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Gyula region for Seniors - 2 days



How long it takes?
2 days
Best vehicle choice for this plan:
car
public transport
bus
This region is famous for:
Baths, Spas  and Beaches
Thermal baths, Spas and Healing resources
Castles, Forts, Palaces
Culture and monuments
Gyula region
Seniors
Day 1
Gyula Castle

This grand Gothic border fortress was once one of the three strongest in the country. It was not built from rocks and stones, but from bricks fired from clay dug up from the Körös Rivers. After the 129 years of Ottoman rule, it was used as a brewery, pálinka house, archives and even a prison. Today, it functions as a museum with 24 rooms, presenting relics from the rich past of the town.

Almásy Castle Visitor Centre in Gyula

A chance to get to know the castle in a truly unique fashion, and even have a peek behind the scenes. The exhibition is a very different experience: in addition to information on the life of the noblemen who lived in the vast rooms of this aristocratic home, you can also learn about how the staff of the house lived in the past and what secrets the castle hides. You will also have a chance to meet the butler, the shoeshine-boy and the former housekeeper in an exciting, interactive experience.

City tour on a train on wheels

Why not choose a comfortable way to discover the town? The train on wheels is very popular in Gyula: Thomas, the engine, leaves from the entrance of the castle and visits the most important sights in the town, returning to the start after a 30-minute ride. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the experience.

Day 2
Gyula Castle Spa

Take a pleasant stroll from the castle to reach the Gyula Castle Spa and AquaPalace. This is one of the most pleasant and highest-quality spas and baths in the Great Plain area. It’s an outstanding destination for anyone looking to relax and enjoy themselves, no matter what time of the year you visit. The special sauna park, the wellness centre with its many fun attractions, the wave pool and the swimming pool are situated in the middle of an ancient park full of rare plants.

Hundred‑Year‑Old Confectionery

One of the essential places to visit if you are in Gyula. The name is no exaggeration. Established 180 years ago, it was the first of such confectioneries in the town, and the second in Hungary. This lovely, fine-smelling cake shop was set up in a beautiful building built for the upper middle class. Today, you will find a Confectionery Museum where the old pastry-making shop was in the past. Beware, you may have a hard time choosing from the many mouth-watering delicacies: the Erkel and Munkácsy cakes are the confectionery’s specialities, but traditional cakes and handmade chocolates and ice-creams are also temptingly delicious.

During your visit

Spirits
Plum pálinka from Békés must be made from raw materials grown in a 30-kilometre radius of the valley of the Körös rivers. It must also be made from a specific kind of fruit. It is produced locally using a traditional method, but is not consumed just by locals. The plum pálinka from Békés benefits from geographical protection, and is well known beyond the borders of Hungary. A tour of the traditional flavours of Békés county should definitely include a taste of this pálinka.
Gastronomy
You’ll definitely want to eat before you even get to the end of the sentence. Just two short words: Gyula sausage. One of the best-known products in Hungary has been made for a long time, gaining international fame in 1910, when it was awarded the gold medal at the Brussels World’s Fair. The original recipe for Gyula sausage was invented by a butcher, András Stéberl. Just one more thing you absolutely must try when in Gyula.

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