Infobox World Heritage Site
WHS = Hortobágy National Park - the "Puszta"

State Party = HUN
Type = Cultural
Criteria = iv, v
ID = 474
Region = Europe and North America
Year = 1999
Session = 23rd
Link = http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/474

Hortobágy (IPA2|ɦortobaːɟ) is a village in Hajdú-Bihar county in Hungary. It is also a name of a part of Alföld (Great Plain) in eastern Hungary, near Debrecen. It was designated as a national park in 1973 (the first national park in Hungary), and elected among the World Heritage sites in 1999. The Hortobágy is Hungary's largest protected area, and the largest natural grassland in Europe [ [http://www.whcmeeting.hu/hu/information/venue.html A Világörökség Bizottság 26. Ülése ] ] . Its area is over 800 km².

Hortobágy is similar to a steppe, a grassy plain with cattle, sheep, oxen, and horses, tended by herdsmen, and it provides habitat for various different species (342 bird species have been registered to appear). Its emblematic sight is the Nine-holed Bridge, and this is the place for traditional sweep wells. Visitors might find mirage as well here.

Up to now it was known that this alkaline steppe was formed by cutting huge forests in the Middle Ages and then the river control of the Tisza finished this process with changing the soil's structure and pH. However, Hortobágy is much older, alkalinization started ten thousand years ago, when the Tisza found its way through the Great Hungarian Plain and "decapitated" the little rivers sourcing in the Northern Mountains. The real formation was finished by grazing animals, mammoths and wild horses in the Ice Age, and domesticated animals later.

ee also

* List of national parks of Hungary
* Puszta


External links

* [http://www.visitors.hu/08_03_en.html Hungary for Visitors description]
* [http://www.magyarorszag.hu/angol/orszaginfo/turizmus/latnivalo/e_alfold/northernplain.html Magyarország.hu description]

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