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Balassagyarmat

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Balassagyarmat (formerly Balassa-Gyarmath, German: Jahrmarkt) is a town in Nógrád county, in Northern Hungary. It was the seat of the Nógrád comitatus (county). Now this is the center of Balassagyarmat district. The town lies on the left bank of the Ipoly river, which marks the state border with Slovakia.

Understand[edit]

The population is homogeneous, with a Hungarian majority (Magyars 98%, Romani 2%). At the western entrance of the town is the Égerláp (Alder-marshes) conservation area.

Orientation[edit]

Former County Hall
  • 1 Former County Hall (Vármegyeháza), Civitas Fortissima tér 2. (Center), +36 35 500 640. Tourist information service. Free maps, brochures, accommodation service, tour organization. Buying souvenirs. - About the building: based on Francis Kasselik plans, was built between 1832-1835, neo-classical style
  • 2 Tourist Information Point (Idegenforgalmi Információs Pont), Rákóczi fejedelem u. 12 (Center), +36 35 505-973. Inside the Town Hall.

Get in[edit]

Bridge over Ipoly Creek connecting Hungary to Slovakia

By bus[edit]

  • 3 Bus Station (Autóbusz-állomás Balassagyarmat), Ipolypart utca 42 (NW 800 m), +36 35 301-400. Direct bus leaves from Budapest (Újpest-Városkapu Station, hourly) and Salgótarján via Szécsény (hourly) and Vác (every two hours). Also there is direct bus to Gyöngyös, Hatvan and all parts of Nógrád County except Bátonyterenye. Balassagyarmat bus station (Q25859078) on Wikidata

By train[edit]

  • 4 Train Station (Vasútállomás), Benczúr Gyula utca 1/a, +36 35-301-803. The city is accessible by train from Aszód (its hourly connected to Budapest) , from Vác. Balassagyarmat railway station (Q17299303) on Wikidata

By car[edit]

From Budapest take the route #2 after Rétság Turning to route #22 towards Salgótarján one and a half hour can be reached the town. Budapest 80 km, Salgótarján and Vác both 45 km away.

Get around[edit]

The local public transport is done with bus by KMKK. The bus network include twenty two lines. Single ticket in advance/from the driver: Ft 170/270 (2013)

See[edit]

Churches[edit]

  • 1 Reformed Church (Református templom), Ady Endre utca 19 (Center).
  • 2 Balassagyarmati Lutheran Church (Balassagyarmati evangélikus templom), Kossuth Lajos út 34-36 (Center). Baroque. Built in 1786. The tower was built in 1794, Lutheran church in Balassagyarmat (Q993591) on Wikidata
  • 3 St. John Salesian monastery and church (Bosco Szent János szalézi rendház és templom), Kossuth Lajos út 41 (Center), +36 35 300693. Built in 1935
  • 4 Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church (Római katolikus Szentháromság-templom), Rákóczi fejedelem útja 20. Baroque, built between 1740-1746
  • 5 St Mary church (Mária a Szentlélek Mátkája templom), Perczel Mór utca - Honti utca corner (SW 1 km). Built between 1995-1998

Museums[edit]

