Northern Hungary

A Fairytale Escape: Unveiling the Hobbit Houses of Hercegkút

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There’s a place in Hungary where rolling green hills meet whimsical dwellings, a place that feels like stepping into a storybook. Nestled near the Tokaj wine region, known for its world-renowned sweet wines, lies the enchanting village of Hercegkút (pronounced Hair-tseg-koot). But Hercegkút’s magic isn’t found in its vineyards – it’s found in its houses.

Here, instead of towering brick buildings, you’ll find a cluster of charming, hobbit-like houses nestled into the hillside. Imagine round doorways, thatched roofs that seem to hug the ground, and walls adorned with a mosaic of colorful pebbles. These unique dwellings, known as “dombarlang” (dombarlang) which translates to “hill cave” in Hungarian, are Hercegkút’s claim to fame.

A History Steeped in Folklore

The origins of these dombarlangs are shrouded in a bit of mystery. Local legend whispers of Turkish refugees who built them centuries ago, seeking refuge and a place to blend in with the landscape. However, historians believe they were more likely built in the early 1900s as weekend retreats or storage spaces by residents of the nearby town of Mád.

Regardless of their exact origin, the dombarlangs became a popular choice for weekend getaways in the mid-20th century. Their unique design provided a cool escape from the summer heat, with the thick earth walls offering natural insulation. Over time, some dombarlangs were even expanded and converted into permanent residences.

A Modern Fairytale Escape

Today, Hercegkút offers a unique opportunity to experience a simpler, more nature-connected way of life. Several dombarlangs are now available for rent, allowing visitors to live out their very own hobbit fantasy. Imagine waking up to panoramic views of the Tokaj vineyards, breathing in the fresh country air, and perhaps even enjoying a glass of Tokaji wine on your private terrace.

Exploring Beyond the Dombarlangs

While the dombarlangs are undoubtedly the stars of the show, Hercegkút offers more than just whimsical dwellings. The village itself is a peaceful haven, perfect for nature lovers and those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hiking and biking trails weave through the surrounding hills, offering opportunities to explore the region’s natural beauty.

And of course, no trip to Hercegkút would be complete without experiencing the Tokaj wine region. Sample Hungary’s prized sweet wines at nearby wineries, learn about the unique growing conditions that contribute to their flavor profile, and perhaps even bottle your own souvenir.

A fair warning – Hercegkút’s charm is likely to cast a spell on you. So, pack your bags, embrace your inner hobbit, and prepare to be enchanted by this fairytale escape in the heart of Hungary.

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Benefits of our Hercegkút tours:

  • Personalized tour: Our experienced guides will tailor the tour to your interests and the time you have available.
  • Deeper insights: Our guides will not only tell you about the dombarlangs, but also about the history, culture, and gastronomy of the Tokaj wine region.
  • Comfortable excursion: The tour is organized with a professional driver, so you don’t have to worry about transportation.
  • Unique experience: The magical atmosphere of Hercegkút and the uniqueness of the dombarlangs will guarantee an unforgettable experience.
  • Contact us today and book your Hercegkút tour!

Other services we offer:

  • Accommodation in Hercegkút
    Tokaji wine tasting
    Individual excursions in the area
    Transfers from and to your hotel.