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Four must-dos in Mezőkövesd

Mezőkövesd is the land of the Matyó-s, where you will have a special experience. This little town – located where the Bükk hills and the Great Plain meet – is full of hidden treasures. Let’s explore them together.

1. Let’s get to know the Matyó-s



Mezőkövesd received its status as a country town from King Matthias. The people who lived here were so grateful for this gesture to the King that they took on his nickname, Matyó. Their vibrant folk clothes, well preserved traditions and closed community have made them into a special ethnographic unit even up to this day.

Journey tip: Matyó Museum 3400 Mezőkövesd Szent László tér 8.

Opening times: 09.00-17.00 between 1 April and 31 October, 09.00-15.00 between 1 November and 31 March. Closed on Mondays.


2. Let’s explore the Matyó legacy



Legend has it that the devil kidnapped the mother and the lover of a Matyó bride. He asked her to take him all of the flowers of summer on her lap during the winter in exchange for her loved ones. The bride embroidered the most beautiful flowers of the meadow and the woods onto her gown and took them to the devil who kept his promise. This is how the motifs of the beautiful Matyó embroidery came to life.
The fact that Matyó art is listed as a UNESCO Intellectual Cultural Property bears witness to its value. It would be very difficult to get to know all the Matyó motifs as they are countless and unique. The signature motif of Matyó embroidery is the rose, of which Bori Kisjankó embroidered the most versions. Her art is commemorated in the Bori Kisjankó House, a 19th century farm house in the Hadas area.

Journey tip: Kisjankó Bori Memorial House 3400 Mezőkövesd, Kisjankó Bori u. 22. (Hadas area)

Opening times: January – March: Friday to Sunday 10.00-14.00, April – June: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-16.00, July – August: Monday to Sunday 10.00-18.00, September – October: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-16.00, November – December: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-14.00


3. Try the pampucka



If you want to find out more about the Matyó-s, you can visit the Matyó Museum, but it is also worth taking a walk in the Hadas area of town, where the old houses welcome visitors as a kind of living open air museum. Mezőkövesd holds different festivals aimed at preserving traditions every year, where you can fill up on homemade carrot strudel, pampucka and the carnival doughnuts of the Matyós

Journey tip: Matyó Global meeting, which first took place in 2015


4. Let’s bathe in thermal water



If you come to Mezőkövesd you will smell the sulphuric ‘scent’ of the thermal water as you go to the bath from a distance. The bath and the water received their name from Lajos Zsóry, in whose lands they found a thermal source in 1939. The bath welcomes its visitors with many outdoor and indoor children’s pools as well as the therapies. The wellness part offers its guests various kinds of massages, using essential oils, honey and aloe vera.

Mezőkövesd has a lot to offer in terms of enjoyment. The sulphuric water soothes the joints, the saunas and massages spoil the body, the Matyó motifs please the eye, the Matyó wedding traditions and dances lift the spirit and the Matyó foods satisfy your culinary cravings.


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