Pityerszer is a hamlet in the middle of the Őrség National Park in Western Hungary. The national park is a new one; from what I've read, it has existed for barely ten years. Its main attractions are unspoiled nature, peace and quiet.
There are also some sites of ethnologic value, like Pityerszer – preserved remains of a border village. Unfortunately, there's not much to see: only a handful of mud-and-straw dwellings remain, and they are largely devoid of any furniture. There's also a small souvenir shop and a fast food establishment, with a 250 ft fee for public toilet use. The entire village can be seen in under 20 minutes; hardly a reason to come from afar only for this. I've seen better ethno-museums elsewhere. If you're looking for food and some refreshment, however, be sure to visit the restaurant in the neighbouring Szalafő – the food is traditional and quite cheap.
As far as the rest of the region is concerned, it is not particularly tourist-friendly. It's very difficult to find information about what to do and where to go once you find yourself in Őrség National Park as the tourist office is closed on weekends, the official website provides very little information, and all signs are in Hungarian only. Hungarian-speaking botany enthusiasts will find an educative trail in Őriszentpéter, but it's scarcely a few hundred meters long. There's nothing happening there, and nobody to direct you to interesting landmarks and attraction. The villages dotted around the national park are small and sad-looking; they're now almost deserted, their former inhabitants having moved out to seek their fortune in larger settlements.
Nature lovers are the only ones who will be thrilled with this national park. There's a bike rental service in Őriszentpéter, and this particular means of transportation is a perfect way of making a tour around the national park and just enjoying the peace and quiet and rural atmosphere. The area is certainly not worthless for tourists, as it offers something more touristy sites lack – that special calm atmosphere, however melancholic.
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