Cegléd, gateway to the Great Plain
The town has several significant sights: The Largest protestant church in Central- Europe is located on the main square and was designed by the famous architect, Joseph Hild in the 19th century. Have a look on the Tree of the Freedom in the church garden commemorating the anti-Soviet/ anticommunist revolution in 1956. Follow your walk on the square by visiting the neogothic Lutheran church and afterwards the unique and well-equipped Drum Museum, which grew from a private collection to a well-praised city museum. From 1900 to the present day we can have a deeper look into the development of percussion instruments and colourful life stories of famous percussionists and drum-making masters. It all comes to life in the Drum Museum's halls through personal objects.
The unique Cast iron stove collection, originally a private collection of the József Mózes family is a rare treat for art history lovers, with rooms full of towering jet-black stoves and heaters in a "range" of styles. Lajos Kossuth was one of the prominent leaders of the revolution in 1848-49. He is far the most worldwide well-known Hungarian personality, his bust can be found in United States Capitol and cities and a county was named after him in the USA. His story can be found in the local history museum of his home town in a beautiful Art Nouveau building.
One could spend the whole day in the Bath Complex of Cegléd. Hot medicinal water awaits the older generations while the youngsters can really make a splash in in the Fun Bath or in summertime in the open-air Aquapark. The slide park there has such rarities as the pendulum slide. The nearby seasonally-opened Leisure Centre makes your stay more complex by offering different sports fields from beach soccer to volleyball. The Cegléd Adventure Park is located in the vicinity of the Bath Complex as well, both kids and their parents/ beginners and advanced park-goers can enjoy sliding on various bob-sleigh style tracks over the forest or the lake.
The region around Cegléd attracts visitors with further exciting or tasty attractions. Bolyhos Distilleries is only 20 km from Cegléd, in Újszilvás. Naturally you can taste different types of this strong spirit and have a look at the brandy-making procedure. A real rarity is the distillery's "Ágyaspálinka". Ágyas means "bedded", and generally speaking the tastiest of Hungarian brandies are aged for at least 3 months with fruits. However this one is aged for a full year on a layers of fruit in bottle and barrel, which is why its taste grows more complex and fruity. The huge (more than 1000 ha) Kincsem Equestrian Park offers equestrian programs, and you can also visit the Museum commemorating the wonder mare, a very famous racehorse called "Kincsem" or simply spend few minutes or hours on the Attila hills which is renowned for its healing power. Beside this fact, the world-famous Scythian gold treasures (such as lavish Scythian gold deer) were found here, similar pieces were excavated on the Great Russian Steppes . Nowadays the copies of the Hungarian ones are on display in the nearby Blaskovich Museum, in Tápiószele. which also has a rich pipe and interior design collection.
Another spectacle is the Arany János Collection Museum in Nagykőrös. His birth town pays homage to the great poet of the 19th century. On the way home we can make a stop in another Bath Complex, in Nagykáta.
How to get there? The best way is by car, though Cegléd is connected to bus and train networks as well.
For further information, contact the Cegléd Tourist Information Office.
Contact details of Tourinform Cegléd:
2700 Cegléd, Kossuth tér 1.