Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark

The UNESCO Global Geopark comprises the administrative area of 64 settlements in Hungary (including urban county Salgótarján) and 28 settlements in Slovakia.  The Novohrad -Nógrád UNESCO Global Geopark lies at the border of Hungary and Slovakia and is the first UNESCO Global Geopark that has been an international (cross-border) Geopark from the beginning.

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.

The area is also recognised as an important centre for the Palóc ethnic group’s folk art and living traditions. The rich cultural herit-age of the area has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site with the city of HollókőThe members of the UNESCO Global 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.

Novohrad-Nógrád UNESCO Global Geopark lies at the border of Hungary and Slovakia and is the first UNESCO Global Geopark that has been an international (cross-border) Geopark from the beginning. The UNESCO Global Geopark comprises the administrative area of 64 settlements in Hungary (including urban county Salgótarján) and 28 settlements in Slovakia. The total area is 1.610 km2 (1. 272 km2 in Hungary and 338 km2 in Slovakia). 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.The UNESCO Global Geopark delivers educational presentations for the general public, enhancing consciousness for the value and protection while also promoting cultural (intellectual, physical and built) heritage. Its emphasis is on the complementarity between natural and cultural landscape, and the harmonization between different projects, the development of new geosites and their interpretation.

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