Sóstó ZOO

The award-winning Nyíregyháza Zoo, located just a few minutes' walk from Aventinus Hotel, is situated in a 30-hectare oak forest, where 500 species with 5,000 individuals live in enclosures close to their natural habitats. Wherever possible, dry ditches or moats, instead of bars, separate guests from the animals. When you visit here, you will truly feel like you are adventuring in the wild. Rare and exceptional animals, such as Sumatran tigers, Komodo dragons, or Indian rhinoceros, are displayed continent-wise, offering a real trip around the world.


Aquarius Experience Bath

The 1.7-hectare bath complex features a wave pool, slides (kamikaze, family, giant, black hole, racing, and elephant slides), a lazy river, children's pools, an Inca temple, and a treasure island. If you are seeking excitement, you will find everything here. You can slide down the kamikaze slide, try out the wave pool, and brave the lazy river. The Children's World is a true jungle. Embark on an adventure between the vines and the lost treasures of the Inca Empire on Captain Jack Sparrow's pirate ship. If you prefer thermal waters, the Thermal World promises real rejuvenation with its iodine-bromine medicinal water.


Sóstó Museum Village

Hungary's largest regional open-air museum portrays a never-existed village. The museum village transports you back to a 19th-century rural environment, where you can learn how the poor and middle peasants, as well as the minor nobility, lived at the time, what they did, what they ate, and what their customs were like. You can also sit at the old school desks, walk through the workshop alley, which includes an old blacksmith's shop, a barber shop, or even enter the wooden-ceilinged church located in the center of the village. Learn about the pálinka culture of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, the three protected fruit spirits: Szabolcs apple, Szatmár plum, and Újfehértó sour cherry pálinka. The Museum Village's neighboring Pálinkaház provides space for exhibitions, educational presentations, and corporate events.


Nyíregyháza City Center

In a nutshell, the city's history can be summarized as follows: archaeological research suggests that the area has been inhabited since the 10th century. Nevertheless, it is considered one of the relatively young settlements, as significant changes occurred in the 18th century. In 1753, Slovak settlers, known today as "tirpáks," arrived and lived in so-called bush farms surrounding the city, giving the city a unique structure. The most important event in the lives of Nyíregyháza's residents was the redemption of their feudal rights in 1824, granting the city status in 1837. Today, a vibrant, charming, and beautiful city welcomes its guests. Parks, squares, vast green areas, modern and old buildings shape the cityscape, which has managed to preserve its old, intimate atmosphere. The city's famous native, Mihály Váci, described the city center as follows: "...not a historical city. It is not associated with battles, peace treaties, nor does it have numerous historical landmarks with royal footprints...," but its beauty and atmosphere captivate visitors. The Kossuth Square in the city center is adorned with a decorative surface featuring nine circular mosaics representing the planets, symbolizing the solar system. The most prominent building on the square is the City Hall, designed by Károly Benkó, featuring an arcaded entrance, Renaissance atmosphere, and eclectic style, built in 1872. In the center of the square rises the monument of Lajos Kossuth, created by Gyula Bethlen. The impressive County Hall, an eclectic and historicist building, stands in Heroes' Square a few minutes' walk away. In the niches of the facade are statues by Kallós Ede, representing Szabolcs the leader, and King Stephen. In the courtyard, you can find the statues of Count Menyhért Lónyay (1871-72) and Kállay Miklós (1942-1944), both former prime ministers of the county.



