Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County –nature, cultural tourism and the healing Sóstó(Salty Lake)


Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg is an administrative county in north-eastern Hungary, bordering Ukraine and Romania.

Its present territory is a result of the region planning from 1950 when Szabolcs and Szatmár Bereg were merged together. The total population of the county is of 560,000 and the capital city is Nyíregyháza, with 117,800 inhabitants. The county's landscape is diverse, varying from lowland to hills and many nature reserves are to be found here, attracting tourists with their rare flora and fauna. If you are interested in more exotic animal species you cannot miss the Sóstó Zoo from Nyíregyháza, one of Hungary's most popular objective.

Nyíregyháza awaits its visitors with a range of tourist sights, such as The Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic and Protestant Church, but also the Town Hall designed by Alpár Ignác, the Hungarian master of eclecticism. It is also worth visiting the Jósa András Museum, where prehistoric and Migration period artifacts are exhibited.

Only a few kilometers far from the city is Sóstó(Salty Lake), popular not only for the Zoo which is renowned throughout Europe. Sóstó has always been a notorious holiday destination, the  unspoilt beauty of its landscapes creating the perfect environment for relaxation and medical treatment. The thermal water heals not only the body, but also the soul. A few days spent here are enough to relieve the stress caused by the most demanding jobs.The Sóstó aquapark  is a suitable destination for the tourists who look for more vibrant entertainment.

One of the most interesting tourist attractions is the Vaja nature reserve, where nature lovers may discover  rare plants , dating back to the Ice Age, on the marshy islands. The lake is also used for fishing. There is a large number of stillwater fisheries in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county.

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