Exploring the slopes of Őrség will take you past wooden bell towers, listed houses and orchards, so you may want to make it a car trip. The most authentic settlement in the region is Szalafő, home of the Pityerszer Őrség Folk Monument Ensemble – an open-air ethnographic museum where you can see the typical buildings of the region in their original locations and with their original interior, while the kids
have fun at various art and craft shops and in the so-called play barns. The village of Pankasz boasts perhaps the most remarkable example of the “skirted” wooden bell towers that are so typical of Őrség. The art of pottery, one of Őrség’s trademark crafts, is showcased in the Pottery Museum, a typical village house built in Magyarszombatfa in 1790. Although rather plain on the outside, the reformed church building of Szentgyörgyvölgy reveals a lavishly decorated interior – a visit is definitely recommended.
Őrség offers a cornucopia of unique folk traditions to discover, not to mention the famous cuisine, with dishes such as porcini and buckwheat soup, salad with pumpkin seed oil, fried potato dumplings called “dödölle”, pumpkin and poppy seed strudel, millet cake and millet meal soup. Notable events in Őrség include the Hétrétország, the Őrség International Pumpkin Festival and the International Pottery Festival – all considered great reasons to pay a visit to Őrség and the neighbouring Vendvidék. If you have time, you should definitely include the town of Szentgotthárd on your itinerary: you will love the beautiful Baroque Cistercian church and monastery, which today houses the mayor’s office. And while in Szentgotthárd, why not pay a visit to the popular, Mediterranean-style thermal spa – the No. 1 reason visitors come to town.