A Trip to Old Small Village of Holloko

Away from the tourist city of Budapest, in the lap of the Cserhat mountains northeast of Budapest, lies this small picturesque village of Holloko. We drove from Budapest for a day trip to this small village of PAL ②land. This small village with a unique blend of natural and man-made landscapes was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

A scenic route, we did not know how fast we were traveling the 100 km distance between Holloko and Budapest. The greenery all around became denser as we approached our goal. The terrain was more mountainous and the sight of sheep and cows grazing on the slopes made us stop in places to digitally freeze the scenes. When we finally saw a giant Crow as the road split in two, we realized we were on the right track.

Legend of the crow of Holloko

We saw this giant Crow as the road split in two on our way to Holloko. It is a perfect village in the lap of the Cserhat mountains northeast of Budapest, Hungary.

(The date was: 5.9.2011) The Crow is a significant figure in the legend surrounding this village of Holloko. My daughters, who never tire of hearing stories, asked to listen to this legend again.

The ancient village of Holloko has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1987.

And I told the story:

The Lord of a castle near Holloko kidnapped a beautiful girl. However, the girl’s nurse did not remain silent, she had the blood of loyalty and gratitude in her veins.

Interestingly, the girl’s nurse was a witch. He plotted with a devil to save this damsel in distress. The kind and helpful devil arranged his servants.

All dressed as crows. One after another, the Crows took away the stones of the Lord’s Castle, in the process Holloko’s Castle was erected on a huge rock. Holloko means ‘Rabenstein’ and therefore also has his own name. Locals still welcome Crows to this region today.

Holloko Village and Fortress

Excursion to Holloko fort and Castle

The arrangement for tourists in this place was great. Correct directions to parking, small restaurants, a small gift shop and we also got the correct directions from the park manager there. The best way to explore the village is on foot. The path constantly attracted us, we moved at a creeping pace, breathed deeply into the scent of the forest and read the signs along the way. Soon we were at the gates of Holloko Castle.

The castle, a landmark of the thirteenth century, is now in ruins. The family that owned the territory began to build a castle here by order of the famous Hungarian king VI Bela. History lessons at the Castle read more:

“The castle was occupied by Turkish troops in 1552 and was liberated by a Polish king only in 1683. But after this, the castle was leaved, and no one took care of the building.”

Despite the ruinous conditions, the tour of the interior of the castle gave a good royal feeling. Walking up and down the stairs of the castle, from room to room, was exciting. The view over the crumbling walls of the castle was breathtaking. The Bukk National Park, which stretched below, looked painted in all shades of green. The Houses of Holloko Village are visible from here.

Inside the castle, there is a small museum that exhibits various weapons of the Middle Ages and the way of life of the people of Holloko. A section here is devoted to giant dolls; these are placed between the furniture that gave life to the scenes depicted.

Villaggio Pallocs

Next, we headed to the village of Pallocs. The inhabitants of this village have a unique tradition and culture. Their architectural styles are unique, as is their language. The village we were told burned several times. Each time it was rebuilt and re-clad with wood. Residents never seem to have complied with the current law of not using wood at that time.

The original houses usually had three main rooms: The Pantry, the kitchen and the bedroom. Outside, a stable was built for smaller animals. Thatched roofs were supported by columns on both sides, and also had long porches along the building. The original building materials are no longer used. What we have seen are the houses rebuilt in their original form in 1909 after a large fire completely devastated the village. This time they were rebuilt with brick walls and tiled roofs.

It is evident that efforts are being made to preserve the identity of these ethnic groups. The same atmosphere that prevailed before the agricultural revolution of the twentieth century was restored. There are only 60-70 well-built and fenced houses on either side of a single street. Yes, we were amazed; a village with only one road and still preserved the atmosphere of the old world. In the center of the village is the Village Church of 1889, a beautiful whitewashed structure with a wooden bell tower.

Some of the houses have been converted into museums dedicated to various themes. The Doll Museum and the Pottery Museum had such a magnetic charm that we had a hard time breaking away and moving on. The embroidered patterns and patterns on the clothes and the intricate pottery work speak to the immense talent of the locals. Not many people live here, and it seemed that many scenes were straight from a film set, with actors striving to convey the culture they are proud of.

As we went from history to the Twenty-First Century, scenes of preservation of this traditional village flashed in my mind. They seemed to have more meaning. Hungary does a great job of preserving this piece of history; it’s educational for young and old.

How to get to Holloko Village and Fortress

Rent a car if your Budget allows, a good GPS will take you to the last point. We took the M3 motorway to Hatvan, then along the main road on Route 21 in the direction of Salg Portogruaro to the junction for Holland Portogruaro. From here there were 17 km (11 miles) of driving. There are bus services from Budapest; it takes two hours each way. Public transport is available daily. Three to four hours is enough to cover the entire site, unless you plan to do research there.

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