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Tata

Attractions

The Kuny Domokos Museum in the castle, the Museum of Greco-Roman Statue Copies in the synagogue, the German Minority Museum in the Nepomucenus watermill, the Open-air Geological Museum at the foot of the Calvary Hill are very popular sights not only for local people but for guests from abroad. Lake Old, Lake Cseke and the Fényes Bath can prove entertainment chances for water, water sports and fishing lovers; while the English Park, the Valley of the Által Creek, the Arboretum of Agostyán and the Gerecse Mountains are the best for nature lovers.

Almost whole year – from March to November – historical, cultural, traditional, sport and nature conservation festivals make the city busy. There are lot of different categories of accommodation possibilities and catering for guests.

  1. The castle of Tata
  2. The landscape garden of Tata
  3. The Kristály Hotel
  4. The Esterházy Mansion
  5. Calvary Hill and environs
  6. Lake Öreg

History

According to the archaeological data Tata and its surroundings were inhabited before the Stone Age and in the Ancient Ages as well. Practically it was continuously inhabited thanks to the rich forests and hot-water springs.

Occupants of the most important camp from the Roman Empire, Brigetio (Ószőny), lead the water to their houses from the Tata springs.

The castle of Tata is a prominent historic building which was built on a rock between 1397-1409 surrounded by water and swamp. The castle flourished during the reign of King Sigmund of Luxembourg and King Matthias Hunyadi as a summer residence, but later potentates also spent their times here.

Its new historical sings were determined by the Count Esterházy family, who were attended diplomatic and high standing government clerks. Guests were welcomed in this manor centre which had incomparable natural givens. They developed their land with natural- and environmental defending policies. Landscapes and air was also clear because of the water regulation and park building works by the Esterházy family.

Tata’s name coincide with patriotic equestrian history as well: during the Esterházy’s manor there were 20 stables, operated by local breeders. At the end of the 19th century Tata became the most popular destination for people who lived in Budapest and it caused a significant industrial development.