Tokaj, the sweetness of wine

Hungary, Tokaj town, the bridge over Bodrog river
europe_hungaryAnother special place where I happened to stop during one of my trips around Eastern Europe is Tokaj, Hungarian capital of wine, so precious and important to be mentioned in their national anthem as one of the greatest gifts they have received. The town is a gem and a visit is an opportunity to learn about the history and taste of one of the most famous wines in the world.

Hungary, Tokaj town, the Greek Orthodox church, now Tokaj galleryWe arrived in Tokaj in the afternoon and the first walk in the beautiful old town, pedestrian and wonderfully kept, gave us the impression that there were very few people around. As time passed it slowly turned into a ghost town. I took some pictures and then I moved the motorhome in a small parking lot [48.12457,21.41142], only for cars, but completely empty. We slept well and wake up around five o’clock as the sun was already up, albeit with a dense fog. Within an hour, the fog had receded and the city was already running at full speed, open stores and facilities ready to receive tourists who as often happens, arrive in the morning with the big buses and disappear after a few hours.
Hungary, Tokaj town, the main pedestrian and shooping street (Rakoczi ut)
Hungary, Tokaj town, statue of Kos Karoly at Kossuth squareHungary, Tokaj town, coat of arms
Hungary, Tokaj town, Kossuth square, statue of king Stephan
Hungary, Tokaj town, Kossuth square, St. Anne roman catholic churchHungary, Tokaj town, St. Anne roman catholic church

Among the various wineries where you can taste the wines, Rakoczy is the oldest and considered one of the stops not to be missed.
Hungary, Tokaj town, Bacchus statue at Kossuth squareMP08TKJ039Hungary, Tokaj town, Rakoczi Pince wine cellar
Hungary, Tokaj town, Rakoczi Pince wine cellar, visitors during wine tasting
Hungary, Tokaj town, Rakoczi Pince wine cellarHungary, Tokaj town, Rakoczi Pince wine cellarHungary, Tokaj town, Rakoczi Pince wine cellar

Also interesting is the Tokaj Museum and art gallery inside the old orthodox church. Needless to say, you can buy the local wines in a lot of shops and a couple of supermarket for all kind of prices.
Hungary, Tokaj town, Tokaj Museum, wine bottles
Hungary, Tokaj town, Tokaj Museum, cellarsHungary, Tokaj town, Tokaj Museum, old toolsHungary, Tokaj town, Tokaj Museum, cellars
Hungary, Tokaj town, Tokaj Museum, cellars
Hungary, Tokaj town, wine bottlesHungary, Tokaj town, souvenirs
Hungary, Tokaj town, the Greek Orthodox church now Tokaj gallery
Hungary, Tokaj town, open-air fruits and vegetables marketHungary, Tokaj town, storkHungary, Tokaj town, Bodrog river, tourist boat
Hungary, Tokaj town, the main pedestrian street (Rakoczi ut)
Hungary, Tokaj town, Kossuth square, St. Anne roman catholic churchHungary, Tokaj town, the main pedestrian street (Rakoczi ut), Town Hall
Hungary, vineyards around Tokaj town


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