Study trails

The three study trails of the Ancient Drava Visitor Centre, each different in length, offer our visitors a wide array of experience and knowledge, and the possibility to explore the natural values of the Drava, the world of traditional farming, and the concept of the Ancient Drava Programme. Visitors can walk along the study trails on their own or with our guides. In addition, a variety of thematic programmes are available for our study trails upon request, including bird watching and bird ringing sessions, nature photographing or night tours, the latter even allowing the visitors to listen to the howling of jackals.


The Traditional Farming study trail tells us about the tools and procedures of animal husbandry, hayfield management, fruit growing, apiculture, basketry, herbal and medicinal plant growing. Tools and utensils are on display along the trail, which can be touched and tried by visitors. It is shown how our ancestors applied sustainable methodologies for utilising the treasures of nature, whilst living in harmony with their environment. At the end of the study trail there is the farm area where old Hungarian domestic animals typical for the region – grey cattle, Mangalitsa pigs, Racka sheep and ancient chicken breeds – can be seen. Guiding is available for the study trail, or it can be used with an info leaflet or an audioguide.

 


 

The Wildlife of the Drava study trail allows an insight into the variable and special wildlife of the area, its habitats ranging from open water surface through marshy waterside to wooded pastures abounding with colourful wild flowers. In order to provide an experiential introduction to these areas, there is a bird watching and bird ringing station, a lookout, a photo shelter, a roofed activity area, and several resting places. Visitors can walk along the trail with a guide or on their own, using the information boards or the audioguide.