Duna-Gerecse - Tata
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The name of small atmospheric Tata often conjures up an image of the castle emerging from the shore of Öreg-tó (Old Lake). This castle, historic favourite summer residence of Kings Matthias and Sigismund of Luxembourg, is Tata’s iconic feature. But there’s more to Tata than its medieval fortification. Tata and its environs are also deservedly famous for its wealth of natural, historical, and cultural treasures. This is a special place in Hungary, where the built and natural landscape compliment each other beautifully.
Where does the name Tata come from? There are many ideas. According to a story in the 14th-Century Illuminated Chronicle (or Képes Krónika), King Stephen the First (Saint Stephen) used to call his godfather Deodatus tata (daddy), and this affectionate nickname stuck as the name of the town to this day. Another idea is that Tata was named after the founder of the town’s Benedictine abbey.
Whatever its origin, one thing is sure: Tata today is a faithful reflection of its historical past.
If you would like to spend some more time in and around Tata after your walk, all sorts of tourist services are on offer to help you make the most of your free time and learn plenty more about the town and the area. Information on the sights, accommodation, eating and drinking, and various events is available not only on your handset but also by browsing the menu of the touch-screen information point.
A WALK IN THE COURTYARD OF TATA CASTLE
On hearing the name of the small, atmospheric town Tata, what usually comes to mind first of all is an image of the castle standing on the shore of Lake Öreg. It’s no wonder, since the former favoured summer residence of both Sigismund of Luxembourg and King Matthias is a defining element of the landscape. This walk gives an overall picture of the history of the fortress and its reconstruction undertaken in different periods, the still-distinguishable buildings of its courtyard and its surviving relics.
TATA – ADVENTURES ON ANCIENT WAVES
Visiting Hungary’s oldest, more than 600-year-old fishing lake, the question may arise, whether lakes change over the centuries. Was Tata’s Lake Öreg the same when King Sigismund or King Matthias saw it, or did it look completely different in the 14th and 15th centuries? You can learn the answer if you follow this walking route.
This walk covers the town’s most frequently visited places, the most important natural and built treasures that give Tata its unique atmosphere.
TATTAMI ADVENTURE GAME
You will play an important role in discovering our legend from Tata in our virtual story once you have gotten into it because it depends already on you whether you can manage to improve the ill-starred present by changing the events of the past.
THE WAY OF WATERS – DISCOVERING THE TATA MILLS
The abundance of crystal-clear spring waters represented the magic of Tata, known as the ‘town of waters’. The trades of miller and fuller were important factors in the economic life of the former market town. Malom (Mill) Stream fed by springs breaking out in the English Park, as well as the Által Stream, which plays an important role in the water supply of Lake Öreg, drove the wheels of several water mills.
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