The district that also houses Aventinus Hotel is Nyíregyháza-Sóstógyógyfürdő. It's a place where distances don't matter because every attraction is within arm's reach. A park that tells the story of Sóstó's past A hundred years ago, the forest extended to the lake's shore, but now only a few old oaks serve as a reminder. The park took its present form in 1912. The entrance is marked by the Székelykapu gate, designed by István Dienes in 1927. Sóstógyógyfürdő, a famous spa town located just 6 kilometers from the city center, is renowned for its healing waters. It is situated on the edge of the oak forest that surrounds the city, beside the salty lake. In the lake, you can not only swim but also go boating, ride water bicycles, and fish. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy a running track. Sóstó Lake – known for its therapeutic waters during the reign of King Matthias Back in the era of King Matthias, the lake was known as Igrice, and it wasn't until several centuries later that it became known as Sóstó Lake. The new name was thanks to its high sodium and salt content. During the summer, soda was produced from the deposits on the lake's shore, which was more profitable at that time than the lake's healing water. Recognizing the beneficial physiological effects of the lake, in the early 1800s, a bathhouse was built at the location of today's Hotel Fürdőház. Guests bathed in the lake, heated in cauldrons. Over time, the cauldrons were replaced with marble tubs. The prestigious building we see today was constructed based on István Pazár's plans in 1911. The Island of Lovers The lakebed was reorganized several times, creating the island seen today. It is said that once upon a time, a cozy party house stood on the island, complete with live music and dancing. Therefore, it was a place of merriment for young people. However, on one summer night, a sudden storm swept in out of nowhere and washed the party house into the lake. Those young people who were spending the evening there, along with the musicians, drowned in the water. To this day, you can sometimes hear a faint violin melody from under the water.


Sóstó Musical Fountain

The Nyíregyháza musical fountain burst into the public consciousness with its spectacular show elements. In front of the adventure bath, it captivates passersby on an approximately 500 square meter water surface with sound and light effects. The fountain plays well-known hits, becoming an instant favorite of both adults and children. The water display follows the rhythm of the music, featuring classical pieces by Ferenc Erkel, Queen's hits, fairy tale and movie scores, as well as Hungarian pop music. The fountain can create a dynamic water display rarely seen in Europe, even showcasing Nyíregyháza's tourism video in the mist. The fountain operates seasonally, from spring to autumn, taking into account weather conditions, in the park in front of the Aquarius Adventure Bath.


Churches of Nyíregyháza

Five major denominations, five grand churches - all within walking distance in the beautiful city center of Nyíregyháza. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often do not even notice that we pass by the churches of various denominations every day. These churches are significant not only from a religious perspective but also because of their artistic, aesthetic, and historical value to the city. They tell us about the history of the old town, its past inhabitants, and we can admire the countless small details with which their creators adorned them. Discover our churches: • Our Lady of Hungary Co-Cathedral (Roman Catholic Church) - a gift from the cardinal. • Lutheran Church and the mysterious golden sphere. • Reformed Church in the spirit of simplicity and romance. • Greek Catholic Church - icons and liturgy. • Synagogue - the largest active prayer house in the area.


Tuzson János Botanical Garden

Visit the adventurous garden. On a 5.6-hectare area, more than 2,500 plant species from nearly every corner of the world thrive. The enchanting garden is located next to the Sóstó Forest, near the Nyíregyháza University. In its greenhouses, you can find plants from tropical regions, orchids, palms, cacti, banana trees, special rarities such as insect-eating plants or the Amazonian water lily, which captivates everyone with its beauty. In their outdoor areas, the splendor of annual flowers, the Japanese garden, the rock garden, and the pine rhododendron offer unforgettable sights. In the Rose Garden, out of the world's 200 types of roses, 104 varieties, nearly 1,800 bushes, bloom in the summer.


Máriapócs – the National Place of Pilgrimage

Every year, several hundred thousand pilgrims and tourists visit the miraculous "weeping Virgin Mary icon" in Máriapócs. It's worth paying a visit to the Baroque church where even Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage, breaking away from the everyday worries, and taking a moment to reflect in front of the beautiful iconostasis.



Discover the legends of the Báthory family and visit the Báthory Castle. Then step into the Gothic churches built by the Báthory family and take a glimpse of medieval life from the church tower.


Tokaj – the World-Famous Wine Region

Just half an hour away from Nyíregyháza lies the land of Tokaj wines, which you can comfortably reach even by bike on the well-established bike path. Taste the world-renowned Tokaj wines and learn the secrets of making aszú wines.


Kállósemjén – Home of Hungary's Former Prime Minister

Visit the Kállay Mansion, awakened from the Sleeping Beauty dream, which evokes the spirit of the past. You can even try out the original Ford Model A used by Prime Minister Kállay Miklós.

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