Hungary > Irott-ko
Nature Park From Koszeg,
the road leads up through forests to the highest peak of Pannonia, an 883-metre
summit called the Iirott-ko (Written Stone). From the top you can see the Austrian-Hungarian
border. This hill, rich in rare plants, conceals the first fortress of the region,
the Upper Castle, from Arpad's time, built on a six-hundred-metre high rocky
outcrop. Beautiful villages were built on the banks of the streams running down
from the hill. In Velem an old wooden bridge-spaas the stream. On top of the
hill on the village border stands the famous thirteenth-century St. Vid Chapel.
In neighbouring Bozsok, the air is especially clear and healthy, not only because
of the proximity of the Alps, but also because of the abundance of water in
The village is famous for its seventeenth-century mansion and its ancient
park. The nearby village of Cak is famed for its thatched, whitewashed cellars,
which are listed monuments.