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Sárospatak is a town in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County. It lies 70 km (43 mi) northeast from Miskolc, in the Bodrog river valley. The town, often called simply Patak, is an important cultural centre.

Nearby town Cigánd is also described here.



The area has been inhabited since ancient times. Sárospatak was granted town status in 1201 by King Emeric. In the Middle Ages it was an important place due to its proximity to an important trade route leading to Poland. The town's German name is Potok am Bodroch; in Slovak it is called Šarišský Potok or Blatný Potok.

Get in


By train


Trains are available in every two hours from Budapest-Keleti pályaudvar via Miskolc and Szerencs. The journey takes about 3 hours and costs 4500 Ft. Other direct connections are:

1 Sárospatak Train Station, Csokonai utca 1, +36 1 349-4949, . Ticket office: 03:20–22:20. Sárospatak railway station (Q22074890) on Wikidata

By ferry


There is a ferry service available between Cigánd and Dombrád.

  • 2 Cigánd Ferry Station, +36 30 474-0691. M–Th Su 08:00–20:00, F Sa 09:00–21:00. 200 Ft.

Get around


There is no local public transport or taxi service. You can use the regional buses operated by Volánbusz.




Castle of Sárospatak
Interior of the Library of Sárospatak Reformed College
  • 1 Castle of Sárospatak – Rákóczi Museum (Sárospataki vár – Rákóczi Múzeum), Szent Erzsébet utca 19, +36 47 311-083, . Tu–Su 10:00–18:00. The castle, built by Andrew II, is traditionally identified as the birthplace of his daughter Saint Elizabeth. The owners of the castle of Sárospatak include many important individuals in Hungarian history. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it was owned by the Pálóczi (Pálóczy) family, until baron Antal Pálóczi was killed at the first Battle of Mohács in 1526, which precipitated a conflict between the family of his widow, born of the Perényi family, and the Pálóczi-related Dobó family. The Perényi family gained control of the castle, and it was in their possession until 1602, when it passed to the Dobó family. Bálint Balassi, the most important Hungarian poet of the century married Krisztina Dobó at the castle; the bride was the daughter of István Dobó, who defended the castle of Eger against the Ottoman Turks. Later the castle was owned by the Rákóczi family. The residents of the town took an active part in the revolution and war of independence against Habsburg rule led by Francis II Rákóczi between 1703 and 1711. Adult: 4000 Ft; senior, student: 2000 Ft. Sárospatak Castle (Q1013784) on Wikidata
  • 2 Scientific Collections of Sárospatak Reformed College (Sárospataki Református Kollégium Tudományos Gyűjteményei), Rákóczi út 1, +36 47 311-057, . Apr–Oct: M–Sa 09:00–17:00, Su 09:00–13:00; Nov–Mar: M–Th 09:00–16:00, F 09:00–14:00. The Reformation began spreading into Hungary from this area. The first Protestant college, one of the most important colleges of Hungary at the time, was founded in Sárospatak in 1531. In 1650 Zsuzsanna Lorántffy, widow of George I Rákóczi prince of Transylvania invited the famous Czech educator Jan Comenius to Sárospatak. Comenius lived there until 1654, as a professor of the college, and he wrote some of his most important works there. Adult: 600 Ft; senior, student: 400 Ft.
  • 3 Roman Catholic Church Collection (Római Katolikus Egyházi Gyűjtemény), Szent Erzsébet utca 13, +36 47 314-107, . May–Sep: M–F 10:00–17:00, Sa 10:00–14:00; Oct–Apr: M–F 10:00–16:00. Church museum, lapidary, pilgrimage site, library. religious archive, performance venue. The house was built in 1917 on the place of a Jesuit school. Before the Jesuit school here stood the mansion of the queens of the Árpád dynasty and in which Saint Elizabeth was born in 1207. Adult: 600 Ft; senior, student: 400 Ft.
  • 4 Sárospatak Gallery (Sárospataki Képtár), Szent Erzsébet utca 14, +36 20 477-0086, . Tu–Sa 10:00–16:00. Adult: 600 Ft; senior, student: 300 Ft. Sárospatak Gallery (Q18844386) on Wikidata
  • 5 Sárospatak Basilica (Sárospataki Bazilika), Szent Erzsébet utca 15, +36 47 311-183, . Built in the 14–16th century in Gothic style. Castle Church of Sárospatak (Q11813001) on Wikidata
  • 6 Reformed Church (Református templom), Lórántffy Zsuzsanna utca 2, +36 47 311-213, . Built between 1776–1781 in Baroque style.
  • 7 Greek Catholic Church (Görög katolikus templom), Szent József utca 8. Built at the and of 18th century in Zopf style.
  • 8 Trinitarian Monastery (Trinitárius kolostor), Szent Erzsébet utca 30. Built in the 17th century in early-Baroque style.
  • 9 Tarn on Megyer Hill (Megyer-hegyi tengerszem), +36 20 220-7026, . Nature reserve. Free to visit. Megyer-hegyi Tarn (Q1175526) on Wikidata

