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Gyula region for Families - 5 days



How long it takes?
5 days
Best vehicle choice for this plan:
public transport
bicycle
car
This region is famous for:
Baths, Spas  and Beaches
Thermal baths, Spas and Healing resources
Museums and exhibitions
Castles, Forts, Palaces
Culture and monuments
Gyula region
Families
Day 1
Gyula Castle Spa

Take a pleasant stroll from the castle to reach the Gyula Castle Spa and AquaPalace. This is one of the most pleasant and highest-quality spas and baths in the Great Plain area. It’s an outstanding destination for anyone looking to relax and enjoy themselves, no matter what time of the year you visit. The special sauna park, the wellness centre with its many fun attractions, the wave pool and the swimming pool are situated in the middle of an ancient park full of rare plants.

Hundred‑Year‑Old Confectionery

One of the essential places to visit if you are in Gyula. The name is no exaggeration. Established 180 years ago, it was the first of such confectioneries in the town, and the second in Hungary. This lovely, fine-smelling cake shop was set up in a beautiful building built for the upper middle class. Today, you will find a Confectionery Museum where the old pastry-making shop was in the past. Beware, you may have a hard time choosing from the many mouth-watering delicacies: the Erkel and Munkácsy cakes are the confectionery’s specialities, but traditional cakes and handmade chocolates and ice-creams are also temptingly delicious.

Day 2
Gyula Castle

This grand Gothic border fortress was once one of the three strongest in the country. It was not built from rocks and stones, but from bricks fired from clay dug up from the Körös Rivers. After the 129 years of Ottoman rule, it was used as a brewery, pálinka house, archives and even a prison. Today, it functions as a museum with 24 rooms, presenting relics from the rich past of the town.

Almásy Castle Visitor Centre in Gyula

A chance to get to know the castle in a truly unique fashion, and even have a peek behind the scenes. The exhibition is a very different experience: in addition to information on the life of the noblemen who lived in the vast rooms of this aristocratic home, you can also learn about how the staff of the house lived in the past and what secrets the castle hides. You will also have a chance to meet the butler, the shoeshine-boy and the former housekeeper in an exciting, interactive experience.

City tour on a train on wheels

Why not choose a comfortable way to discover the town? The train on wheels is very popular in Gyula: Thomas, the engine, leaves from the entrance of the castle and visits the most important sights in the town, returning to the start after a 30-minute ride. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the experience.

Day 3
Csigakert

The park was named after the spiral promenade that takes you up to the artificial lookout hill (Csigakert meaning Snail Garden in Hungarian). The largest single area of green space in Gyula is surrounded by huge oak trees, yew trees and special honey locust trees. Take a stroll, relax and enjoy the view – this is the perfect place to do all three.

Woodland Adventure Park

Just outside Gyula, on the road to Békéscsaba, you’ll find a popular park full of fun and exciting attractions of varying difficulty designed for younger and older adventurers. You can put your skills to the test in a little forest under large trees from spring to autumn. Enjoy a fun day out with your family.

Day 4
Mihály Munkácsy Museum

The largest Munkácsy collection in the world can now be found in Békéscsaba, in the renovated building of the museum. In addition to the world-famous original paintings, the personal belongings of the artist are also part of the exhibition. Mihály Munkácsy spent his childhood in Békéscsaba. The museum has an extensive ethnographic, archaeological and natural science collection, and a rich photo gallery.

Munkácsy Memorial House

The memorial house established as a tribute to Hungary’s best-known painter is home to 21 original Munkácsy paintings. The building was built in a Classicist style and served as the home of Munkácsy’s relatives. It was also where the painter himself spent much of his time painting the portraits of members of his family. The history of the manor has been adventurous: the building has been used as a milk collection point and even as a political party centre, while today it is home to the Munkácsy collection and an exhibition that presents the life of the aristocratic and middle classes of the 19th century.

CsabaPark

When in Békéscsaba, you cannot avoid learning or hearing about Csaba sausages. However, if you visit CsabaPark, this is all you will be hearing about because here everything is about the Hungarikum. The exhibition gives you an insight into the process of sausage-making, with everything from the attractions of the playground called “The kitchen of giants” to the walkable sausage-filler and mincer, reminding you of the dinners on pig-killing day people once enjoyed in the country. By the time you get to the end, you’ll definitely have worked up an appetite!

Day 5
A trip to Oradea or Szarvas

No matter which direction you go in, it will only take you an hour to get to Szarvas, or if you cross the border, to Oradea. The Szarvas Botanical Garden lies on the bank of Holt Körös, and is definitely one of the items on the bucket list for tourists visiting Szarvas. The historic town centre in Oradea is also worth a trip for its many historical monuments, with Art Nouveau, Baroque, Classicist and Gothic Revival buildings on every corner. Discover the town centre with a pleasant walk around it.

During your visit

Spirits
If you are aware of what it means to make pálinka from fruit, you will truly appreciate quince pálinka from Nagykunság. But if not, you’ll still be full of praise: its strong smell and taste come from the best characteristics of quince essence. It has been protected for some time now, which also serves as a guarantee of quality.
Gastronomy
You’ll definitely want to eat before you even get to the end of the sentence. Just two short words: Gyula sausage. One of the best-known products in Hungary has been made for a long time, gaining international fame in 1910, when it was awarded the gold medal at the Brussels World’s Fair. The original recipe for Gyula sausage was invented by a butcher, András Stéberl. Just one more thing you absolutely must try when in Gyula.

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