Miskolc is situated in an unparalleled natural environment, at the foot of
the Bukk Mountains, embraced by mountains and hills. Although each season has
its own allurement, in Miskolc perhaps winter is the most beautiful. The city
displays another face in this season.
The city revives by the series of events entitled "From Advent to Christmas".
The houses, trees, streets are floodlit, the Tale City opens its gates where
Christmas sales, playhouses, and various programmes await those interested.
At the second and third weekend of February Miskolc pays its homage to its
attraction to the meat jelly in a Meat Jelly Festival. Once upon a time it happened
that an unsuspicious innkeeper who cooled the food in the cellar served a plate
of meat jelly with a well-portioned pork leg and a frog incidentally frozen
into the soup but alive. From this occurrence a saying developed: "blinks
as the frog in the Miskolc meat jelly". That is why the Meat Jelly Festival
was born a few years ago where the best restaurants of the city compete with
their own preparations. Apart form the meat jelly, the famous Miskolc pretzel
and the barbecue steak cannot be missing from the menu. However, the festival
is not only about the tastes of Miskolc but also about entertainment and amusement.
Other special attractions in the inner city include ice pyramid building, dog
sleigh races, concert cavalcades in Heroes' Square and the unomissable meat
jelly ball in the picturesque Hotel Palota of Lillafured.
Meat jelly competition
After the Christmas Holidays in open-air New Year's Eve Party is organized
for those who want to celebrate the New Year together. Apart from mulled wine
and champagne, the gastronomic speciality characteristic of the city, the Miskolc
meat jelly, is also on offer.
Hamor Ice Climbing Cup
The 22-25 m high artificial ice climbing wall formed on the rock wall of Felsohamor,
next to Lillafured is the only such sport location in Eastern Europe. The Hamor
Ice Climbing Cup, organized every year, is a meeting point of the fanatics of
this extreme sport and of course of the numerous spectators curious about the
Lillafured is the most beautiful in this season. On the alleys lined with
trees frozen in snow and rime-frost the silence is only brokei by squirrels
and an occasionally falling icicle. After the picturesque and tranquil Lillafured
those loving active recreation have good enough cause to visit the ski paradise
on top of the Bukk Mountains, Bankut. Visitors are welcomed by ski runs well
maintained after the first snow fall and lit up at night, with snow machines,
numerous ski lifts, several 10-km-long cross-country skiing tracks as well as
extremely rich and interesting programmes.
Sledging at Bankut
In the beautiful hill settlement of Bukkszentkereszt the biggest snowboard
jump competition is organized every year. If you have visited Bukkszentkereszt
you should not miss out on the unique recreational opportunity of horse sleighing.
You can take a wondrous ride wrapped up in a warm cover with mulled wine in
your hand in the snow-covered forests of the Bukk Mountains in the clearings
gleaming in the winter sunshine On December 6 Santa Clauses stroll on the streets,
some by carriage accompanied by angels and bogey¬men, some by tram, and some
on foot, but the real one arrives in Santa's train. In the Lillafured Valley,
where Santa's train runs on the tracks of the narrow-gauge forest train, industrious
leprechauns assist Santa for three weeks so that each child would receive the
deserved present and would be happy and cheerful.