Another gem of the region is Szarvas, whose largest tourist attraction is the Szarvas Arboretum. Count Pepi’s dendrological park offered the basis on the shore of the Holt-Körös, on which Count Pál Bolza planted the Pepi Garden, boasting world fame in the first decades of the last century. Today, the Szarvas Arboretum has grown to 82 hectares and has five dendrology collections. It accommodates 1600 wood and shrub species from all around the world, giving a spectacular view to lovers of nature in every season of the year.

    One of the most beautiful buildings in the town is the Bolza Castle and its lovely park. The precursor of Pál Bolza’s erstwhile castle was built probably in 1810-20 at the higher ground of the Körös shore, nearby the bridge. The castle is adorned with classicist, romantic and eclectic details from the middle of the 19th century. The Capitoline Wolf statue before the west facade of the castle was erected by Pál Bolza in 1911, as a reference to the Italian origins of the Bolza family.

    Szarvas has been known for its bath culture from as early as the Ottoman times. The current steam bath, tub bath and swimming pool of the Szarvas Thermal Bath were built in 1902 and reconstructed in 2004. The clear water, waveless and freeboard pools are great choices for sports, recreation and leisure activities.

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