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An Excursion to Bükk National Park

Just to the northeast of Eger lies the Bükk mountain range, a lush, rugged terrain of cliffs and forest land. Established in 1976 this region encompasses the Bükki Nemzeti Park (Bükk National Park; tel. 36/411-581; www.bnpi.hu/english). This mountainous national park presents a different persona with each season. If you visit in the spring, the palate of colors from countless wildflowers covering the backdrop will be your reward. The park is 43,200 hectares (106,750 acres) of which 97% is covered with forest. There are several unique and rare wildlife species in the mountains; more than 900 caves are known to exist. There are also numerous hiking trails. In the village of Szilvásvárad, you will discover where the world-famous Lippizaner horses are bred. The Lippizaners have more than 400 years of history in this area. You are able to discover the area by horseback. On the Szilvásváradi rail line, you can take a narrow gauge train along a 5km (3 mile) railway line through the mountains going through trout ponds and ending at Veil Waterfall, where the water falls 17m (56 ft) and resembles a gauzy veil. From here, you can hike to the prehistoric Istállóskö Cave or to the Bükk Plateau.

A public bus from Eger stops here.

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