Civitas Fortissima Exhibition
  • 6 Paloc Museum and Skansen (Palóc Múzeum és skanzen), Palóc liget 1. (Center), +36 35 300 168, . Tu- Sa 9:00-16:00. Ethnography collection permanent Exhibitions: #1 From the cradle to the grave – Peasant feasts and weekdays in Nógrád county; #2 Scientist nobiliary library – The mirror of our national history (in remembrance of Iván Nagy). Adults: Ft 800, students and pensioners Ft 400, photo permit Ft 1200, professional guide: Ft 3500 (2014). Palóc Museum (Q1228714) on Wikidata
  • 7 Civitas Fortissima Museum (Civitas Fortissima Múzeum), Széchenyi utca 13. (Center), . Civitas Fortissima Museum (Q20438753) on Wikidata
  • 8 Pannonia Motorcycle Museum (Pannónia Motorkerékpár Múzeum), Kossuth Lajos utca 1, +36 30 746 1806 (Mobil). Mar-Oct: Th 14:00-18:00 and Sa 11:00-17:00, or by appointment. The permanent exhibition: unrestored, original condition motorcycles, brand brochures, operating instructions and motorcycle accessories shown. Pannónia Motorbike Museum (Q25102888) on Wikidata
  • 9 Jánossy Gallery (Jánossy Képtár), Civitas fortissima tér 5. (Center), +36 35 300186, . Tu-Sat 9:00-17:00. Contemporary art collection. Adults: Ft 150, students Ft 100. Jánossy Gallery (Q23469599) on Wikidata Jánossy Gallery on Wikipedia
  • 10 Stars house (Csillagház Helytörténeti Gyűjtemény Balassagyarmat), Rákóczi fejedelem útja 107 (East one km), +36 35 300663, . M-F 08:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00. Classical buildings, local history collection.
  • 11 Endre Horváth Gallery (Horváth Endre Galéria), Rákóczi fejedelem útja 50. (E 500 m), +36 35 300622. Daily 8:00-20:00. Inside Mikszáth Cultural Center: temporary exhibitions. Free.
  • 12 Serbian Church (Szerbtemplom), Szerb utca 5. (Center), +36 35 300622. Tu-Su 14:00-18:00. Built in 1910. Neoclassical building. Temporary exhibitions Free.
  • 13 Jewish Collection of Along Ipoly river and Jewish Prayer House (Ipoly-menti Zsidó Gyűjtemény és Imaház), Hunyadi utca, 24. (East 0.5 km), +36 35 505985. By appointment throughout the day, possibly by asking the previous day advance sign-phone.

Monuments[edit]

Civitas Fortissima Sculpture
Former County House
  • 14 Town Hall (Városháza, Polgármesteri Hivatal Balassagyarmat), Rákóczi fejedelem útja 12 (Center), +36 35 505 900, . Town Hall, Balassagyarmat (Q20243126) on Wikidata
  • 15 Orthodox Jewish cemetery (műemlék ortodox zsidó temető, Izraelita temető), Temető u. 8, +36 30 418 1886. By appointment throughout the day, possibly by asking the previous day advance sign-phone. A monument
  • 16 The former Financial Palace (volt Pénzügyi Palota épülete), Bajcsy-Zsilinszky utca 6 (Center). Now a police station. Financial palace (Q41710679) on Wikidata
  • 17 Nógrád county courthouse (Nógrád Megyei Bíróság épülete), Köztársaság tér 2, +36 35 501-200, .
  • 18 Balassagyarmat prison (Balassagyarmati börtön), Madách Imre utca 2 (Behind the County Hall), +36 35 501170. It was built between 1842 and 1845. Rare architectural solutions - mainly central circular floor plan - make an especially valuable monument. Planned remodeling for luxury prison hotel and museum. Balassagyarmat Strict and Medium Regime Prison (Q789208) on Wikidata
  • 19 Mikszáth residential house (Mikszáth Kálmán lakóháza), Madách utca 8. (Next to the prison).
  • 20 Lőrinc Szabo residential house (Szabó Lőrinc lakóháza), Szabó Lőrinc utca 10 (NE 500 m).
  • 21 Baroque storey townhouses (Barokk emeletes polgárházak), Rákóczi fejedelem útja (East). Built around 1780.
  • 22 Art Nouveau villas (Szecessziós villasor), Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út (Center). Built around 1910.
  • 23 Former English Misses convent (Az angolkisasszonyok zárdája), Civitas Fortissima tér 7 (Center).
  • 24 Former Hotel Balassa (Egykori Balassa Szálloda), Rákóczi fejedelem útja 39. Classicist Petofi Sandor stayed here twice.

Do[edit]

  • 1 Cinema Madách (Madách Filmszínház), Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 8.
  • 2 City Culture House and Library (Városi művelődési központ és könyvtár). Here is the Endre Horváth Gallery (see above about details).
  • 3 Paloc Park (Palóc liget) (Around Palóc Museum). Botanical rarities. (Q17157307) on Wikidata
  • 4 Nyírjes ponds (Nyírjesi tavak), Nyírjes (S-SW 2 km). Fishing. Protected forests and srings.
  • 5 Nyírjes Wildlife Park and Botanical Garden (Nyírjesi Füvészkert és Vadaspark), Between Nyírjes and Kincsempuszta (S 2.5 km). Visitor center.
  • 6 Éger (Éger láp természetvédelmi tanösvény) (between settlements Balassagyarmat and Ipolyszög, between the railway and road #22). Alder wetland conservation nature trail. Here is the county's finest, most diverse wetland wildlife. 106 hectares of protected area.
  • 7 Ipoly river (Ipoly folyó) (State border between Hungary and Slovakia). Fishing paradise.
  • 8 Sports and leisure center (Ipoly-parti sport- és szabadidőcentrum), Ipoly-part utca (End of Madách street toward state border). Artificial grass football field, City Sports Hall, skateboard track, indoor swimming pool. (Q20439802) on Wikidata

