This region where the southern counties of Transdanubia – Somogy, Tolna and Baranya – are located is surrounded by water from almost every side: from the south by the River Dráva, from the east by the River Danube, from the north by Lake Balaton.
The picturesque beauty of the slopes and valleys of the Somogy and Tolna Hills, the small villages hiding in the forests of Mecsek, the abundant forests of the Danube and Dráva valleys, the series of historical towns, the shallow waters at the southern shore of Lake Balaton have something interesting for everyone.
This region preserves many historical monuments. The buildings of Pécs relate the history of 2000 years for attentive visitors. The Benedictine abbey church and castle at nearby Pécsvárad, built in 1015, is a marvellous example of Romanesque architecture. A memento of heroic but tragic events in Hungarian history can be seen at the monuments of Mohács and Szigetvá r. Besides its castle, Siklós is also famous for its buildings dating back to Turkish times. After the Turkish rule, German and Southern Slavic families were settled into the deserted settlements. Mohács has a Greek Orthodox church and the famous busó parade, Magyaregregy has a cottage presenting German county life to remind us of our minorities.
Duna-Dráva National Park includes on of the richest nature reserves in Hungary: Gemenc. Its intact forests and marshy lakes host noble game, protected rare birds, and unique plant communities. The centre of Zselic Nature Reserve Area is the beautiful resort village of Szenna. Within Mecsek, Abaliget is famous for its dripstone cave of healing air, besides it is an excellent spa resort. Southwestern Hungary is extremely rich in medicinal waters. The most famous spas include Babócsa, Dombóvár-Gunarasfürdõ, Harkány, Magyarhertelend, Nagyatád and Tamá si in this region.
The most excellent red wine districts are located in this region:. The Villány- Siklós wine district has several world- famous wine cellars producing excellent Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Kékoportó, and other noble wines. The wine districts of Mecsekalja, Szekszárd, and Tolna are also among the best.
One of the most famous and most beautiful garments and embroidery styles in Hungary come from the area of Buzsák. The cottage of Buzsák country life preserves beautiful pieces. German and Southern Slavic national costumes, folkweave, embroidery, or the famous black ceramics of Mohács potters can be seen at many country life cottages and museums. Eosin-glazed china produced by the Pécs Zsolnay factory is famous throughout the world; and we can find Zsolnay-made ceramic ornaments so often used in Art Nouveau architecture in nearly every town in Hungary.
Lake Balaton, the River Danube, the River Dráva, backwaters and lakes are perfect stamping grounds for anglers and watersport fans. Many opportunities are provided by the Danube backwater at Fadd, the already mentioned Abaliget, and Orfû as well. Besides its famous fish soup, Paks is just as famous for its waters for angling and watersports.
There are opportunities for horse riding at nearly every settlement or in their area. Just some examples are Pécsvárad, Mecseknádasd, Várda, or Sütvénypuszta.
However you wish to spend your free time: looking at cultural sights or entertaining yourselves free of cares, the southern Transdanubian region may be an ideal place for it.