European Diploma for Protected Areas: Awarded Areas in Hungary

Ipolytarnóc Fossils Nature Conservation Area

Ipolytarnóc is above all a paleontological site of major importance, originating in a volcanic eruption which, as in the case of Pompeii, buried under ash what are now petrified trees, animal fossils, other trace fossils, leaf imprints etc. This disaster occurred some 19.6 million years ago. The site got state protection in 1944, it is a favourite geotourism centre now showing in situ sheltered excavation areas. The first documented scientific exploration started in 1836 there. Since 1986 guided tours provide geoheritage interpretation for the public on the main geological study trail. Ipolytarnóc Fossils is the main gateway to the world’s first transborder geopark, the Slovak-Hungarian Novohrad Nógrád Geopark. The Bükk National Park Directorate manages the site, safeguarding its famous natural assets. To raise public awareness and maintain controlled tourism the Directorate has established several study paths at the buffer zone of the site.

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Szénas Hills Protected Area

Dolomite mountains - important natural genetic resources - extremely rich in unique endemic and relict species (floral richness - original absence of forest) - unique and specific area even at European level both from scientific and educational viewpoints.

For information:
Duna-Ipoly Nemzeti Park Igazgatóság (Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate)
H-1525 BUDAPEST Pf. 86
Húvösvölgyi út 52

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Tihany Peninsula

Tihany Peninsula is famous for its Volcanic Phenomena and for the exceptional interest of its geological, geomorphologic and volcanic formations.


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