Although Lillafüred is administratively part of the city of Miskolc, it is actually located about 15 km from the city. This small jewel-box is located on the eastern edge of the Bükk Mountains, where the Garadna and Szinva valleys meet, on the shores of Lake Hámori, surrounded by magical beech forests. Lillafüred was declared a holiday resort in 1892 on the proposal of Count András Bethlen, Minister of Agriculture. Legend has it that the place got its name from the count's niece, Elizabeth Vay (nicknamed Lilla).
Sights in Lillafüred – things not to miss
Lillafüred has so many wonderful sights and activities to offer that it’s almost difficult to choose which one to start with. Be sure to go to these places during your trip to Lillafüred.
The Neo-Renaissance style building was built between 1927 and 1930 over Lake Hámori. The hotel has been renovated since then and has become a truly impressive building. Be sure to take a stroll to Hotel Palota even if you don't want to stay here: on the one hand, because you can walk around it, and the sight is beautiful from the outside; on the other, because Mátyás Hall, decorated with huge stained glass windows, functions as a Renaissance restaurant where you can sample some really delicious dishes.
The waterfall and the hanging garden
You’ll see that Hotel Palota was built on the top of a steep hill, reinforced with retaining walls, and a promenade system was created where you can admire botanical rarities. From here, you can get to the Anna Cave and the statue of one of Hungary’s best known poets, Attila József – because he wrote his well-known poem Óda (Ode) here. This is also where you can see the 20-metre waterfall, through which the Szinva stream reaches into Miskolc by touching Felső-Hámor. Lake Hámori is fed by the Garadna stream.