The Great Yonder takes place in Bedepuszta, a small remote village on a dead-end road in a more or less hidden valley, surrounded by nature. The village has been completely renovated and refitted with various functions: a location for events and holidays and a work space for artists. In the valleys to the east of Bedepuszta there are two small villages, and in all other directions you can walk through forests and fields for hours, without seeing any buildings or meeting any people. From Bedepuszta you have a great view of the Matra mountains. Despite the remote location, the capital Budapest can be reached via good roads in one hour (95 km).
Bedepuszta was in serious decline 10 years ago, but since then it has been converted into a location for special events and projects. The cottages have all been renovated with preservation of authenticity. The road that runs through the valley to Bedepuszta ends in the village. From Bedepuszta dirt roads run in all directions into the forests and hills.
The south side of the village is set up as a recreation zone. Walking up from the creek you pass the beach volleyball court and the hammock camp, crossing the road you arrive in the bar garden with the Yonderbar, the fireplace and the stage. Further up the hill you will pass the large pavilion, the summer kitchen, the swimming pool, the playing field, the hang-out, the school, the wine cellar and finally the sauna. The campsite is centrally located in the village, the houses are mostly around the campsite.
Bedepuszta is embedded in a hilly landscape with alternating forests, flower meadows and traces of disappeared villages. South of Bedepuszta the old volcanoes of the Eastern Cserhát are rising. This wooded low mountain range is a protected nature reservation. In the forest, a one and a half kilometer walk towards the village of Kisbárkány, there is a source with fresh water from the valley. The picturesque village of Hollókö, with its famous castle and craft shops, is an eight-kilometer walk the other way. The Buddhist temple of Tar and the monastery of Szent Kút are approximately 12 kilometers away.
As paths often follow hill ridges, so you will experience a wonderful view to both sides. Most hills are around 300 meters high and follow each other quickly, you usually cross a valley in half an hour. There is plenty of game, you regularly come across deer, hares, foxes and red deer. Wild boars, mouflons and badgers withdraw deeper into the woods during the day.
The region around Bedepuszta is part of a Geopark. There are several geological sites in the area that are part of a 2 to 3-hour walk.
Walking in the hills
The Hungarian Highlands are still virtually undiscovered by international tourism and consist of a number of forest-rich mountain ranges. The most interesting city is Eger, a baroque castle town 80 km from Bedepuszta amidst vineyards and hot springs. The drive through the Mátra Mountains alone is worth the trip. Further east lies the famous wine region of Tokaj where the best white wines of the country come from. Tokaj is world famous for its sweet aszu wines, but that it produces fantastic dry white wines is hardly known outside of Hungary. The hilly country of the Cserhát west of Bedepuszta is also called “Bending land” because of the winding paths and the rolling landscape. You drive here on quiet back roads to the towns of Vác and Visegrad, where the Danube cuts through the mountains. The artists’ town of Szentendre, north of Budapest, with its small streets and the Skanzen open-air museum, are certainly worth a day trip as a destination.
Airport transfer 11 and 12 August
Departure Airport 11 August 3 pm
Arrival Bedepuszta 4.30 pm
Departure Airport 11 August 5.30 pm
Arrival Bedepuszta 7 pm
Departure Airport 11 August 11.15 pm
Arrival Bedepuszta 0.30 am
Departure Airport 12 August 11.30 am
Arrival Bedepuszta 1 pm
Return Airport transfer 16 August
Departure Bedepuszta 8.00 am
Arrival airport 9.30 am
Departure Bedepuszta 11.30 am
Arrival airport 12.45 pm
Departure Bedepuszta 3 pm
Arrival airport 4.15 pm
Arrival city centre 4.45 pm