Körös-Maros National Park is one of the 10 national parks in Hungary (area 501.34 km2), located in Békés county, in the Southern Great Plain. The park was created in 1997 for the protection of birds.
Körös-Maros National Park has a number of regions such as Kis-Sárrét swamp, Fáspuszta, Mágor-puszta or Kardoskúti Fehértó. It features a bustard reserve established in 1975. The major towns of the area are Szarvas and Dévaványa.
The great flocks of birds that can be seen during the autumn migration season at Lake Fehér near Kardoskút. The lake is used as a resting place and nesting site by tens of thousands of plovers, cranes and wild ducks. The reserve at Dévaványa is a refuge for the great bustard, the ostrich of the Hungarian puszta.
The easiest way to reach the park is to fly to Budapest and drive from there. The best option is to rent a car and drive. The drive will take you approximately 3 hours.
When to visit
There is something to do in all seasons in the national park. The most popular seasons are the warmer months. The park sees plenty of visitors during summer.
Map of Körös-Maros National Park
Image gallery of Körös-Maros National Park
Visitor/Information centres in Körös-Maros National Park
Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.
Wildlife in Körös-Maros National Park
These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.
Mushroom hunting in Körös-Maros National Park
Mushroom hunting is a popular activity in Hungary. There are event a free mushroom inspection available in the major market places funded by the local government. This is common knowledge among the local population and they frequently use the service.
National parks are often more restrictive than other forests and you should seek explicit permission from local authorities before starting your mushroom hunt.
Camping rules in Körös-Maros National Park
Wild camping is generally not allowed in Hungary. There are rural areas where wild camping is tolerated. However, you should always speak to local authorities or private land owners before engaging in wild camping. National parks and protected areas are often more restrictive and you should therefore stick to designated campsites.
Bears in Körös-Maros National Park
No bears in the park
This national park has no bears and you do not need to take precautions.