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The programmes of the Danube-Drava National Park directorate in the Eastern Mecsek

Category: Nature | Date: 21.07.2014.

The lovers of nature and romantic forests can find a number of natural resources, cultural and historical values in the area. The colleagues of the Danube-Drava National Park Directorate are expecting visitors with guaranteed programs and tours which are available by appointment.

Eastern Mecsek protected area

Because of the area’s geographical, geological conditions the natural flora and fauna is very rich in species and also it is abounding in monuments, cultural and ethnographic relics. Its most significant botanical value is the „Bánát peony”. The romantic area is netted by trails so it is possible to get around on foot. Visitors can see the glassworks in Pusztabánya, the fort of Máré, the highly protected Óbánya Valley with the Csepegőszikla (Dripping Rock) and the Leaning Waterfall

Tips for hiking in the Protected Area of Eastern Mecsek

1. Tips for hiking in the Eastern Mecsek Protected Area

Hiking Zengő

The Eastern Mecsek offers a pleasantly wearing sporty relaxation - also a visit to the highest peak of the Mecsek Mountains. Throughout the year, in addition to the joy of movement we can get new and interesting information about the values of the natural and cultural protected area. With a leading tour guide we start from the Hosszúhetény "Hetény leader" statue (old quarry) at first on the lanes of the settlement, among well-tended vineyards and orchards. We reach the marked tourist path leading to Zengő at foot of the "Csóka" Stone (368mm). Former grazing forests' burly witness trees are telling stories of the area's animal keeping traditions, and at every step of the way the multitude of protected plant species make the visitor to stop for a shorter or longer time. At the end of April, the 'connoisseurs' can enjoy the highly protected "Bánát peony" and its flowers in purple. We continue our journey among the genuine impressive Mecsek beech trees. Early in the spring, a wild garlic carpet coveres the bottom of the gray-trunked beeches. In addition to the sight, the smell is amazing too, in fact, a few leaves can be part of our sandwiches. Before we start out for the most difficult stages of the hike one could use some refreshment. A steep ascent, then following the slopes of the ridge of Zengő we climb up to the 682-meter high peak. During the minutes of relaxation we can listen to tales and myths and "discover" the 13th century remains of a castle.

Useful: A good choice of comfortable hiking boots and appropriate attire for the weather, as well as the protection against mosquitoes and ticks are important!

2. „The romantic streamy valleys of Eastern Mecsek”

During the tour we are heading for probably the most romantic streamy valleys in Eastern Mecsek. On the largely limestone bedrock streams are tumbling, developing tuff formations in many places. The most beautiful and most important of these formations are probably found at Csurgó. In addition to the geological, hydrological values we can get acquainted with the specialties of flora and fauna of the valleys. The interesting feature of Hidas Valley is the built (taken) multitude of springs. The wood wanderer might quench their thirst with clean and cool water.

Useful: A good choice of comfortable hiking boots and appropriate attire for the weather, as well as the protection against mosquitoes and ticks are important!

3. „What is an Üveghuta” – hike to Pusztabánya

The route of the Eastern Mecsek protected area trail passes through the little known streamy valley. We walk in the direction of Püspökszentlászló from Hosszúhetény and deviate in the direction of Kis-tóti valley and Bába-well. Participants can find out many interesting things about glass-making in the Mecsek and also might come across its traces.

Useful: A good choice of comfortable hiking boots and appropriate attire for the weather, as well as the protection against mosquitoes and ticks are important!

Further programmes on the area of Danube-Drava National Park:

  • Gemenc: the picturesque world of Gemenc floodplain is located in the Sárköz area along the banks of the Danube. Its flora is characterised by willow-shrubs, soft-and hardwood forests. In the summer we can see summer snowflakes, scillas of the Danube wild grape. The outstanding values of the protected wildlife are kingfisher, the highly protected osprey, black stork and the black kite.
  • Canoe Tours: the guided canoe trip guides us to the romantic Old-Danube, which was once the main branch of the Danube.
  • Nature Photography: the National Park provides an excellent subject for photographers, both amateur and professional.
  • Birdwatching at Nyéki-Danube backwater: Participants can find out many interesting things about the water plant and reed tr world of Nyéki-Danube backwater, and one can learn about the birds living here and monitoring is also possible.
  • Guided tour through the educational paths in the loess canyons: The Hills of Szekszárd is Hungary's principally erosion compromised micro-region but the deep valleys and steep-walled canyons with their underground streams and loess bridges provide very special pictures. While roaming the two educational paths we can get acquainted with the special geological values, the wildlife and the cultural relics of the area
  • Pinter-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.
  • Tettye Education 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.
  • Tettye Lime Tuff Cave: Unique geological formation, reached its present form partly by nature and partly as a result of man's work..

Danube-Drava National Park directorate

Tel.: +36 (72) 517-200

dunadrava@ddnp.kvvm.hu

www.ddnp.hu

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