Holloko Old Village - the rural heritage of Hungary

Hungarian traditions in the living etnhographic village.

An easy day trip from Budapest that takes you to visit the first settlement of the world listed as village on UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Discover the paloc culture, taste traditional dishes or try on their traditional clothing.

 

  • Languages: English, German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian

  • Duration: 8-10 hours

  • Difficulty level: easy with some walking

  • World Heritage

Holloko is the first settlement of the world listed as village on UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

The village’s 67 protected buildings of Holloko are characteristic peasant houses from the 17-19th century. Hollókő is an outstanding example of a deliberately preserved traditional settlement. The 400 residents of Hollókő are the Paloc (palocz) people. Besides their special dialect, they retain their old folk traditions, crafts, songs and their colourful, richly decorated folk costumes. Hollókő is a 1,5 hours trip from Budapest, one of the most favored European travel destinations.

This tour gives the ability to go back in time, see how people lived their rural life here before the agricultural revolution. You will meet with people in Paloc costumes, see folk dance, see craftsmen in work, visit the Village Museum and the Doll Museum of Holloko,  dress up in authentic folkcostumes, when you like, and taste some traditional regional  dish, like Paloc soup  (actually cooked first in Gundel resturant Budapest) made in the Palóc way.

Insider tip: The Easter Festival in Holloko is probably the most famous in Hungary, when locals dress up in traditional celebratinal costumes. There are several programs and activities during the  3 day Easter Festival, including egg painting, folklore programs, arts and crafts and kids programs. Visitors can sample traditional Easter dishes. Easter Mondays are usually lot of fun in Hollókő, as ‘Dousing Day’ is practiced following old traditions. Boys would douse the girls with buckets of water to ensure they become good wives. In exchange for the dousing the girls would reward the boys with Easter eggs – the main reason for which Easter eggs are decorated in Hungary. Ask us about dates and actual programmes!

From time to time “Paloc wedding”, one of the most colourful traditional folkprograms is held in Hollókő or in the nearby villages. Ask us about the dates 

What’s included?

  • Private tourguide
  • Transportation throughout the tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry into Paloc Museum and Doll Museum in Holloko

Bookable Extras:

  • Try on traditional Paloc dress

Exclusions

  • Tip or gratuity
  • Food & drinks

Cancellation policy

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before the event

We charge by the tour and not on a per person basis. Prices indicated include your transportation throughout the tour.