Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Hodmezovasarhely Map

Selection of Hodmezovasarhely maps

One of the best is Google's digital map. You can find streets and even numbers and since January you can find Google maps traffic data.

Nagyobb térképre váltás

Google Satellite Maps - the quality is outstanding in and around Hodmezovasarhely.

Nagyobb térképre váltás    Hodmezovasarhely swimming pool satellite map

 A HISZI maps - you can also see the streets in these maps one of its advantages is that you can also find local businesses. Its size is changeable but it is a bit time cosuming to use.

HISZI maps

 A's map is less detailed but it is especially useful for drivers. You can see the different types of roads, the city you are looking for can be found in a red circle.

Telepuleskereso maps

A Viamichelin map is mostly a route planner, very precise and useful for those travelling by car.You can only see the main streets in city maps.

Viamichelin maps

Downloadable and printable Hodmezovasarhely city centre maps (jpg):
  Hodmezovasarhely zsebterkep

Downloadable and printable Hodmezovasarhely maps with sights (jpg):
  Hodmezovasarhely maps

Hodmezovasarhely maps

Hodmezovasarhely maps (GIF)

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Animal Husbandry and Agricultural Fair in Hodmezovasarhely

One of the most important festivals in the region is the Animal Husbandry and Agricultural Fair in Hodmezovasarhely. This year it is between 6th – 8th May. Usually it is at the last weekend of April, which is the closest to St George’s day buti n 2011 it is Easter so the date was changed. At least we’ll have a bigger chance for warm, sunny weather. It’s not very enjoyable when it’s raining. It will be the eighteenth time this agricultural fair has been organised. In the old time there were exhibitions related only to animals but since 2005 agriculture and cultivation is also significant part of the exhibition. Apart from the six branches of animal husbandry which is present at the fair in Hodmezovasarhely, such as horse, cattle, pig, sheep, goat and poultry you will be able to see related agricultural exhibitions from the top companies.
Organizers in Hodmezovasarhely try to bring the latest methods and developments available in a place where you can see the animals in traditional Hungarian thatched roofed outbuildings. The atmosphere is fantastic and it is the perfect place for not only professional people but also for families with children. There are games and competitions for children, they can stroke animals and see lots of interesting things. There are eateries all around the place where you can also try Hungarian beer and palinka. At the fair you can buy products of craftsmen from the region.  If you come by car you should expect smaller traffic jams ont he way to the fair but policemen will be quiding you to the parking spaces. You can come by bike as there is a bicycle lane leading to the agricultural exhibition but be prepared that it will be very crowded. It is one of the greatest festivals in Hodmezovasarhely and locals always do their best to make it a memorable weekend. Among the programmes there will be different animal judging, greyhound coursing race, parade of different horses, pony paus de deux, sheep clipping competition and many more. Don’t miss this opportunity to come to Hodmezovasarhely and enjoy a day or two close to nature and animals.

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Monday, 4 April 2011

Global Volunteers in Hodmezovasarhely

Last Saturday a team of Global Volunteers ( ) arrived in Hodmezovasarhely and will stay with us until the middle of April.

Global Volunteers

Hodmezovasarhely is the only town in Hungary that invited Global Volunteers. It is an apolitical, nonsecreterian organization doing all sorts of work worldwide. They would go to any place basically but they have to be asked. Our local government asked them to come here and they did. In Hodmezovasarhely they have been teaching English to primary and secondary students for many years. They join English lessons in local schools and encourage students to use the English language. Most students are very happy to realize they can understand native speakers and become more confident. In my opinion their work is very important as students both young and older see what the point is in learning a language.
The volunteers are extremely popular they keep saying they're greeted even in the streets and sometimes invited to homes. They also give free lessons during their stay in Hodmezovasarhely in Nemeth Laszlo Primary and Secondary Grammar School (Hodmezovasarhely, Ormos Ede u. 18). The lessons will be between 4:30 and 6:30 pm on every weekday.
Nemeth Laszlo Primary and Secondary Grammar School

Friday, 1 April 2011

Hodmezovasarhely Kossuth Square

I would like to show you the centre of Hodmezovasarhely the most important square with the help of 360 Cities, an interactive map. You will see the buildings in the square and I give you some information about the buildings. It was taken last year and Kossuth square doesn't show its best face as there are no flowers. It's much nicer when everything is green and blooming. I'll post some photos later.

                                  Hódmezővásárhely - Kossuth tér in Hodmezovasarhely
Panorámafotó: Illés Tibor
ITB Panoráma Fotó, Szeged

When you switch on the map the first building to appear is the building of the former National Bank. It was designed by Miksa Muller, an architect from Szeged, and was built in 1906-1907. Its dome is remarkable and on top of that you can see the sculpture of Mercury who was the god of trade in Greek mythology. There are more reference to the function of the building. There are two sculptures, a man and a woman, representing thrift and agriculture on the facade and also a beehive. It is a very fine example of secessionist architecture.
Next to the bank on the right you can find the Gorog palota or Greek Palace. On the ground floor you can find a supermarket and on the first floor there are flats. It is quite an old building but I have no idea why it is called Greek palace.
On the right on the other side of the road the orange and yellow palace is called Lotta palace. Its owner was a woman of Greek origin so it might have something to do with the name of the previous house. Until 1908 it was grey and some locals called it grey palace. After that when it lost its grey colour people started to call it Lotta palace referring to the name of the owner. It was one of the first buildings in the town with more than one floors.
Next to Lotta palace there is a newly built building where you can find OTP, a Hungarian bank and ATMs.
If you look at the map at the background you can see a building with blue tiles on it. That's Sarokhaz, a cafe which is one of the few where you can still smoke. It's strange as it operates as a confectionary as well. You can have alcohol too. When the weather is nice it has an outdoor terrace which is a very good place with children as there's no traffic around and they can run around on the lawn.
Next to Sarokhaz still in the background you can find the Old Reformed Church. Apart from its obvious religious functions it was a place from where people checked the enemy coming, fires and floods. It is built in Baroque style in the 17th-18th century. In 1741-42 a wall ws built around the church which can still be seen. During school students from Bethlen Gabor Reformed Grammar Scool students come to church service On Mondays and Fridays in the morning at 7:30 so it can bee quite crowded then.
In the foreground you can see the statue of Kossuth. He was a well known figure as a freedom fighter and bellwether of democracy in Europe. He was one of the most important figure in the Hungarian revolution and war of independence. Hodmezovasarhely local government  decided to erect the statue in 1894. The finished statue was put on this place on 22nd March 1903 where Kossuth delivered a speech in Hodmezovasarhely while recruiting soldiers for the war. The statue was made by Ede Kallos a famous artist born in Hodmezovasarhely.