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Double plane tree lines, a townscape memorial
  • 1 Svejk (Svejk Vendéglő), Szabó Lőrinc Street 16, +36 35 300-999, +36 30 625-1040, . M-Sa 11:00-22:30, Su 12:00-22:00. Czech and Slovak specialties. Different ice creams. Soups/starters Ft 500-1000/800-1900; fish/veggie dishes Ft 1000-2200/800-1000; pork/poultry dishes Ft 1100-1800/1100-2000, beef dishes Ft 1600-2300, foie gras dishes Ft 1500-3000, garnish Ft 200-500, salads/desserts (partly Slovakian) Ft 350-1600/500-1400. Drinks: Aperitifs 4 cl Ft 450-750, mineralwater (0.33 L) Ft 300-400, soft drinks (2 dl) Ft 200-300, juices (2dl) Ft 300, bottled wines Ft 1500-4500, bottled beers Ft 450-500, drafted beers (0.5 L) Ft 600.
  • 2 Excalibur (Excalibur Étterem), Teleki László utca 2, +36 20 318-6622, . M-F 11:00-15:00. Self service. Home delivery. Soups Ft 250, Sousage Ft 550-700, Mains Ft 700-900, Dessert Ft 300.
  • 3 Orchidea Confectory (Orchidea Cukrászda), Bajcsy-Zsilinszky utca 12 (S 200 m), +36 35 311450, fax: +36 35 500035, . M-F 9:00-19:00, Sa-Su 8:00-19:00.
  • 4 Orchidea Café (Caffé Orchidea), Rákóczi fejedelem Road, +36 35 311450, .
  • 5 Trattoria Dolce Vita, Thököly Street 20., +36 20 231 1920. M-Th 11:00-22:00, F-Sa 11:00-24:00, Su 11:00-22:00. Italian cuisine.
  • 6 AztaPasta, Rákóczi fejedelem Road 29. (Center), +36 30 712 44 34, . M-Th 10:00-20:00, F-Sa 10:00-21:00. Pasta bar and pizzeria in the city centre.
  • 7 Cake Point (Torta Pont), Telei László Street 5 (Center), +36 20 237 8801, . Tu-Sa 10:00-18:00.

Drink[edit]

  • Pince Pizza Bar and Pub (Pince Pizza, Pinze Borozó, Makk-Ász Söröző és Pizzéria), Kossuth Lajos út 18., +36 35 302848. Draft and bottled beers and wines
  • Kapsreitter Pub (Kapsreitter Söröző), Rákóczi út 83, +36 35 310006. Draft and bottled beers.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Star Motel and Restaurant (Sztár Motel), Kóvári út 12. (West one km), +36 35 301-152, fax: +36 35 301-152, . Check-in: 10:00, check-out: 09:00. Open year round, 0-24. Capacity: 8 rooms, 16 beds. Wi-Fi. Non-stop catering facilities (130 persons), parking, conference room, 24-hour reception, Pets Allowed, satellite/cable TV, sauna. Dbl HUF6500.
  • 2 Pension Club (Club Panzió), Teleki László utca 14 (Center), +36 35 301824, +36 20 9157502, fax: +36 35 301-824, .

Connect[edit]

  • Telephone numbers to Balassagyarmat from abroad +36 35 XXXXXX, from Hungary 06 35 XXXXXX
  • 5 Post Office #1 (Magyar Posta Városi Fiók 2660 B.gyarmat 1), Rákóczi fejedelem útja 24 (Center), +36 35 301-240, fax: +36 35 301-629.
  • 6 Post Office #2 (Magyar Posta, B.gyarmat 2), Leiningen Károly utca 29. (Center), +36 35 300-348.

Go next[edit]

  • Budapest, toward SW take a bus or a train
  • Salgótarján, toward east a bus (hourly or so)
  • Vác, toward west take a bus or a train
  • Slovakia, toward north walk across over Ipoly
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