The living folk culture
When visiting Hollókő, these unique architectural marvels are not the only things to be amazed at: if we arrive at the right time, we may also gain insight into how people in Hungarian villages lived at the onset of the 20th century. As a result of urbanisation, Hungarian ethnic groups in general started to leave behind the folk costumes typical of their region at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. For the Palócz, and in Hollókő in particular, this process only started in the 1960s and then only very gradually. Typically, village residents wouldn’t go to work in larger towns and cities, meaning that they voluntarily preserved their ancient culture. Of course, the village has paved roads, electricity and Internet, but the current 400 mostly pension-age residents still observe their traditions, be they gastronomy, religion or folk art. On the occasion of festivities, for example at Easter, which they consider to be particularly important, even the few young people dress in traditional Palócz attire.
Given its spectacular natural surroundings, Hollókő is ideal for a one-day hike at any time of the year.