housing a little over two thousand residents, Gönc is home to some quality apricot pálinka.
Walking around on the streets will take us back in time. A landmark of the town is the Huszita house, in which we find the Gönc barrel. It became an industry standard of measurement in winemaking. During the Reformation period of Hungary, Gáspár Károli translated and preached from the Bible on the grounds of Gönc. Visit the museum in his name, where you may find the Bible exhibition as well.
Source: femina.hu, palhaza.hu, gonc.hu, oriszentpeter.hu, Wikipedia