Top things to do in Hortobágy National Park

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Hortobágyi Csárda

This is Hungary’s most celebrated roadside inn, built at the end of the 18th century. Sit back and admire the Hortobágy kitsch taking up every place on the walls; Gypsy violinists often play as you tuck into your ga…
Farm in Hortobágy National Park

Máta Stud Farm

Staged it may be, but the 1½-hour puszta show at the 300-year-old Máta Stud Farm, 3km north of Hortobágy village, is a real slice of Hungary. You get to ride in a horse-drawn wagon train across the prairie, making s…
Wildlife Reserve in Hortobágy National Park

Bird Park & Clinic

Get up close with ailing feathered friends as they convalesce at the Bird Park & Clinic. Walk through the ‘hospital’ section of this sanctuary (including an operating room), among ambling storks in the park and …
Bridge in Hortobágy National Park

Nine-Hole Bridge

The Nine-Hole Bridge, built in 1833 and spanning the marshy Hortobágy River, is the longest – and certainly the most sketched, painted and photographed – stone bridge in the country. Just in front stands the still-o…
Fair in Hortobágy National Park

Hortobágy Bridge Fair

This century-old fair held in Hortobágy around St Stephen's Day (20 August) has dance, street theatre, folklore performances, local dishes and the occasional horse and pony for good measure.
Zoo in Hortobágy National Park

Puszta Animal Park

The Puszta Animal Park, 2km south of the Nine-Hole Bridge, with its weird and wonderful animals, is a fun place for kids of all ages. Here you'll see the rare breeds of the puszta up close: the heavy-set long-horned…
Museum in Hortobágy National Park

Hortobágy Inn Museum

As you'll discover at the small Hortobágy Inn Museum inside the Hortobágyi Csárda, the inn dates to 1781 and is one of the original eating houses used by salt traders on their way from the Tisza River to Debrecen. T…
Zoo in Hortobágy National Park

Hortobágy Wild Animal Park

Located about 7km south of Hortobágy village, this zoo hosts animals that lived on the puszta before it was farmed: wolves, jackals, wild horses, vultures, pelicans and more. Visitors are transported by 'safari bus'…
Museum in Hortobágy National Park

Herder Museum

Housed in an 18th-century carriage house across from the landmark Hortobágyi Csárda, this museum illustrates life on the plains for shepherds, swineherds and cowboys in the 19th century. Tickets include entry to the…
Museum in Hortobágy National Park

World of Cranes Exhibition

Upstairs at the Hortobágy National Park Visitor Centre, this exhibition tells the story of cranes on the plains, particularly about their annual migration in October when between 60,000 and 100,000 common cranes sto…