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Duna-Dráva National Park

Duna-Drava National Park is situated in the central section of the Danube, on the Croatian and Serbian borders. It offers a high diversity of habitats. Protected plants like German Tamarisk and important animal species such as White-tailed Eagle and Black Stork live here. The National Park offers a lot of programs for visitors, as well as interesting visitor centres and study trails.

The picturesque floodplain world of Gemenc is located in Sárköz, along the Danube. There are several so called „fok”-s (narrow canals, partly of natural origin) in the area. Our farmer ancestors ensured the flooding of the inner areas through these, as it was the basis of their living. The floodplain flora is characterized by riverine scrubs, soft- and hardwood gallery forests. There is Wild Vine and Summer Snowflake in the area, too. The great values of the fauna are – besides the famous Red Deer herds – the protected Common Kingfisher, the strict protected White-tailed Eagle, the Black Stork and the Saker Falcon. Gemenc can be visited freely on the marked paths and study paths.

Béda-Karapancsa, a region of the Danube-Drava National Park, comprises some of the significant habitats of the South Hungarian Danube reach. This is one of the most densely populated areas in Hungary considering the White-tailed Eagle and Black Stork population. In the undisturbed floodplain woods waterfowls take a rest, in its gallery forests beautiful flowers bloom. On the meadows Grey Cattle herds graze, on the waters White Waterlilies can be seen. The special symbiosis that was formed here is invigorated by the Danube; the whole floodplain life is based on the river. The woods and the insects, birds and fishes living in it and even humans constitute this very complex system.

Touristic attractions of the National Park

Mohács Historic Memorial Park

The graveyard established at the place of the Battle of Mohács on August 29 1526 can be visited near Sátorhely. The park is the last resting-place of more than 1700 soldiers. Between the mass graves there are the wooden sculptures and gravemarks of King Louis II, Pál Tomori, Dorottya Kanizsai, Sultan Suleiman and several unknown valiants. In the Memorial Park there are many symbols that can best be understood with the help of a local tourguide. The new exhibition building - opened in 2011 - gives place for exhibitions in four floors.
http://www.mohacsiemlekhely.hu

White Stork Museum

The population of Kölked, a settlement near Mohács, has lived together with the storks for centuries. In the settlement near the Danube floodplain the White Storks have always had a secure nesting and feeding place. In the thematic museum that is unique in whole Europe, visitors can get familiar with the lifestyle and migration of White Storks and get insight into the methods of stork ringing during the lecture. In the breeding season this beautiful bird can also be examined in the nests in the surroundings. The interactive outdoor and inside programmes of the White Stork Museum help get to know the natural values.
http://www.fehergolyamuzeum.hu

How to get there

By car:
Take the motorway M6 or the road E73 (nr. 6) from Budapest to Mohács. Take the motorway M60 or the road nr. 57 from Pécs to Mohács.

By public transportation:
Take a scheduled bus from Budapest or Pécs to Mohács.
http://www.menetrendek.hu

 

Accommodation & Gastronomy

At local tourism offices visitors can obtain information about restaurants and accommodation in the region.

Gemenc region:
Tourinform Baja
http://itthon.hu/tourinform-baja
Tourinform Szekszárd
http://itthon.hu/tourinform-szekszard

Béda-Karapancsa region:
Tourinform Mohács
http://itthon.hu/tourinform-mohacs

Tourism

Activities

'Beaver' canoe tour

Canoe tour on Vén-Duna which is an oxbow of the Danube. Participants can get interesting information about the wildlife of Danube floodplain, birds and beavers.

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Boki-Danube fishing exhibition

We jump 500 years back in the past at the Boki-Danube. We can look into an ancient water world. We can learn about and also try the fishing methods and tools of our ancestors. Cooking and eating of the captured fishes completes the experiences of the day.

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Canoe tours on the Outer-Béda

During the special programme you will roam the Outer-Béda, the late main Danube branch in the Béda-Karapancsa region, in canoes, with a professional guide. With any luck you will meet some representants of the famous and vivid world of floodplain birds: Black Kites, Grey Herons and Common Kingfishers.

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Guided tour to the Danube on the Nagypartosi Study Path on horse cart or by foot

The study trail leads from the edge of the strict protected Nagy-rét (Great-Meadow) to the Danube. With the help of the information boards and the guiding you can get to know the functioning of the floodplain and can get insight into the connection between floods and floodplain farming. The route passes the reconstructed Belestye-fok and leads through the restored stone bridge over the Ásás. You can get to know the wet meadows, and on the information boards even the process of wood rot is presented. Along the study path, on one of Hungary’s biggest floodplain pastures, the extensively farmed, protected and native Grey Cattle herd can be observed.

The program can be ordered with or without horse cart.

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Visit in the Historical Memorial Site of Mohács

The graveyard established at the place of the Battle of Mohács on August 29 1526 can be visited near Sátorhely. The park is the last resting-place of more than 1700 soldiers. Besides the gravemarks, the procession of the battle, reconstructed historically, can be followed until its tragic end. The renewed Memorial Site can be visited from 2011. The imposing new Exhibition building shaping the Holy Crown of Hungary gives place for exhibitions in four floors. Weapons from the XVI. Century can be seen in the exhibition the same as an interactive plotting board with XXI. Century technology. The petal-shaped graveyard can be watched from the upper floor located observation room.

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