Part of its natural environment, Pogány is surrounded by gentle hills and slopes, a sage island, a valley where springs sprung up and streams flowing into fish ponds and lakes. Beside the Zsályaliget Hotel there are pilgrimage paths: “Maria út” (the road of Mary) and the Hungarian El Camino also touch the area - just like Baranya Green Road. In the park you can take part in a puzzling adventure game. The pergola relaxation place provides guests with calming shades after walks.
Pogány is the starting point of field trips: Villány wine region(29 km), Harkány thermal spa (17 km), Siklós Castle (20 km), cultural capital Pécs, Croatia, Orfű (29 km) or the Mecsek hills within 20-25 minutes.
Villány wine region
The Villány wine region played a major role in the re-emergence of Hungarian winery. It is one of the most developed wine-growing areas in Hungary. Its success is attributed to some of the excellent professionals involved in large-scale production, others believe it’s due to the persistence of the settled Swabians. In the case of the Villány wine region, we may talk about cultivating two different facets, which are connected to two large settlements. Villány is famous for the fiery reds and modern technology, while Siklós is slightly behind with its white wines. In our southernmost wine region we grow the grapes on 2100 hectares. The submediterranean climate provides excellent conditions for aging grapes, which is also an important factor in the wine region's successes. It is the hottest, sunniest wine region of our country, with long dry summers and growing season. The soil of the region is a loess built on the limestone of the Villányi Mountains with red clay and brown forest soil.
The red wines of Villány are dark red, bodied, rich in fragrantand flavour, with high alcohol and tannins content. These are the few traditional Kadarka, several types of Oportó (Portugieser), Kékfrankos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Zweigelt, Pinot Noir. They are the most popular Hungarian wines both home and abroad. Siklós's famous white wines are the Olaszrizling, Tramini, Ottonel Muscat.
Harkány thermal spa
One of Central Europe’s most famous thermal spas, Harkány Thermal Spa is located within Harkány’s 13.5 hectare nature park, which features hundreds of years old trees and Zsolnay eosin fountains. In addition to relaxing, refreshing and healing treatments we provide holistic cures as well in order to help our guests’ body and soul to harmonize and achieve the desired serenity.
It is not only the medicinal water that has its spontaneous effect at the thermal baths at Harkány. The natural conditions are excellent: the favourable climate, the micro-climate of the spa, the 2.100–2.200 sunny hours a year can splendidly complement a carefully planned course of treatment.
In the medicinal baths - completely refurbished in 2003 – a fully covered, a half-covered, and an open pool await the guests with a total water surface area of 2098 m2, with a depth of 110-153 cm at a temperature of 34-38 °C centigrade.
In the prevention and treatment of locomotor and arthritic disorders, in improving a condition of osteoporosis, chronic gynaecological inflammations, and disorders of the lymphatic circulation, outstanding results might be achieved during a course of treatment at Harkány.
Our dermatologists have had excellent results in the treatment of psoriasis with the waters at Harkány. We do not wish to assert that such improvement can only be achieved by a cure session at Harkány, as there are two further places in the world that can be hopefully visited by psoriasis sufferers. The nearest one is the Dead Sea.
Siklós Castle is a significant historical monument of Hungary. The first walls of this fortress were laid in the 13th century, around 1260. The first written record was found in 1294 and in the papal archives of Pécs. At that time, Omoneus de Topord was castellan (castellanusa), a captain of Péter Soklyósy.
In 1929 the castle was declared a monument. Móric Benyovszky's wife, Countess Batthyány Lujza, sold a fortress to the Hungarian Defence Forces Treasury in 1944 after several years of her husband's death. During the Second World War the Benyovszky family no longer lived in the castle. For some time the castle was converted into an internment camp for Polish officers and soldiers who fled to Hungary in 1939 after German and Soviet occupation of Poland, and some allied pilots were temporarily detained there in the later war.
