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Folk costumes with colourful embroidered flowers, preserving Palóc tradition. It’s a veritable trip back in time to visit the Northern parts of Nógrád County or the Southern parts of Borsod County.

Visit Hollókő, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can take a walk among the beautiful, white-washed houses with porches, and try characteristic dishes, too. The next stop is the Matyó Museum in Mezőkövesd, where you can get familiar with the flamboyant embroidery and traditional costumes, all part of the world heritage. A must-have experience. 


In this wonderful dead-end village, you will find multicoloured village life, like a kaleidoscope or a carnival. Adorned peasant cottages with porches, artisan workshops and a picturesque shingled church. Children can peek into old crafts while taking part in various activities, meanwhile, adults can enjoy home-made strudel and pálinka.

Mezőkövesd, capital of “Matyóföld”

The citizens of the town world famous for its culture of embroidery are proud of their two-hundred-year-old folk art, which has been included in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage since 2012, therefore, interested visitors are always welcome here. “Matyó” embroidery is still “flourishing” in Mezőkövesd. In the Matyó Museum, you can admire the costumes of different age groups as well as the various eras of embroidery, and you can also enter a traditionally decorated dwelling house. 

The “Hadas” quarter

Start the engines of your time machine: this quarter of Mezőkövesd looks like an open-air museum with its white-washed peasant cottages, narrow, winding streets and thatched roofs. This is the place where Bori Kisjankó, the best-known figure of Matyó folk art, the embroiderer and pattern designer awarded the “Master of Folklore” prize, once lived. The building has been transformed into a memorial cottage. The handsome little house, reflecting the authentic characteristics of folk architecture, was probably built around 1850, and if you go inside, you will also see the extraordinary drawings of Aunt Bori. Starting out from the interactive exhibition of the brand new Hadas Visitor Centre, you can explore craftsmen’s practices, such as the furniture painters, the gingerbread makers or the potters, in multiple handicraft cottages. 


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