World Heritage Sites
Eight Hungarian places of high cultural importance or outstanding natural beauty have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites worthy of protection and preservation. The Aggtelek Karst, including the most extensive stalactite cave system of Central Europe, the grassy plain of the Hortobágy, and Lake Fertő, the westernmost of the Eurasian steppe-lakes, and also Europe's largest saltwater lake are now protected natural treasures and national parks. The other World Heritage Sites include the ancient Christian cemetery with painted sepulchral vaults discovered in Pécs, the thousand-year-old monastery at Pannonhalma, still used today, and the small village of Hollókő, which has preserved its medieval order of settlement, folk architecture and traditions. With its unique geological and geographical characteristics the Tokaj wine region is also part of the World Heritage. The original wine producing traditions have been maintained and followed here for over a thousand years. The buildings of Budapest's riverfront along the Danube, the Citadel on top of Gellért Hill and the magnificent Buda Castle make one of the most excellent skylines of the world, well deserving its World Heritage Status, which was later extended to Andrássy Avenue and its historic surroundings.
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