Northern treasures – Bélapátfalva


Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1234

Would you like to have gorgeous colors on your photos of the nature? Then this is the time to get off your couch and explore the countryside! My way led me to the north of the country this time, and I have found all what I needed to be energized and relaxed at the same time.

Bélapátfalva is situated in the Bükk National Park, north from Eger (town famous for its castle, wine – Bulls’ Blood – and cultural life), approximately 2 hours drive from Budapest. The village is famous for the Cistercian Abbey, one of the oldest built monuments of Hungary, and was a branch of the order of Saint Benedict. Currently is not used by the monks, but becoming a popular tourist destination, and scene of local concerts and theatrical performances in the summer.

Bélapátfalva Abbey
Abbey Organ
Bélapátfalva Abbey inside
Bélapátfalva Abbey inside

Behind the Abbey, a truncated hill, “Bélkő” can be seen. Abandoned buildings are the evidence, that the hill was a mine once. A 5-kilometers long route guides you through the hill, up and down, explaining the geological structure, flora and fauna of the region.

Bélkő, abandoned buildings of the mine

Right next to Bélkő, there is a beautiful lake, where you can end or start your walking route. One of the most popular restaurant of the area is the Szomjas Csuka (thirsty pike), offers a small but tasty and fresh variety of fish dishes, besides the other common plates. Bélapátfalva is on the way between Eger and Szilvásvárad, which town is so famous for its trout, so I highly recommend to try it here.

Bélkő lake
Lake in Bélapátfalva
Fresh trout with garlic and lemon, at Szomjas Csuka restaurant, Bélapátfalva

Enjoy the last sunny hours of the year, and refresh yourself with hiking in the woods in the north of Hungary. You will not regret it!