Hortobágy photoreport 2011

Famous nine-arch bridge in village Hortobágy is the longest stone bridge in Hungary. It is build over the swampy river Hortobágy and it is 170 meters long.

Informačné centrum NP Hortobágy 2

Hortobágy National Park Visitor Centre hides information materials about national park, short exhibition about the life at puszta, lecture rooms and souvenir shop.

Znak NP Hortobágy

Common Crane (Grus grus) – the main aim of our voyage – is also in the logo of national park.

Večerné pozorovanie žeriavov

Our first observation –

– and our first cranes.


Our temporary home in small town of Tiszafured.

Ranné pozorovanie žeriavov

We continue in the morning.

And cranes did not fail.

On Saturday morning there was a cattle fair near the Hortobágy village.

The size of Hungarian Grey Cattle evokes respect.

Herdsmen showing the cattle dressed in traditional costumes.


One of typical animals of pusta – hairy pigs mangalitsa.

Biely osol

White donkeys – breed known from our southern neighbors.

Hortobágy_Andrej BánWe mowed to the furthermost observation point at the Hortobágy Great Fishponds Halastó in a narrow gauge railway.

Pozorovateľňa na rybníkoch Halastó

Observation cottage at fishpond Kondás, the biggest one at fishpond system Halastó.

Fishponds are a perfect place for waterbird – from herons, geese and ducks to waders, birds of prey and song birds.

Numerous watchtowers and cottages are in national park Hortobágy a matter of course.

Scene from African savanna? No, water buffaloes are one of the animals bred at pusta for decades.


After a hard day we deserve proper lunch. And a traditional fishsoup halászlé simply has to be a part of it.

Somloi halušky ako majú byť

And dessert – somloi galuska, such you can taste only here.

Cranes – adults and juveniles.

A farewell to pusta –

Letiace žeriavy

– and cranes.

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