The “Nature of Hortobágy” exhibition
The Hortobágy is an ancient steppe. When the first groups of people engaged in agriculture appeared, it was already a land with precious few – or in some places entirely without any – trees. For thousands of years, it was first the spontaneous, and then the systematically organized grazing of livestock that created a harmony between nature and human use. Traditional land use preserves biodiversity.
At the same time, Hortobágy is also a place of contradictions, where the “island” of the puszta survives surrounded by a more intensively used agricultural landscape. It is a place where the level of biodiversity is not too high in terms of species, but the diversity of habitats is exceptionally rich. A place where people one lived in harmony with the landscape, even though this was never a truly complete harmony, since farmers have been trying to overcome unpredictability for more than 2000 years, and the landscape bears the mark of the successes and failures of these experiments.
The aim of the exhibition is to introduce to visitors the natural richness of Hortobágy and the importance of preserving diversity, which is facilitated by a short film introducing the spirit of the place, a virtual tour, spectacular information panels, augmented reality experience elements, the composition of “puszta” music, virtual bird-watching, and a play corner. In addition, it also aims to highlight the natural values of the region, to raise visitors’ interest, to prepare them for the educational trails available on the area of the national park, and to provide a scientific basis for the ethnographic exhibitions.
The exhibition is located in the Visitor Centre of Hortobágy National Park.
By car, at the roundabout on Route 33, near the 72 km post.
Address: 4071 Hortobágy, Petőfi tér 9.
GPS: 47.582278, 21.151161
The exhibition opens in 2022.