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Taste of Hungary - 5 day farm visit, a real AgroTourism experience

AgroTourism is a fast growing activity in the country. Since Hungary is an EU member, farmers from EU countries might be interested to see, how their Hungarian friends are doing, what is the real situation in the Hungarian agriculture. Well, you can take advantage of the invitation of AgroTourism Team and enjoy Hungarian farmers' hospitality, cottage accommodation, food, wine, eco-tourism, meeting with farmers and many more. Look at the following suggestion:

Day 1: Arrival (by air or bus, or even by car)

Visit the Hungarian Agricultural Museum: The biggest agricultural museum of Europe was founded in the Vajdahunyad Castle of the City Park, Budapest. The building itself is unique; too, for its architect Ignác Alpár (his statue is seen on the way leading to the entrance) merged various styles by using single parts of significant buildings found in Hungary at the time. The building had originally been built for the Millennium Exhibition and has given place for the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture (founded in 1896) since 1897. The building is divided into three different parts - Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance-Baroque elements. Opposite to the lake-entrance there is a statue of the famous notary public (Anonymus) of Béla 3rd, made by sculptor.

Our ancestors arrived to the Carpathean basin at the end of the 9th century as a people dealing with land cultivation and animal husbandry. We can infer to to their farming and daily life through relics found on archaeological excavations.

Travel to Kozard, Nograd county: Kozard is lovely small village with less than 300 inhabitants, at the Cserhat mountains, just 80 km North/North-East from Budapest. The village is first mentioned in the 14th century. In the past, the area was famous fruit and wine producer, but nowdays vinyards are abandoned. However, new agri-enterpreneurs are redeveloping fruit plantations as well as "green food and livestock production". The new orientation is village/agro-and eco-tourism, and participation in fruit handling.

Accommodation in Village Houses: Csipkehaz, Sunshine House, Wildflower Guestrooms, Kodak House, Kozard Recently renovated private houses, bringing back traditional village family house construction style, but equipped with all comfort for tourists. The project is one of the prize-winner of the regional development authority.

Traditional Hungarian Dinner 

Day 2:

Visit Agroservice Ltd., Primagro Bio-Agriculture Inc. and AgroKozard Farmers’ Cooperative. Cereal, oilseed and fodder production, Fruit project, Mangalica indigenous pig farm (national in-situ breed conservation site). Presentation about the Hungarian Agriculture, Integrated Rural Development programme and field trip. Documentation and presentation in English

Meeting with the Major of Kozard village. Village development plan, discussions. (Please bring introductory materials from your area, villages, farms etc.) Lunch in a local pub (snack)

Visit Holloko traditional North-Hungarian village, UNESCO World Heritage. Visit nearby sheep farmers in Bokor, tasting their local home-made sheep cheese - if time permits only

Visit local goat farmer in Felsotold, tasting local goat cheese and Hungarian wine. Semi-hard goat cheese Ripened, semi-hard, "natur" goat cheese

Dinner with local farmers, veterinary doctor, horticulture manager

Day 3:

Meeting with the Regional Agricultural Extension Service and the Regional Development Authority. Visit large scale pig farm and private slaughterhouse in Paszto. 

Pub lunch. Visit a successful private company constructing cold storages in Hungary. Hungarian gastronomy: Dinner and wine tasting in Kozard.

Day 4:

Visit the Agricultural High School Gyongyos. The idea of establishing agricultural educational institution in Gyöngyös initially was developed more than a century ago. In 1871, the leaders of the Gyöngyös Municipal Association developed the notion of a local university for viticulture and wine growing in Gyöngyös. The Emperor of the Austrian and Hungarian Empire, however, did not support the notion. Therefore, the university was not developed at that time. At the same time, the idea had been given birth and would emerge again when conditions were more favorable.....

Pub lunch. Visit the historical Eger city, which heroically stopped the Turkish Army in the 16th century. Visit Bulls Blood wine cellars in Eger area. Dinner in a traditional wine cellar (Hungarian food and wine)

Return to Kozard

Day 5:

Visit: Beef Cattle Farm in Hollokö, Meeting and consultation with the Director of TauroTrade Ltd., a cattle trading company.

Farm lunch. Travel to Budapest

Day 6: Enjoy Budapest. Suggested program: Medical/thermal spa, sight seeing, cultural events, galleries, good restaurants, walk along the Danube and many more.

Day 7: Enjoy Budapest. Departure

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Beef Farm Study Tour, Hungary

Day 1

Arrival to Budapest

Transfer to Hotel in Downtown

1.      Sight seeing in Budapest by bus

2.      Welcome and Orientation session: Hungarian agriculture, livestock sector, beef production. (Alternatively: visit at the Hungarian Agricultural Museum, the first in the Continent)

Dinner: Budapest with folk music

 Day 2:

3.      Travel to Trans-Danubia (West Hungary):  Limousin Beef Cattle Farm

4.      Visit the Belgian Blue Beef Cattle Herd.

Lunch: Restaurant at the Balaton Lake with superb Badacsony Wines

5.      Hungarian Grey Cattle Farm  Alternatively: Angus Beef Farm;

Dinner: Regional Fish Restaurant,

Return to Budapest

Accommodation: Budapest,

Day 3:

6.      Early morning: Travel to South Hungary: Quick stop in a Charolais Beef Cattle Farm .

7.     Lunch: Traditional Hungarian Farmers’hospitality

Accommodation: in a local Hotel, or in a Spa Hotel, Gyula. Medical Spa programme

Dinner: in a regional fish restaurant

 Day 4:

8.      Travel to the Puszta: Hortobágy National Park: Hungarian Grey Cattle (and other Hungarian indigenous breeds: buffalo, mangalica pig, horses)

Lunch: Hortobagyi csarda, special Hungarian food for cattle heardsmen

9.      Visit Beef Cattle Farm

Dinner: Eger, (alternatively: Tokaj Vine Cellars)

Accommodation: Eger

Day 5:

10. Visit: Beef Cattle Farm

Lunch in a regional restaurant

Travel to Ferihegy Airport

Departure from Hungary:

 

 

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Dairy and Beef Farms in Hungary

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