Further afield

Tarn on Megyer Hill
Romanesque Church in Bodrogolaszi

In Bodrogolaszi:

  • 10 Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church (Szentháromság római katolikus templom), Fő utca 1, Bodrogolaszi. Built in the 12th century in Romanesque style. Holy Trinity Church, Bodrogolaszi (Q12354077) on Wikidata
  • 11 Greek Catholic Church (Görög katolikus templom), Cerkó utca 22, Bodrogolaszi. Built in 1780 in late-Baroque style.
  • 12 Lónyay Mansion (Lónyay-kastély), Kastély utca 1, Bodrogolaszi. Built in 1860. Lónyay Mansion (Q56197865) on Wikidata

In Cigánd:

  • 13 Bodrogköz Museum (Bodrogközi Múzeumporta), Fő utca 54, Cigánd, +36 20 519-7200, . Tu–Th 10.00–16.00, F 10:00–13:00. Exhibition on local folk culture and history. Adult: 700 Ft; senior, student: 400 Ft. Bodrogközi Múzeumporta (Q25455936) on Wikidata
  • 14 Reformed Church (Református templom), Petőfi Sándor utca 85, Cigánd. Built in 1793 then between 1835 and 1839. Reformed Church (Nagycigánd, Cigánd) (Q20438739) on Wikidata

In Karcsa:

  • 15 Heritage House (Tájház), Táncsics utca 16, Karcsa, +36 47 342-016. 08:00–16:00 (by appointment only).
  • 16 Reformed Church (Református templom), Táncsics utca, Karcsa. Árpád-era church, Romanesque building. Reformed church (Karcsa) (Q302460) on Wikidata

In Karos:

In Komlóska:

  • 18 Rusyn Heritage Museum (Ruszin Tájház), Rákóczi út 20, Komlóska. The museum shows the folk architecture and traditional housing culture. The building dates from the 19th century.
  • 19 Ruins of Castle of Solymos (Solymos vára romjai), Komlóska. Built in the 13th century. Free to visit. Castle of Solymos (Q1289898) on Wikidata

In Olaszliszka:

  • 20 Synagogue Memorial Place (Zsinagóga-emlékhely), Kossuth Lajos utca 15, Olaszliszka. Memorial place on the site of synagogue. Created in 2016.
  • 21 Kossuth House (Kossuth-ház), Esze Tamás út 3, Olaszliszka. Built in the 18th century in Baroque style.
  • 22 Our Lady Roman Catholic Church (Nagyboldogasszony római katolikus templom), Szent István út, Olaszliszka. Built in 1332 in Gothic style, rebuilt in the 19th century in Baroque style. Our Lady Church in Olaszliszka (Q25478780) on Wikidata
  • 23 Reformed Church (Református templom), Szent István út, Olaszliszka. Built between 1784 and 1787.

