Noszvaj is just 6 km from Eger and, due to its position on the south facing slopes of the Bükk, one of the major wine growing districts in the Eger region. Wine, however, is not the only draw for visitors to this charming village.
The De La Motte Mansion, cave dwellings, beehive stones, wine cellars, a bottle museum and restored peasant farm are a real contrast to Eger`s Baroque grandeur, add fabulous scenery to the mix and you`ve got yourself a day`s excursion.
Reception room in the De La Motte Mansion.
Built in the Baroque style, the de la Motte Mansion is a perfect miniature of a Baroque castle. It was commissioned by Baron Sámuel Szepessy and its construction lasted from 1774-1778.
Due to the opulence of the project, Szepessy was left destitute and had to sell the finished building to the family of Baroness Anna Vécsey. It is her second husband, the Marquis de la Motte that the mansion is named after; this is because it was he who was responsible for the frescoes that adorn the interior.
These were painted by János Lukas Kracker and his son-in-law János Zach who were also responsible for the ceiling frescoes in Eger's Lyceum.
The interior of the mansion is adorned with Baroque trompe l'oeil frescoes
It is only possible to go around the mansion in the company of a guide. Tours commence at 10.00,10.45, 11.30, 13.00 (only at weekends), 13.45, 14.30 and 15.15.
If you would like to arrange a private visit or have any other requests, then you can contact Csorba Erzsébet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The English Garden of the De la Motte Mansion
Surrounding the mansion is a so-called 'Angol Kert' which translates as an English garden because of the species found there and its layout.
It is surrounded by a wall and is 25 acres in all; unfortunately, today there isn't the money to care for it properly so it is shabby in places but it is still a pleasant and peaceful place to take a walk.
It is open from May to September during business hours. There is no charge for entry, as far as I am aware.
This is a relatively new exhibit, consisting of more than 1500 pieces of Hungarian glasswork dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Housed in a beautiful old granary, it provides a fascinating glimpse into Hungary's cultural past.
The Old Granary which houses the glasswork exhibition
The Glasswork Museum is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10.00-17.00 and on Sunday from 10.00-15.00. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Admission is 400huf for adults and 300huf for those under 14.
The Granary in which the Glasswork Museum is housed in is owned by the Thummerer Winery and includes a restaurant and wine tasting facilities.
The Thummerer Winery was established some thirty years ago and it harvests grapes from over 100 hectares of vineyard. Its cellar covers nearly 5000 sqm, incorporating an old manor house and a newer system dug out from the soft rhyolite rock.
The Thummerer Cellar
Thummerer's wines are well-regarded and they won Hungarian Winemaker of the Year in 1995, they have also branched out into distilling palinka (fruit brandy), which one should really try.
It is possible to arrange cellar visits with wine tasting (minimum 8 people). Please contact Éva Thummerer at email@example.com or on +36209462178 for more details, alternatively contact us and we'll arrange things for you.
These small dwellings were cut into the soft rhyolite stone in the 19th century by families too poor to purchase houses; the last inhabitants didn't leave until the 1960s.
Today most lie abandoned but a few have been turned into artists workshops. Worth a visit if you have a spare hour.
Currently there are no restrictions on visiting and there is no admission charge. It is rumoured that the local government is in the process of trying to acquire the funds to transform the cave houses into some kind of cultural centre.
This farm, owned by a wealthy peasant family, was opened as a museum in 1976. It was built in the 1880s and its construction is typical of the area.
The museum paints a picture of peasant life in the 19th century and the utensils and fittings inside are all original: the shutters, the typical blue patterned fabrics, stone fence, ornamental pillars and stone window frames are all common to the area.
The house was originally the property of two brothers which is evident from the two cooking stoves, one for each family. Much of the decoration and ornamentation is an attempt to copy that of wealthy landowners' mansions, a way for the family to show off their status to their neighbours.
There are many traditional events organised at the Peasant Farm Museum
The museum is open daily April to October (except Mondays) from 15.00-18.00.
Contact Erzsébet Csobar at konyvtar@noszvaj if you wish to make special arrangements or want to take a group around.
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