NOVOHRAD–NÓGRÁD GEOPARK (Hungary-Slovakia)
Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark lies at the border of Hungary and Slovakia and is the first geopark in the European Geoparks Network and Global Geoparks Network assisted by UNESCO that has been an international (cross-border) geopark from the beginning.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
Being transnational, the geopark's name comes from the Slovak and Hungarian names of the very county, where the Novohrad - Nógrád Geopark is located.
The geology of the Geopark includes diverse past volcanic events and a geological history dating back the last 30 million years from the birth of the Pannonian basin. Within a small area, the Geopark contains a wide spectrum of volcanic sites of spectacular sights, and several landscape protection areas and other territories. The area is also recognised as an important centre for the Palóc ethnic group’s folk art and living traditions. The rich cultural heritage of the area has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site with Hollókő located within the confinement of the Geopark.
The members of the Geopark and the local people have made great efforts to preserve and present the many sites of earth-scientific values, cultural heritage and the famous hospitality of the palóc peoples. In our Geopark - which is a result of a unique cross-border cooperation in Central-Europe, geo-touristism is developing the local economy and the conservation of the geological and cultural values of the region.
The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO at the request of Member States