Wine is now irrevocably linked with wine tourism. THE Hajós-Baja wine region it provides the perfect location for this, and it is also home to many historical buildings and monuments. It just depends on our interests and determination, what we are curious about.
Petőfi Island and Europe's largest connected cellar village are just two of the many attractions in Hajós-Baja. There are many more admirable things, buildings, sites, trails and food that can make us want to explore the area. Since there is a confusion of abundance when it comes to attractions, we help you decide which ones are worth spending time on.
An exciting place for lovers of legends
The landmark of Hajós is the St. Imre Roman Catholic church built in 1728, but there are also other noteworthy buildings here. After the large-scale renovation, the residence supposedly originally built for Mária Theresa by the Archbishop of Kalocsa, and later the baroque castle of Hajós, which housed an orphanage, was reopened to visitors.
There is a secret tunnel under the building that ends in a well. According to legends, other tunnels also exist, but they have not been found to date. The Hávos cellar wall includes 1200 wine cellars and cozy streets. Pincefalu can also be found elsewhere in the area, in Nemesnádudvar and Császárfalva. Szentháromság tér in Baja is a gathering place for a series of historical buildings and monuments. One of the most famous is the former town hall, which ceased to exist in 1873. The House of Hungarian Wines is hidden in the basement of the building, where wine tastings are also held. Interesting things in Baja are the Franciscan church, the adjoining convent, the Türr István bridge, the synagogue, the Arad martyrs' memorial and the Bácskai Cultural Palace.
Main wineries and Danube Wine Route
The landscaped house named after Walter Boldizsár and his first wife is located in the center of Császártöltés, where tourists can get a taste of the everyday life of Swabian families. The settlement is famous for József Koch, who started growing grapes and making wine in the mid-1700s, and the Koch Winery still exists today. The Szemerey, Kovács, Sziegl, Knehr, Umenhoffer, Huber and Schön Pince, i.e. the main wineries in the area, host a series of wine events, so it is worth visiting them in addition to the József Koch winery. But it's not just these that are worth checking out, as those who walk along the Danube Boruta can get an insight into 40 wineries on both sides of the Serbian-Hungarian border. During this, the various wineries provide accommodation, gastronomic experiences and even cultural programs in addition to the wine tasting. The particular interest of the wine route is that the participants can collect stamps in their wine tourism passport, which is proof of which destination they have already visited.
The landscapes of Hajós-Baja are dominated by the surrounding Danube and Tisza rivers. This is one of the most beautiful regions of Hungary, a paradise for nature and outdoor lovers. The Gemenci forest is the largest contiguous floodplain forest in Europe. The famous Gemenci forest railway is located here, which attracts thousands of visitors every year.
The Pörböly Ecotourism Center in the Gemenc forest offers many services to those interested, including accommodation, canoe trips on the Danube tributaries, boat trips, forest, bicycle and horse-drawn carriage tours. The Red Swamp nature trail on Császártölles presents the wildlife of the peat bog, but it is also possible to walk along a nature trail in Kecel. We have the opportunity to do the latter on the shore of the fishing pond created from the mine ponds.
What is absolutely worth eating in Hajós-Baja?
Only the freshest ingredients are used for the dishes. Due to the proximity of the Danube, fish is a characteristic ingredient of the region's cuisine. Anyone who has tasted the Baja fish soup made with matcha pasta sings odes about it, so we don't miss it when we're there.
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