Both local people and visiting tourists agree that Nyírbátor has its own rhythm of life, which is different
from what you can experience in central Hungary. People simply make themselves at home here. Local people very much
like visiting tourists, they like to have quiet, unstressful but still exciting life, and enjoy being part of
a historic area with cultural heritage.
Nyírbátor is happy to invite tourists to the annual music festival and international street threatre festival.
Most of the events of these festivals are held in the Reformed Church of Nyírbátor, which was built in Gothic style
in medieval times. Apart from festivals, you may want to enjoy the thermal water of Dragon Wellness and Spa too.
Stephen Báthory (Hungarian: Báthory István) 1533-1586 was a Hungarian noble Prince of Transylvania, then King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania. He was a member of the noble Hungarian Báthory family.
After his victory against the Turks, he ordered 3 churches to be built locally. We encourage you to visit the
Református templom (Reformed Church) which originally served as cemetery of the royal family.
Another interesting building to look at is the Harangtorony (Bell Tower), a 32 meters high tower, which was originally built by royal carpenters in 1640 made of wood.
The Báthori Várkastély (Báthory Castle Residence) is famouse for its wax museum with 45 contemporary persons. There are 5 different scenes where you can see typical historic situations with lots of people.
You can learn interesting stories about Báthory Erzsébet (Countess Elizabeth Báthory) who was countess from the renowned Báthory family of Hungarian nobility. Although the number of murders is debated, she has been labeled the most prolific female serial killer in history and is remembered as the "Blood Countess".
We offer you local programs with tour guides in Hungarian, English, German, Italian to visit local churches, museums and the famous Báthory Wax Museum.
Szatmári Round Trip (Szatmári Körút) is a popular local excursion to visit neighbouring villages and get a feeling of the area including local food tasting.
Szárnyas Sárkány Hete Nemzetközi Utcaszínházi Fesztivál
(Week of the Winged Dragon, International Street Theatre Festival)
It is a very popular 4-day festival for Hungarian and foreign street theatre players to introduce themselves, to meet up and to show their performance to the audience. It has become a truly international event with
theatre, puppet show, music, folk music, dance art, gastronomy, kids world, etc. An average of 20,000 people visits the festival during 4 days every week, including 40 performing groups on stage and 200-300 artists.
Nyírbátori Zenei Napok (Music Days of Nyírbátor)
Music becomes the only means of communications for 4 weeks every year in Nyírbátor.
It consists of a series of concerts, which are held in various churches locally such as Református Templom (Reformed Church), Római Katolikus Minorita templom és rendház (Roman Catholic Minorite Church), Máriapócsi Kegytemplom (Shrine Church of Máriapócs), Báthory Várkastély (Báthory Castle Residence) and Nyírbátori Kulturális Központ Színházterem (Nyírbátor Cultural Center Theatre Hall).