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Hollókő

Frozen in time

Hollókő is a a Paloc village located in the county of Nógrád in the Cserhát Hills. Although nearly 90 kms from Eger (and difficult to reach by public transport), you really should consider a detour to this UNESCO world heritage site.


Two Hollókő residents wearing traditional Paloc dress


Hollókő is a living example of rural Hungarian life before the advent of mechanisation. The original village was probably in existence from as early as the fourteenth century.

Its present form, however, only dates back to the early twentieth century as the village that stood there previously was destroyed by fire.

Rather foolishly the villagers did not heed a 1783 decree forbidding the use of wood as a building material in the area and as a result the village was destroyed on a number of occasions by fire.


Hollókő with the church at its centre


Since 1987, Hollókő has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to it being "an outstanding example of a deliberately preserved traditional settlement".

Places worth visiting in the village include:

  • The UNESCO protected part of the village – this takes in Lajos Kossuth and Sándor Petőfi streets, which contain over 50 houses
  • The Village Museum
  • Post Office Museum
  • Country House
  • Doll Museum
  • The Weaving House
  • Woodcarver Ferenc Kelemen's Exhibition
  • The Roman Catholic church
  • Hollókő Castle

Hollókő castle dates back to the early 14th century and was the first building in the area, it was only later that the village sprang up. Within the walls is a small wax museum and an exhibition of Heraldry and armaments. The Roman Catholic church actually started life out as a granary but in 1899 it was sanctified as a church. Unfortunately its very pretty exterior is let down by the rather drab interior.


Although badly damaged during the Rákóczi War of Independence, Hollókő Castle has survived the years relatively well.


The Country House houses an interesting exhibition on the flora and fauna of the Eastern Cserhát Landscape Protection Reserve, it also examines the history of human habitation in the area.

The Village Museum although typical in its layout is a fine example of its type and has won awards for its displays of folk pottery and household items. If folk culture is your thing then you can also visit the Weavers House with its display of textiles and the Doll Museum which is home to 200 porcelain dolls all dressed in traditional costumes from all over Hungary


The Doll Museum


If time is on your side then there is also the Postal Museum and Ferenc Kelemen's Woodcarving Exhibition to visit. The former is only really for hardcore enthusiasts and the latter is interesting...if you like woodcarving


A former granary, Hollókő's church is located in the at the intersection of Kossuth Lajos and  Petőfi Sándor streets.


Getting To Hollókő from Eger

Although Hollókő is not in the Bükk Hills and is a fair distance from Eger, we included it on the site as it really is something special.

If you want to visit the village, then the only sensible option is by car, you could take the bus but this will involve an arduous journey involving transfers, four hours of your time and many difficult conversations.

If you want to get a taxi, then we can recommend a firm which offers reasonable prices (far more reasonable than the competition)


Where to stay


If you're going to stay in Hollókő, then you're going to want to stay somewhere with a bit of folk atmosphere about it. Hollóköves Vendégházak fits the bill, with 14 rooms spread across a number of traditional Paloc cottages it adds a level of authenticity to your stay that you're not going to find in any of the other local offerings, and it is pretty good value too.


The Village Museum



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