Our small village being found at the foot of the Northern Bükk Montain is a settlement situated on one of the most beautiful place of our region. Visitors are welcome by our community living here. Dédestapolcsány is situated in the fabolous valley of the Bán river and borders the Bükk National Park and the Lázbérc Reservoir, a Distric of Landscape Conservatorion. At the time of the Hungarian conquest the Bükk Mountain 90-95 percent was covered by forest. Our community was formed in this... tovább trackless forest and it has survived the tempest of the history for one thousand years. It has grawn and has passed the test of the times. We inherited an everlasting value from our fathers – it is the love for our homeland.
Dédestapolcsány was established in 1950 by combining two villages dating back to the 10th century: Dédes and Bántapolcsány. They used to be lived by villeins. Dédes is one of the earliest protestant settlements, it had its own church in 1576.
Tourists and guests wanting to have a good rest can find comfortable accomodations in private houses or boarding houses.
Suggested walking tours: The starting point of our walk is Dédestapolcsány House of Handicrafts where the Tourinform Office is situated (24 Petőfi Road Dédestapolcsány). You can get maps of the settlement here and publications about the sights you are going to visit. The Handicraft House was created to give the artisans of Dédestapolcsány a chance to display their wares to the visiting tourists. Here you can try some of the handicrafts while there are still sites to see, programmes and other attractions in the village. The "House" which was recently renovated is located in the centre of the settlement. The Handicraft House provides some freetime activities for both visitors who are staying in Dédestapolcsány and those who are just passing by. The blacksmith's forge which is kept in its original form from the 19th century can be seen here. Visitors can try the bellows made of horse leather, try the anvil and discover the steps of making hemp products. Visitors can use the "szátyva" (loom) and the distaff, too. Visitors can also see the local old women baking bread in a special oven built in the yard of the „House”. Not too far from the Tourinform Office, in the cemetery you can see the tomb of Árpád Lajos. He was a famous ethnographer – museologist of Miskolc Herman Ottó Museum. His oeuvre, his fieldwork is bound up with the valley of the Bán river. The local primary school is named after Árpád Lajos. If we go to the centre of the village, 50 metres far from the Tourinform Office it is worth visiting the vet, Dr. Miklós Kiss, who has a collection of over 2000 items of crockery and pottery. The plates, tea cups, bowls and much besides are from nearby factories, as well as from Czech and German language areas. Walking down Petőfi Road 100 metres you can visit the Protestant church. A census from 1595 informs about the first church of Dédes protestant community, wich was the medieval church of Catholic people being converted to Protestant belief, and stood on the place of the contemporary Catholic church. The Protestant church of today was built from 1800 to 1801 in late – Baroque style. After looking at the Protestant church our walk leads to the Monument of the War Dead, witch commemorates the victims of the First end Second World Wars. Walking down the village you can see a lot of beautiful houses keeping the forms of the traditional rustic architecture. If you look around carefully, you can see some houses with special porches, which have tops made of original slate from the valley of the Bán river. In the past the houses used to be covered by this slate. But when its mining was wound up, it was followed by tile. Going down Hunyadi Road about 150 metres turn to the right at the bridge and you can find the Catholic church. It was built in 1820 on the rock above Dédestapolcsány. According to the oral tradition cloister of the Pálos monastic order stood on its plaace.The sight from this rock to the village and the further countryside is fascinating. Opposite the church the ecletic building of the Serényi mansion stands. It was built in 1903. Continuing our walk in the main road, after 200 metres we reach the boundary of the village. The last station of our walk is Dédes castle. From the boundary after walking 2 kilometres we get the castle by the trail-marking. Marvellous sight can be enjoyed from the 579 – meter – high frustum of cone shaped limestone cliff where the ruins of castle are situated. The castle was built by ban Ernye after the Tatar invasion. The Turkish conquerors pulled it down in 1567 and it has never been rebuilt since that time. Dédestapolcsány selfgovernment is having one wall of the castle restored by the help of an application now. We are all looking forward to the finds dug by the archeologists. After having a rest, you can go back to the Tourinform Office by a regular bus from the youth camp. Arriving at the House of Handicrafts the tired visitors (after a prevous order) can be offered by in oven baked bread or fried dough made by local women.
Have a nice time in Dédestapolcsány!
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