The word “Hollókő” translated into English means “raven stone”. And the Village of Hollókő is an ethnographic district where the traditional way of life is still alive. To visit Hollókő is like travelling back in time due to its beautiful old houses and colourful traditional costumes that the villagers wear.
The Old Village of Hollókő has been titled on a myriad of ocasstions as the most beautiful village in Hungary. It is located in the County of Nógrád in Northern Hungary as was aded to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in the year 1987.
The village of Hollókő, which developed mainly during the 17th and 18th centuries, is a living example of rural life before the agricultural revolution of the 20th century and represents the folk art and traditions of the palóc folk. The village has an area of 5,18 square kilometers, making it a perfect place to go sightseeing without the need to take public transportation. A stroll through the village is the perfect way to unwind and truly get to know the culture of Hungary.
There are several festivals held every year in the village. During easter, the locals dress up in traditional colorful costumes and the boys douse the girls with buckets of water to ensure they become good wives. In exchange for the dousing the girls, the boys are rewarded with Hungarian-decorated Easter eggs.
Must-see attractions in the village are:
– The protected part of the village – Lajos Kossuth and Sándor Petőfi streets, 55 houses
– Village Museum
– The House Of The Countryside
– The House Of The Weavers
– The exhibition of woodcarver Ferenc Kelemen
– The Roman Catholic Church