In 1944, Hungarian Defence Forces Treasury bought the castle with plans to turn it into a holiday resort but it was postponed by the 1944-45 military events. The castle was damaged during the Soviet Union army’s drive to expel Germany from Hungary during the final year of the war. The renovation began in 1956, museum, a cellar restaurant and a hotel were established within the Castle.
After the change of regime, the hotel and tourist hostel moved out of the castle. At the end of the nineties, the operational tender was finally issued, with Siklós City Council being the only applicant. The city's application was successful and won the operational tender. The castle is still the property of the Hungarian state. After long months of negotiations, the contract was signed in May 2000 and the "transfer of the key of the castle" finally happened. The State provided a more unfavourable financial background than the original announcement, but the local government did not stand down, they were determined to make the old castle walls see life once again.
Pécs the cultural capital
In 1998 Pécs was given the UNESCO prize Cities for peace for maintaining the cultures of the minorities, and also for its tolerant and helping attitude toward refugees of the Yugoslav Wars. In 2007 Pécs was third, in 2008 it was second Livable city (The LivCom Awards) in the category of cities between 75,000 and 200,000 inhabitants.
Walking along the streets of Pécs, it reveals the history of twenty centuries, its stacked legacy: the traces of the Roman antecedents, the fourth-century antique necropolis, the first university in Hungary, the medieval downtown with its walled downtown area, the Turkish mosques, the German houses, the Zsolnay Quarter, the "Museum Quarter" on Káptalan Street, the Scandinavian type of housing estates - a cultural mix of Europe's history. In 2010 Pécs became one of Europe's cultural capitals.
There are currently more than 250 monuments in Pécs. A multitude of cultural programs await the guests, who would like to be entertained all year round. Especially during the summer when the festivals are coming to one another. You can take a virtual 3D walk tour on the town's website, and there areaudio guided tours about the city's sights.
The main attraction at Orfű is the 3 artificial lakes built by the village during the sixties and seventies, namely the Orfűlake, Pécs and Herman Ottó lakes. The first two are tourist-oriented, while Lake HermanOttó is more landscape-protected, it is only fishing.
Another sights of this small village is the Watermill Museum behind Orfű Lake. There are built beaches, sports fields, fields for horseback riding, on the lakes you can do boating, kayaking, sailing and of course fishing.
Other interesting sights of Orfű are the Kemencés Court and Country House, which has an exceptional ethnographic collection, the Orfű Watermill Museum and Vízfő-spring natural trail.
Orfű's Riding Days, dressage tournaments, and hunting races of old times highlight Orfű in the region as the centre of equestrian sports. There are opportunities for adventure tours in the unique cave systems of Mecsek hills. You can feel at home whether you are a hunting enthusiast orthe greatest hiking fan ever. Within 10 km there are two thermal spasone in Magyarhertelend and one in Sikonda. In Abaliget village nearby, astalactite cave and Bat Museum can be visited.
The Mecsek mountain range is located in Hungary, South Transdanubia region, north of Pécs. Its highest peak is the Zengő with a height of 682 m.
One of the most famous and popular natural attractions of the Mecsek is the Abaliget stalactite cave. As a result of its water erosion-shaped forms, it has been classified into the hundreds of natural wonders of the world earlier.
Continuous research has revealed the 466 meter long main cave, which can be visited and walked comfortably and the three difficult-to-reach side branches. The cave, invisible to the human eye, is still changing caused by the stream that runs along its entire length.
Above Kővágószőlős, on the south side of the Jakab Hill, there are the Babás Szerkövek, interesting red sandstone shapes that water and wind have formed in such a varied form over the centuries. To be able to see them, we have to get off the red triangle tourist trail and by climbing the cliffs, we will have a beautiful view, but be cautious because they are high.
One of the largest forest adventure park in the country, the Mecsextrém Park in Pécs. Fun time is guaranteed for the whole family there. The alpine rope park is a part of the adventures of adults and children alike among the branches of trees, and 25-car forest bobtail trailing is also quite unique. The climbing wall in the park is eight meters high and with six different difficulty routes "indulges" the beginner and professional climbers as well.