Welcome back friends, here, in Hungary! I just came from Transylvania, my pics are awaiting validation, but to keep interest and beguile the time, let's visit an other beautiful, baroque town near the Vienna-Budapest motorway.
Tata is town of waters, with two lakes, small ponds and more than one hundred springs. The town is situated on the shore of Old Lake (Oreg To). Human settlement existed in this area even 50,000 years ago. In the Middle Ages, Tata was a royal estate, its castle was built by Emperor Sigismund, who also was Hungarian king, and was completed before 1412.
In King Matthias' time the castle had four corner towers. Today stands only the eastern one. The Turks blew up the castle in 1683 where they had left the area. The remaining tower and wing were rebuilt in 1815 and given a Neo-Gothic appearance in 1893. The building now accommodates the Kuny Domokos Museum, which has an interesting collection on the history of the town. The castle is the home of the Festival of Water, Music and Flowers in spring. The other castle of town is a small Esterhazy Chateau near western shore of lake, but it's under renovation since many years. That Baroque complex was built according to the designs of Jakab Fellner in the 18th century and was the scene for an important event of history: Emperor Franz I and Napoleon concluded the Treaty of Schönbrunn here.
Of course, Tata is not only about castles and museums (there is an Ethnographic Museum of National Minorities also). Town has many parks and places for sports and hiking. There is a pathway around Old Lake, where you can walk under age-long trees or stop to watch canoes and wild geese on water (aviable with wheelchair, too). The People's Park is a 46 hectare conservation area on the shore of Lake Cseke with rare and extraordinary trees. It's established in the second half of the 18th century. The Hill of Calvary is also a nature protected area.
Other attractions of village are water mills. Tata was the town of water mills in the Turks time as well. The oldest one from 20 is the so-called Cifra Malom (Fancy Mill). This is the oldest building of the town. It already stood in 1587. The other famous one is 18th-century Baroque Pötörke Mill, named after the family that originally owned it. Designed by Jakab Fellner,too, and it was still in service between the two world wars. Today, it houses an artists' studio and offices.
Tata is also well known for its sport camp, where Hungarian athletes prepare themselves for international competitions.
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