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Things to do for ladies of the mansion, knights and pages

A hill fort from the times of the settlement of Magyars in Hungary, a knights’ fort and a baron’s mansion; the forts and mansions found around Mezőkövesd offer memorable experiences for the young and the old alike.

Noszvaj – De la Motte-palace (20 km)

The miniature work of art of Hungarian palace architecture. The French admiral De la Motte created a tiny Versailles with the interior frescos, and the Baroque building is surrounded by a pretty English garden.

Address: 3325 Noszvaj, Dobó Rd. 10.

Boldogkőváralja– Boldogkő fort (106 km)

Legend has it that after the battle of Muhi, a beggar names Bodó hid King Béla IV, who was on the run. Bodó received the land as a token of the king’s gratitude on the condition that he built a fort on it. This is how the fort of Bodókő came to life, where the weddings of the seven daughters of the erstwhile beggar were held. The king was also invited and after the celebrations he said “This fort shall be called Boldogkő (Happy stone) from now on as the seven pretty girls, the seven fairies were the happiest here.”

Open: 1 May to 31 August 08.00 – 20.00

Diósgyőr – Diósgyőr Fort (70 km)

A true knights’ fort which was the favourite place of our King the Great Louis once. He used to go on his hunting trips to the Bükk Hills from here. There are maids of honour, hunters and herb women dressed in period costumes in this fort from the Middle Ages telling you about everyday life, the life of knights and the court hearsay. A whole world of mystery comes to life here. For those who like folk music we recommend the annual Folk Festival of Borsod Fonó.

Address: 3534, Miskolc, Vár St. 24.

Open: 1 November to 31 March, every day between 09.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. 1 April to 31 October, every day between 09.00 a.m. to 6.00. p.m.

Sárospatak – Rákóczi Fort(126 km)

The Rákóczi Fort Museum guides you to the old days. The wandering Magyars settled down in the Bodrog river valley as early as the 9th century. They built a royal court and Saint Elizabeth was born here according to legend. A stone fort was built under the command of King Béla IV, the current fort was built in 1534. The fort has seen a lot of great people form Hungarian history and tried to take possession of it. Even Bálint Balassi himself would have liked to acquire the fort by the stream. The most famous lords were the Rákóczi-s, however.

Address: 3950 Sárospatak, Szent Erzsébet Rd. 19.

Open: every day except Monday between 10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.

Edelény – Palace island (90 km)

You will find a rare treasure if you go to Edelény. The palace was built by Jean-François L’Huillier, a French nobleman, who served in the Habsburg army. He received the land in Edelény from Ferenc Rákóczi as collateral, and he had a palace built there to show that he belonged to the Hungarian elite. Seeing the beauty of the palace, this goes without saying.

The Borsod hill fort of Edelény was built in the 10th century. It is considered to be a rare piece of architecture which was ordered to be built by chief Bors.

Address: 3780 Edelény, Borsodi Rd. 7.

Opening times in spring and summer (from 1 May): from Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. Monday: closed. Tour times: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30, 4.30. If there are at least ten visitors on the hour, we will have tours leaving then as well.

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