Hungary: Extreme Fun in Szilvasvarad

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Photo by Aknay Tibor
Photo by Aknay Tibor

For the third year running, the town of Szilvásvárad (translation: plum castle!) is hosting its outdoor festival on May 26. The festival features all manner of extreme sports: rodeo riding, bungee jumping, speed, hot-air ballooning, hang-gliding, and motor sports among others. Great news for Cheapos: the outdoor festival is free of charge.

Best of all, the setting of the festival is idyllic. Szilvásvárad is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Hungary, at the foot of the Bükk Hills. The area is surrounded by forests and blessed with trout pools, an old wooden train that passes through forests, and even a prehistoric cave.

To get to Szilvásvárad from Budapest, take the train from Keleti Station. The journey takes just over three hours and costs HUF3570 (€14.40; $19.60.)

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Melanie lives in Budapest with her Hungarian husband and two daughters, Rose and Thea. She teaches English and Psychology in an International School in the city and is studying for a Masters Degree in Children's Literature.

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One thought on “Hungary: Extreme Fun in Szilvasvarad”

  1. Hello,

    I will come in Hungaria with my wife on September ( out of the high season ) and I expect to visit few cities – may be holloko, aggtelek, szilvasvarad, tokaj, hortobagy, and few else . Is it necessary to reserve the hostels ( price between 25 and 35 $ ) Do you have some suggestions ?
    Thank you for your help.

    pierre boyé


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