Varied wetland habitat is one of the greatest natural values of Hungary including thermal springs, clean mountain springs, marshes and lakes. The town of Tata is not just rich in such values but makes serious efforts to preserve and show them to visitors. Tata has been one of the sites on the list of wetlands of international importance by the Ramsar Convention since the 1990s. The town has implemented an environmental policy accordingly to protect water birds and encourage locals to save this wonderful ecological community. In return, thousands of waterfowls and other migratory birds chose the lake to be their shelter in spring and autumn.
But the town and Öreg-tó (Old Lake) offers a variety of further attractions both natural and cultural, which you can explore during several thematic tours. Information boards on both sides of the lake, at the plane-tree near the castle and in the parking lot at the holiday houses display local natural and cultural values along nature trails. You tell about the history of the town, local wetland and forest habitats and pass mills, churches, castles, mine pits, lakes and springs.
Explore this exciting place, where nature and history blends near a glimmering lake.
- No doubt Tata is the town of waters and most of its events are themed accordingly. Check out its summer festival, the fishing festival or waterfowl festival in autumn.
- Besides exploring nature include cultural attractions in your visit.
- Near Old Lake the nature trails of Cseke-tó and Fényes-forrás are also well-worth the visit.
- Kálvária Hill nearby offers the geosite of Gerecse Mountains at a former mine pit and the most beautiful view in the town from Fellner Jakab Lookout Tower. Guided tours are available to explore underground wonders of the area. It is a short detour from Esterházy Castle on the lakeside along Fazekas Street.
- Check local classic style coffee shops and cake shops.
- The inhabited side of the lake is less shady. Makes sure to have proper sun protection.
- A few minutes’ walk from “Tata, autóbusz állomás” (bus station) to the starting point along Váralja Street.
- From train stop “Tata, tóvároskert” follow Baji Street, however, it is worth taking the first right and visit Cseke-tó.
- Park your car next to the bus station in the parking lot in front of the shop and pharmacy.
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