Shepherds' Festival Hortobágy National Park and Equestrian Days
The Hortobagy Shepherds' Festival is one of the biggest equestrian events in Hungary held every summer.
Visitors have the opportunity to meet herdsmen who even to this day look after gray cattle and keep the pastoral traditions. Spactators will be able to see terrific horse shows, Gulyas soup competition and enjoy some folk music and dance performances.
Hortobagy is a national park and the biggest plain in Central Europe, the region is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It is Hungary's largest protected area, and the largest natural grassland in Europe with cattle, sheep, oxen, and horses, tended by herdsmen, and it provides habitat for various species (342 bird species have been documented, including the Common Crane, Dotterel, Stone Curlew and Great Bustard). One of its most iconic sites is the Nine-holed Bridge. Traditional T-shaped sweep wells dot the landscape.
While you are here it is worth visiting the town of Debrecen the centre of this region.
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