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