As long as you’re in the Tokaj‑Hegyalja region, visit the Megyer-hegy Tarn, near the town of Sárospatak, also known as ‘Athens on the shores of the Bodrog’. Shaped by natural forces and human hands alike over the years, it became a nature reserve in 1997. A millstone mine operated on the volcanic hill from the 15th century until 1907. As rainwater collected in a pit carved into the tuff, it formed a pond, with massive rock walls towering from the waters. Signs of the hard-working miners who lived here for many years are everywhere: their small ‘stone flats’ are still evident today, as are some half-finished millstones. Put on some comfortable hiking boots and make your way up the 324 metre high hill. You will be well rewarded: the rock cauldron rising from the middle of the forest is truly an imposing sight. In 2011, the tarn was chosen as the most beautiful natural wonder in Hungary. Currently, rope bridges and the longest via ferrata in Hungary are also under construction.
As long as you’re visiting the World Heritage sites of Tokaj‑Hegyalja, it would be worth taking a little detour to the tarn on Megyer-hegy, the hill rising above the ancient town of Sárospatak, affectionately known as ‘Athens on the shores of the Bodrog’. The long, uphill hike is well worth the effort: the mere sight of the rock cauldron bursting forth from the forest is enough to give one chills. The sight is both beautiful and terrifying, a testament to the shared power of natural forces and human hands.