The adventure starts here
Nature lovers and bird watchers paradise
Koppany Pines is located on the walking trails of the nature park and ideally situated for you to walk, cycle, fish and horseback to your heart’s content. It doesn’t stop at night, the unpolluted skies make star-gazing an absolute delight.
Birds you might spot or hear are Woodpeckers, Cuckoo, Skylark and Goldfinch and the European Bee-eater which is one of Hungary’s most beautiful birds. Its colourful plumage is breathtaking. A short drive from the site we have the nature reserve of Pacsmags Lakes of Regoly with it’s marshlands and fishponds. 10 km to the south-east of the town of Tamási.
The Koppany trails network traverse the five villages of the Nature Park, but we also are within striking distance of the DDP hikes (red walk). “Beautiful nature – and cultural landscape. Hill with wine houses, forests and fields. Healthy wildstand and beautiful flora. Walking kilometers without encounter anyone on the most fantastic paths and amazing views.” Abel Stok recommends Koppányvölgy Natúrpark –
Butterflies, Bees & Wildlife
A proliferation of insects, mammals and reptiles captivated us this summer. Butterflies charmed our surroundings and we look forward to discovering more about the Hungarian butterflies. If you are a lepidopterist you will not be disappointed. We have local honey from local bees, deer that watch as you eat, hedgehogs, foxes and badgers . This year we hope to expand on our nature information evenings and have a honey tasting weekend, to include a tour of apiary.
We have three lakes within the local area. Our personal favourite is a beautiful private lake owned by a local villager, who let’s us fish for a small charge. Then we have Andocs lake where tickets are purchased at the pub in Andocs village ( opens at 7a.m.) and Kocsola lake purchase tickets on the bank. Both lakes are day tickets and have carp, catfish, zander and pike in. (Own tackle required). A fishing trip to Lake Balaton is another suggestion, you have Siofok within 35 minutes drive.
Gastronomy, Foraging & Campfire Cooking
The Hungarian cuisine is famous for its spicy and sweet and sour dishes often seasoned with paprika, and for its famous Gulash stew. As we push forward with plans to become more self sufficient we invite our guests to enjoy the fruits of our labour. We will be organising cook-ins where visitors take part in preparing and eating a Hungarian dish, we have built a pizza oven for guest use as well as firepits and tripods to try your hand at campfire cooking.
Hungarian wine is growing in popularity and is still very reasonably priced. We are surrounded by press houses so it is not unknown to be invited in to taste! The best-known wines are the white dessert wine Tokay (Tokaji) and Bull’s Blood (Egri Bikavér), a full-bodied red wine, each region has it’s own wine blend and grape and production dates back to the Romans. We are able to arrange a wine tour to Lake Balaton where you will be collected from the campsite or join one of our onsite tasting events.
Art & Photography
The diversity of wildlife and the unusal fauna demands evidencing and even a beginner will be amazed at the pictures that are captured, particularly the butterflies. Above is a photo by one of our campers, Kate John and there are more examples from another visiting photographer, Jane Mann – Click to View.
If you prefer the paint, then this is the ideal setting and this year we linked up with Annerie Mol, a dutch artist, now living in Hungary. We are planning to host a couple of painting weekends, so watch this space.
Spa & Wellness
Ways to improve your mental wellbeing:- More organic diet – Soak up nature – Be outside -Walk –Breathe fresh air – Live Simply – Be creative – Be sociable.
Hungary is well known for its thermal baths and we have three in the vicinity to visit. Add this to the relaxing and tranquil ambience and you can’t help but slow down, prioritise and focus on you. Being aware of the moment and experiencing it is the essence of mindfulness. Why not take a trip to the stupa, Buddhist teachers hold regular meditation and yoga classes?
Cycling in Transdanubia is one of the most enjoyable ways to explore more of this part of Hungary but the undulating landscape does require a good level of fitness. From the campsite there is a cycle to the renowned national bird reserve of Pacsmags Lakes. Alternatively you might want to take a trip to Lake Balaton cycle tracks which can be done in sections. There is a train service around the lake to support the cyclists if you get tired. We have a folder of cycling information on site, so do ask if you’d like some guidance. We also have a couple of bikes we loan out.
The unpolluted dark skies of the Koppany Valley offer ideal star gazing opportunities and we have available a telescope and viewing binoculars for your use to make the most of the night sky. We have put together information on what to look for in the Hungarian skies and where to find them with the changing seasons. Within 1hr 30m of the campsite is Zselic Starry Sky Park. The park has an astronomy program for visitors that includes full-dome movies at the planetarium, a meteorite collection and a telescopic observation.
Quading/Off – Roading
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Horse Riding & Horse-Cart Rides
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Lovingly maintained little campsite amid wonderful nature. Great for kids, play options and pool available. Super nice operators… we’ll be happy to come back!