Although it is the curative thermal springs that draw most tourists to this small village in the foothills of the Mátra Hills, Parádfürdő is far from a one trick pony.
For the non-bathers there is the world class carriage museum, a fine Baroque church and, for the more nerdy among you, a mineral water collection which has over 300 bottled mineral waters on display and an exhibition charting the history of Parádfürdő's baths.
Old postcard of the public baths in Parádfürdő
Parádfürdő is further from Eger (about 35km by road) than the other villages on this site but we included it as we thought it worth considering for a day trip out of Eger. Also in its favour is that it is not in the Bükk area, rather in the foothills of the Mátra, a hill range to the west of Eger.
The Mátra are very different to the Bükk and are also home to Hungary's highest peak Kékestető which at 1014 metres affords a great view of the surrounding countryside.
It can be quite confusing for visitors to the village as Parádfürdő is essentially the same village as Parád, although they are officially separate.
On this page we use the names Parád and Parádfürdő to refer to the same place.
This is what this village is all about, hence its name Parádfürdő which literally translates as Parád Baths. So highly-regarded are the curative properties of the water, that there is a state hospital in the village to utiliise their benefits.
However, it is more than just a hospital as it offers many treatments and facilities that you would normally expect of a wellness hotel or health farm. These include saunas, massages, solariums, aromatherapy, water aerobics and so on.
The neo-classical hospital is in a beautiful setting
If you are lucky enough to get a referral from a Hungarian doctor then the hospital is great value but even if you go under your own steam, so to speak, it is still comparatively cheap. Follow this link to find a list of services and treatments and their prices.
Unfortunately the page is in Hungarian, although I have been informed that an English language page is imminent so stay tuned. If you would like any assistance then do not hesitate to contact us.
Housed in the Cifra Istálló (lit. ornamental stables), the coach museum is one of the more interesting exhibitions in north-east Hungary. There are some truly fine examples of coaches here: state coaches with beautiful gold brocade are a wonder to behold and there is at least one bridle with nearly 5kg of solid silver in it.
Interestingly, the English word 'coach' comes from the name of the Hungarian town Kocs, where the smaller, lighter vehicles were first used.
The Coach Museum is housed in Count Karólyi's former stable block
In the centre of Parád sits the Palóc Haz a traditional cottage now serving as a museum providing a view into the cultural past of a unique ethnic minority.
The origins of this subgroup of Magyars is shrouded in mystery but their distinctive dialect and traditions live on in this part of Hungary.
Parád`s Palóc Haz dates from around 1770
Parád is on the so-called Palóc Út, a marked route that can be traveled by car and takes in all the major Palóc villages and towns including Eger which has its own Palóc Exhibition celebrating the historical settlements`s connection with this enigmatic group.
If you have the time then St. Ottilia`s Roman Catholic Church is worth a visit, Baroque in style it is the only church in Hungary to be dedicated to Ottilia, the patron saint of the blind.
There is also a Rural Museum which adds to the exhibits in the Palóc Haz, giving a more complete picture of peasant life at the turn of the eighteenth century.
Be sure to pop into the Folk Carving Exhibition, a display of life-size figures carved from locally sourced timber celebrating the Palóc way of life. It is all the work of one man who seems not to have a surname, Johan.
For the more active there is the Ilona Völgy (Ilona Valley), follow the path that runs through the beautiful Mátra and along the Ilona stream and you'll get to a 8 metre waterfall
The carved figures celebrate the Palóc way of life.
We recommend the following guesthouses/hotels in and around Parád, please click on the links to find out more: