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Danube-Drava National Park directorate

Category: Nature | Date: 21.07.2014.

The directorate of the Danube-Drava National Park offer many programs for lovers of nature in Pécs too. Those who are interested can choose from guided walks, tours, lectures and can learn about the special atmosphere of Tettye Lime Tuff caves. For the groups of younger age there are a number of interesting nature study activities in Tettye Education Center.

Pintér-Garden Arboretum

The arboretum was named after János Pintér a retired bank clerk in Pécs who started the installation of the plants in the 1920s. Today, the combination of original communities and of ornamental species makes up the vegetation of the garden. In the well-kept botanical garden in all seasons with the help of meaningful professional guides visitors can get acquainted with the number of evergreens and many rare and protected plant species. In spring, visitors have the opportunity to admire the specially protected "Banat peony". Due to the botanical garden's values since 1977 it has been a national nature reserve, since 2009 it has been a part of the protected landscape area of Western Mecsek.

The garden has over thirty protected plant species. The main value is represented by the orchids (Monkey orchid, Woodcock orchid), but a number of domestic, native plant species of the slopes of Mecsek can be found, in biological communities with sub-Mediterranean and Mediterranean plants. Also there are two protected plant communities (Mecsek karst scrub forests, silver linden screes forests) in the area. The garden is not only home to plants, but a number of protected animal species - European pond turtle, slow worm, Geoffroy's bat and many birds.

The parts of the arboretum

The lower part is the collective garden. Visitors may roam along the stairs and the winding roads of the garden, admiring the trees and fly spray plants, the two small lakes, and the works of art made in the Sculpture Park of Nagyharsány. The garden of 'perfumes and colors' is located by the entrance of the garden mainly designed for the blind and partially sighted. The upper limit of the lower part of the garden is indicated by the gazebo, from where one can see the Havi- hegy Chapel and the corpus statue made by Sándor Rétfalvi.

The upper part offers a view of the Mecsek's typical karst scrub forest for the guests. Apart from preserving the character of the shrubs and municipal forest we gradually form the collective character with continuous deployments. This part of the garden is very steep, the difference in level is more than 70 meters. The view of the piles of rocks creeping up the slopes of the mountain are the traces of long gone vinery eras - farmers in the vineyards, while the hoeing, carried the surfaced stones next to the their confines. On the hillside there are several lookout points which offer a view to Tettye and the surrounding areas for visitors.

Tettye Educational Center

The Danube-Drava National Park Directorate put great emphasis on the development of approaches to conservation. In the Tettye Education Centre children and adult groups are expected with diverse programs on nature. Prepared teachers await young people who wish to acquire knowledge in our 2 fitting 30-person multi-media lecture halls equipped with exciting visual aids. Upon request it is also possible to hold craft workshops with an artisan assisting. The proximity of Pinter Garden offers visitors opportunities for practical inquiries: bird watching, water testing, inspection of leaf litter participating in zoology and botany sessions.

The Tuff Cave at Tettye

Unique geological formation, reached its present form partly by nature and partly as a result of man's work. At the beginning of the 1900s, the Tettye Cave was a tourist attraction, called “Gateway to Hell” those days, with a dreadful dragon inside. This mystic system of underground cavities is now awaiting its visitors with an interactive guided exhibition. The cave also hosts art exhibitions, concerts, multi-arts programs and serves as a location for weddings.

The cave is located in freshwater limestone, sinter. Its the development is due to the Tettye spring. Because of its high rate of runoff the spring, even today, has an important role in Pecs's drinking water supply, but its water was also utilized by the Romans in ancient times. In the Middle Ages and in modern times on the karst spring water mills settled for grain, paper, gunpowder and tanners. From the beginning of its existence limestone precipitates from the spring water...

Programmes in Pécs and in the area

1. Hiking in Melegmány Valley

One should start the hike from the Tripammer-tree located next to the driveway between Árpádtető and Lapis. One can observe the effect of the forestry cuts on the landscape during descending to Melegmány Valley. During the trip the participants can come across the typical karst forms: ponors, sink holes, springs and can admire the Melegmány Falls. After snow melt or more rainfall the sight of the waterfall on the sinter benches provides wonderful experience to the visitors. Those who are interested can find out many interesting properties of the sweetwater sinter and its the emergence. Along the way, Petnyák Falls can be viewed which was formed as a result of the formation of the layer of the water barrier. During the last part of the tour probably the most beautiful cave entrance in Mecsek, the Kő-lyuk's (Rock-hole) impressive rock wall can be admired.

2. Birding in the Pinter-Garden Arboretum

Throughout the program visitors get to know the songbirds way of life, habits with the help of a professional birder and can also gain insight to the practices of ringing..

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