Vácrátót Botanical Garden
The arboretum, which is a real fairytale place, is a real bucket list attraction around Vác thanks to its natural treasures. Located on 27 hectares, the 180-year-old arboretum is a great destination for family and friends alike, thanks to its cozy walking paths and unconventional collections. If you love to go on trips and enjoy spending time in the fresh air in any season, step out of the grayness of everyday life and let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of the botanical garden.
Do you like to go to the beach, enjoy romantic walks and enjoy fishing? The special shade of water of Lake Bánki and the beauty of the surrounding mountains are guaranteed to convince you to return to the cozy lakeside again and again. The mining lake near Vác is a stronghold of active and passive pastime, which has interesting things for all ages. Thanks to the multifunctional adventure park and the wellness hotel on the waterfront, several days of relaxation are also a lasting experience here.
Zebegény is one of the pearls of the Danube Bend, the settlement presents you with an unparalleled panorama of the Danube, colorful gastronomic experiences and special sights. The road leading to the Calvary Chapel and the Kós Károly Lookout Tower promises fabulous views, while the István Szőnyi Memorial Museum and the Museum of Shipping History await those arriving in Zebegény with a unique atmosphere and valuable sights. If you are in the village, be sure to take a walk along the waterfront or arrive by boat to the charming village.
Márianosztra, Basilica of Our Lady of the Hungarians
Márianosztra is a beautiful settlement hidden in one of the most beautiful parts of the Börzsöny. The village is a special sacral place, a Shrine of Mary, and a place of pilgrimage. One of the main attractions of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Hungarians of the Order of Paulos is the icon depicting the Black Madonna, which came to Hungary from the headquarters of the Pauline Order in Poland. Many legends are associated with the monastery built against the walls of the temple. Thousands of people come to the shrine every year as part of an organized pilgrimage or by an independent route.
Adventure farms, animal parks
In the vicinity of Vác, there are several animal parks waiting for the apraja-grand of the family with fun animals, a cozy petting zoo and close-to-nature experiences. Nagymaros is one of the most popular destinations, visiting the Törökmező Small Animal Park with children is an unmissable program, which you can also combine with hiking. In the area's theme farms and animal parks, alpacas, goats, deer, deer, and bears will put a smile on your face. Don't miss the fun program!
Vác is a real star trekking center, thanks to which many excursion centers, excursion sites and educational trails can be reached from the city. Naszály and Börzsöny invite you with fresh air and amazing views, while in the excursion centers there is a mini zoo, several adventure parks, educational trails and even an Ant Railway. If you are planning a family program for one or even several days, visit the excursion centers of the area and enjoy the active leisure programs of the left bank of the Danube. The experience is unforgettable!
Did you know that there were once more than 200 kilometers of light rail in Börzsöny? Stop driving, explore Börzsöny with the forest railway! The hustle and bustle will be a great experience for all members of the family, and even a train ride is a great choice for a dog trip. Try the Szob-Nagybörzsöny and Kismaros-Királyrét sections, train in Kemenc or test one of the driving tracks in the area, you will definitely not be disappointed. In addition, forest trains come to beautiful excursion destinations.
Great Cold Mountain, Csóványos
If you are not afraid of levelling up while hiking and experience the difficult climbs as an adventure, complete the famous Börzsönyi tour! Take aim at the 865-meter-high Great Cold Mountain, where you can even ski in winter, then climb the Csóványos, which is the highest peak of the Börzsöny. Along the way, you'll be trekking streams and chirping birds in the fresh air, which is an unparalleled experience in itself. You are guaranteed to mention this tour many times.
Mikszáth Kálmán Memorial House, Horpács
The mansion in Horpács was designed by Kálmán Mikszáth, son of Kálmán Mikszáth and Kálmán Mikszáth, and an exhibition on the history of literature was opened in the building on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the writer's birth. The exhibition also preserves the writer's manuscripts and objects of use. In the park of the Mikszáth Memorial Museum, many protected plants still live today, the place is now a nature reserve. In front of the building, as well as in the garden, several statues commemorate the writer and his wife.
The legendary Nógrád Castle was built before 1108 in Börzsöny, and due to its interesting historical past and panorama, it attracts thousands of hikers to Nógrád every year. The ruined old tower of the castle, which once stood proudly, is already waving to you from afar, but due to a lightning strike, the inner castle has been practically destroyed, so you can only walk around its ruins. The one-hour visit to the castle with children is also a great program, you can also have a picnic on Castle Hill, while enjoying a fabulous view of the surrounding landscape.