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Szekszárd

Szekszárd is a city in Hungary and the capital of Tolna county. By population, Szekszárd is the smallest county capital in Hungary and by area it is the second-smallest. It is also near to Pécs, aproximately 60 km by car or bus. 

The picturesque slopes with its modern streets and squares call the attention, whatever direction the traveller comes. Szekszárd nowadays draws a picture of familiar atmosphere and modern town. The county town of Tolna county lies at the meeting point of Great Plain and Transdanubian Hill. The town kept growing in the valley of Remete patak (Séd patak) in the lap of hills of Szekszárd and the Great Plain.

The Great Plain is connected with the gently slooping Mezőföld and Transdanubian Hills by Sárköz and Gemenc which is a favourite trekking spot of locals. Szekszárd has a good reputation for viticulture which praises the wiseness and competence for locals. 

Main sights

  • Old county hall 
  • Augusz manor 
  • Deutsche Bühne, Ungarn
  • Birthplace of Mihály Babits, museum
  • Ruins of Benedictine monastery
  • János Garay Square and Statue

Gemenc Forest, Danube- Dráva National Park 

The Gemenc forest can be found less than six kilometers from Szekszárd, which has been part of the Danube-Drava National Park since 1996. This flood area forest along the banks of the Danube is one of the treasures of Europe, where the lush vegetation gives shelter to the native red deer and wild boar. You can also see the black stork here, which is considered a rarity even Europe.

There are many options for exploring the beautiful forest in the Danube flood basin: on foot or by bicycle, with an organized guided tour, by mini-railway, boat, catamaran, canoe or horse drawn carriage. 

Links for further information

Description of Szekszárd- link

Official website of Szekszárd- link

Description of Gemenc Forest- link