Northern Hungary offers two delightful and completely contrasting types of scenery: the forested uplands of the north, and the plain which borders them to the south and east, threaded with romantic river meadows.
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The mountain regions of Mátra and Bükk are richly stocked with game, attracting hunters year after year. The country’s anglers are also drawn to Northern Hungary; the Tisza and Bodrog rivers are described as an anglers’ paradise. The best trout in the country can be caught in a picturesque mountain stream in the Bükk. At the foot of the uplands lie the vineyards responsible for two world-famous Hungarian products: Tokay and Egri Bull’s Blood.
Fruit-farming predominates down on the plain. The produce of the many plum orchards of Szatmár and Bereg is used mainly to make dried prunes, puree or plum brandy. Around Szabolcs, on the other hand, it is the huge plantations of apple orchards that characterize the countryside. The sandy soils of Nyírség, meanwhile, produce the best potatoes in the country.
The easternmost part of the country has barely opened up to tourism. Those who do venture into the small, secluded villages here will not only encounter a friendly welcome, but may also be fortunate enough to sample some rare delicacies.