In Pácin:

Interior of heritage house in Bodrogköz Museum, Cigánd

In Sárazsadány:

In Tolcsva:

  • 26 Wine Museum and House of Wine Culture (Bormúzeum és Borászati Kultúra Háza), Kossuth Lajos utca 32, Tolcsva, +36 47 384-232, . Tu–F 09:00–16:00, Sa 10:00–15:00. The museum shows the authentic tools used in winemaking. Adult: 500 Ft; senior, student: 300 Ft.
  • 27 Roman Catholic Church (Római katolikus templom), Bajcsy-Zsilinszky utca, Tolcsva. Built in the 14th century in Gothic style.
  • 28 Rákóczi Mansion (Rákóczi-kastély), Kossuth Lajos utca 63, Tolcsva. Built in the 17th century in early-Baroque style.
  • 29 Dessewffy Mansion (Dessewffy-kastély), Szent Imre utca 4, Tolcsva. Built in early-Baroque style in 1659.
  • 30 Szirmay Mansion (Szirmay-kastély), Kossuth Lajos utca 37, Tolcsva. Built around 1820 in Classicist style. Converted to Eclectic style in the second half of 19th century.




Sárospatak Basilica




  • Saint Elizabeth Holiday (Szent Erzsébet Ünnep). In June.
  • Sárospatak Beer Festival (Sárospataki Sörfesztivál). In June. Daily ticket: 500 Ft.
  • Sárospatak Wine Festival (Sárospataki Borfesztivál). In July. Daily ticket: 1500 Ft2000 Ft.
  • Assault Weekend (Ostromhétvége), +36 47 311-083, . In July.
  • Tolcsva Wine Festival (Tolcsvai Borfesztivál), Tolcsva. In August.
  • Zemplén Festival (Zempléni Fesztivál), . In August.


Interior of Rákóczi Museum
  • 1 Coop, Rákóczi út 54–56, +36 47 312-016. M–F 06:30–18:30, Sa 06:30–13:30.
  • 2 Hegyi Supermarket, Eötvös utca 15. M–Sa 06:00–20:00, Su 07:00–13:00.
  • 3 Market of Sárospatak (Sárospataki piac). W Sa 06:00–12:00.
  • 4 Penny Market, Wesselényi út 32, . M–Sa 07:00–20:00, Su 07:00–18:00.
  • 5 Coop, Fő utca 26, Cingánd, +36 47 334-122. M–F 06:00–17:00, Sa 06:00–13:00, Su 07:00–11:00.
  • 6 Reál, Fő utca 36, Cingánd, +36 47 334-428, . M–F 06:00–19:00, Sa 06:00–13:00, Su 07:00–11:00.


This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under 1600 Ft
Mid-range 1600 Ft2400 Ft
Splurge Over 2400 Ft






School Museum in the Reformed College






Trinitarian Monastery


  • 8 Highlander. Oct–Apr: F Sa 20:00–05:00. Entrance fee: 1500 Ft2500 Ft.
  • 9 Lábasház, Attila út 7-9, . May–Sep: F Sa 22:00–05:00. Entrance fee: 1000 Ft2000 Ft.


This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under 10,000 Ft
Mid-range 10,000 Ft15,000 Ft
Splurge Over 15,000 Ft






Castle of Sárospatak from the air



Sárospatak's postal code is H-3950, and its telephone area code is 47.

Go next

  • Encs – town 44 km (27 mi) west
  • Gönc – town 53 km (33 mi) northwest
  • Ibrány – town 37 km (23 mi) southeast
  • Kisvárda – town 55 km (34 mi) east
  • Sátoraljaújhely – town 14 km (8.7 mi) northeast
  • Szerencs – town 38 km (24 mi) southwest
  • Tokaj – town 35 km (22 mi) south
Routes through Sárospatak
MiskolcSzerencs  W Main Road 37 E  Sátoraljaújhely

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