HUNGARY Szilvásvárad

One of Hungary's most beautiful natural treasures can be found here


The history of Szilvásvárad

Szilvásvárad is located in the Bükk Mountains and its history goes back a long time. This area was already inhabited in the Stone Age. The Szalajka Valley, a popular destination for hikers, is located here. The valley dates back to the 19th century. In the 19th century, it got its name from the burning of potash, which was the main livelihood activity of the people living here. After 1894, the first manufactories appeared in the Szalajka valley. Tile factory, brick factory and metal-works operated here. The settlement has been called Szilvásvárad since 1906.

Sights of Szilvásvárad


Szilvásvárad Forest Railway and the Gloriett field

The Szilvásvárad Forest Railway runs in the valley, the railway runs through a breathtaking landscape, on a 4-kilometer route. The terminus of the forest light railway is the Gloriett field. From here we can continue our journey to the Szalajka source. Further along a steep trail, you can reach the Istállós-kői cave, or you can climb to the two highest peaks of the Bükk Mountains, Szilvási-kő located at an altitude of 961 meters or Istállós-kő located at an altitude of 958 meters.


The Veil waterfall, the Szalajka creek and the Szikla spring

One of the most wonderful sights of the valley is the Fátyol waterfall, its source originates from inside the mountain, the water rushes down a 17-meter-long staircase. They also have the opportunity to admire the Rock Spring and the Upper Lake. The Szikla spring is the spring with the largest water flow in the Bükk Mountains. If you are here, you should also visit the Millenium lookout. The unique view of the Bükk can be seen from the wooden viewing platform, handed over on August 20, 2000.


Trout Lakes

The water of the spring is inhabited by wild trout. However, later on, an artificial site was also built here and the professional breeding of fish began. Artificial breeding of fish has been taking place here for more than 100 years. By damming the rivers, they managed to ensure that the Szikla and Szalajka springs provide the right amount and temperature of water for the growth of trout.

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