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Heritage, a bridge which connects past and future. It refers to values, which we would like to preserve and pass over to future generations. In the year 1972 a list of natural and cultural treasures was set up by the UNESCO. The Lagoons of Venice, the Big Wall of China, the Taj Mahal in India, Luther Monuments in Germany or the Stock Exchange of Silk in Valencia became parts of it. This list of the World's Heritages contains today 506 famous monuments - appr. one fifth of this list contains cultural monuments - the rest refers to natural territories. Hungary had submitted five applications, up to 1999 all the applications have been approved and have become parts of these lists. We have organised a 5-day-trip in Hungary in order to visit three of these sights under an appropriate guidance.

1st day

Arrival in Győr (Western part of Hungary), dinner and overnight in the hotel.

2nd day

After breakfast departure to Pannonhalma (World's Cultural Heritage) "Your ancestors became aware of their belonging to the Church by their baptizing. Your ancestors, which were the old inhabitants of Pannonia, found in their belonging to Christ a deep cultural identity and became a nation in a new way. The millennium of Pannonhalma is a real part of the heritage." These were the words of Pope John Paul II. when in 1996 he wanted to get acquainted with the present members of the Benedictian Community, whose ancestors had settled down on the Hill of St. Martin 1000 years ago. We are going to visit this thousand years old monastery. The written document of the foundation was issued in 1002 by our first king Steven, and the monastery became the starting point of Christian mission in Transdanubia, and the first school in Hungary. We visit the Chapel of St. Benedict, the Closter, a monument of the 13th century, the Porta Speciosa and the valuable library. Lunch in the Monastery's restaurant in the village. We continue to Budapest. After dinner we start for a short sightseeing in the illuminated city and we finish on the top of the Gellért Hill, lit up by torches and while sipping a glass of Tokaj wine we watch the beautiful view of Budapest.

3rd day

"Europe has three pearls: Venice on the water, Buda on the hill and Florence in the plane." (travellers in the middle ages)

Today you are going to get acquainted with one of these pearls, Budapest. It is quite rare that a big city has at the same time space - as the Danube promenade -  and intimacy - as the Downtown - and also historical atmosphere - like the Castle District. The Convention of the World's Cultural Heritages listed on its 11th session in December 1987 Budapest, "the View of both banks from the Margaret Bridge to the Gellért Hill, and the Castle District of Buda".  "I am always happy, if I think of Budapest. The poetic beauty of the city, the love of the Hungarian people call me back again and again." (Luciano Pavarotti) Dinner with wine and cymbal music. Overnight in Budapest.

4th day

Today we start to the Northern part of Hungary. Close to Budapest we visit the Castle of Gödöllő (Empress Elisabeth/Sissi). We continue to Hollókő.

In a peaceful scenery surrounded by hills and cultivated fields there is a small village of white painted houses and a church with a wooden tower and roof. The oldest lady of 450 inhabitants has her traditional costume for festivities on. The girls and younger women also wear valuable costumes, they have sometimes six, eight or ten snow white petticoats and on the top a red or blue skirt with a pleated apron. This is a village of museums and in spite of this full of life. To the World's Heritage belong 55 monuments and the territory under natural protection makes 144 Ha. In Hollókő past, present and future meet each other. Lunch by the village families.

We continue to Eger (a baroque city in the North). Dinner with wine tasting in the region. Overnight in Eger.

5th day

Walking tour in Eger, visiting the Fortress. We proceed to Aggtelek and there we visit a stalactite cave.

The Baradla stalactite cave is one of the biggest in Europe and belongs to the UNESCO World's Natural Heritage. According to the opinion of different scientists it belongs to the most extraordinary geological and geographical pieces of the world. It is 17 km long and has an underground creek, a festive hall, stalactites in diverse sizes, consequently a fabulous world of fairy tales.

We return to Budapest. Overnight in Budapest.

6th day

You leave Budapest via Danube Bend.