The development of the town centre started during the second part of the 19th century and was completed by the first decades of the 20th century. The houses – built in ecletic style and Art Nouveau – are not of high architectural value, but with streets lined with different species of trees, the centre reflects a special atmosphere. The citizens of Kaposvárare proud of the intimate promenade, the rebuilt Kossuth square, where the chiming clocks of the Town Hall are echoed a,omg spectacular fountains.
The cultural life in Kaposvár began with the rise of the middle classes. The city of the Millennium is represented by its ever growing collections, traditional cultural programmes and fine art exhibitions. The villa of the painter Rippl-Rónai can be found on Róma Hill (Fodor József street 35.). The artist bought it in 1908 and lived there till his death in1927. The museum – furnished with the original furniture and more than ninety works of art – gives an insight into the painting periods of the artist. The brother of József Rippl-Rónai collected the works of the most prominent artists of 20th century Hungarian painting. Later he donated this valued collection to the community and thus founded the present collection of the Somogy County Museum. The Somogy Sports Museum opened in Kaposvár in 1966. The museum introduces the visitor to the achievements and relics of th ebest sportsmen of Somogy. Among the local museums and galleries some private collectionsare of real interest: e.g. József Steiner’s unique collection of stoves, sinks and other articles for personal use, all made of cast iron. http://smmi.hu/
Benedictine Abbey Ruins of Szentjakab
One of the most wonderful and most important monuments of Kaposvár can be found east of the city centre at the meeting point of the Zselic area and the Kapos-valley. The old abbey once called the abbey of Zselicszentjakab was founded in 1061. It was the first privately founded Benedictian monastery of Hungary. The remnants of the walls of the abbey church are several meters high in certain places. They represent a huge architectural value, as it is one of the few remaining monuments of 11th century Hungarian architecture. http://bencesapatsag.smmi.hu/
Vaszary Art Gallery
The gallery – named after Vaszary János – plays host to temporary fine art and applied art exhibitions at the Együd Árpád Cultural Centre – Agóra. http://www.egyud.kaposvar.hu/
Memorial House of Gyula Takáts
The works of art decorating the dwelling place of Takáts are proofs of the friendship between the poet and other contemporary artists. The household objects, the Rippl-Rónai and Egry József peintings all remind us of the 20 th century. http://berzsenyi-tarsasag.hu/
The Lake Deseda was created by damming a stream in 1975. Lake Deseda is situated in the outskirts of Kaposvár. It is 8 kms long and bordered with woods : this is a perfect place for both hikers and lovers of water sports . The beach in Toponár is mostly visited by young people who are fond of sports and the beach , while the other side of the lake is visited by the older generation who seek peace and quiet. The fish stock including real native Hungarian species has made the lake a popular and acknowledged fishing paradise. http://www.deseda.hu/en
Lake Deseda, the longest pond of Hungary extends north of Kaposvár. Fekete István Visitor Centre, with its exhibition rooms, lei-sure park and rent a boat , was built on the lakeshore. It is an excellent starting point of boat and bicycle tours.
The building was erected directly at the waterfront. It represents a ship and is home to the permanent exhibition titled DUCKWEED, BLACK-TAILED SKIMMER AND WOODPECKER. – Our permanent exhibition displays the diverse ecosystem of Lake Deseda. Its various attractions and interactive elements offer active and amusing learning experience and recre-ation at the same time. The most spectacular exhibition piece is the 8000 l aquarium and the artificial oak tree built at bow of the „boat”. It extends from the bottom of the showroom. In addition to the periodical exhibitions, the centre offers museum-pedagogical session and monthly lectures as parts of Deseda Panorama of Lake Deseda series.
The visitor centre offers further attractions to visitors. They can observe the avifauna of Deseda through a ’detective glass’ from the birdwatch lodge, they can meet the most common dragon-fly species at the dragonfly house, and at the frog and turtle lurk-ing place they can observe these small tenants of the lake in their natural environment. The park, offering learning and recreation at the same time, is an excellent destination for school groups. The visitor centre has also got an environment friendly, electric pleasure boat and a rent a boat and bike service. On the cycle path built around the lake cyclists can enjoy a wonderful . two-hour bicycle tour. http://deseda.smmi.hu/
Flower Spa and Waterpark
Various fun pools, refreshing sauna world, complex medical and recreational services await both the young and grown-up alike at Kaposvár’s Flower Bath. Situated only 50 kilometres from the Lake Balaton, in the neighbourhood of the Zselic woods, the Flower Bath offers the full range of aquatic experiences in Kaposvár, the city of flowers. The children - friendly services, a Kids Den, the refreshing and medical massages are there for the visitor to enjoy. The corridors are fully accessible. Slides , deck chairs and parking are available free of charge.
Covered adventure pools: Paddling pools, bubble bath , adventures pools with slides and sweeping corridor, neck shower , water-air blower with back and waist massage , geyser and bubble bed – you can try them all. The outdoor adventure pool and Jacuzzi (38C)with a sweeping corridor, underwater bubble features, blowers and neck showers offer full recreation for the family even in case of unfavourable weather.
Beach: Kaposvár’s adventure bath called „Flower” boasts the biggest full water surface – 2850 m2 – of the region and awaits the visitor with 46 different features. Acces to all these features plus the slides is included int he ticket. Neck shower, cave slide, kamikaze slide, water curtain, sweeping corridor, belt shower , springs anaconda, piranha chamber, cave waterfall and water mushrooms are there to make your time enjoyable. The youngest are awaited by a special paddling pool with a screen . Various outdoor sports fields ( beach volleyball and football), playground and trampoline are available, as well as a number of catering units.
Spa: Three thermal pools with different temperature offer relaxation and regeneration. Their water is thermal water with alkali-chloride and hydrogen-carbonate which contains bromide, iodine and fluoride ions. It can be used for the treatment of locomotor disorders, the aftercare of neurosurgical operations, accident injuries , buti t can be effective for gynaecological treatments as well.
Sauna world: Our sauna world provides stimulatig refreshment – try first the Finnish aromatherapy and light saunas, infra sauna or steam cabin then move on to the treading or plunging pool, or enjoy an invigorating massage! Sauna helps with detoxification, relieves stress, boosts the immune system. Four days a week – from Friday to Monday- a wide range of aromatic sauna infusion programmes are provided by the sauna masters.
Pools: The Flower Bath in Kaposvár boasts two covered pools – the 25-meters pool with a temperature of 27 C is available only for visitors. The 50-metres pool is used only by aquatic athletes – swimmers, synchronized swimmers, water polo players and serves as a venue of national and regional swimming competitions and water polo matches. It is also the swimming centre of the Southern-Transdanubian region, the trainig centre of junior athletes . Both pools are equipped with water circulation system. http://www.xn--virgfrd-jwa9vm4a.hu/
Kaposvár University Health Centre and Pannon Equestrian Academy
The main profile of Kaposvár University Health Centre and Pannon Equestrian Academy is to organize and execute education of agriculture professionals at middle and higher education levels, with a clear focus on equestrian sports, participation in connecting research and development programs as well as organization and hosting of prestigious national and international equestrian competitions. The Pannon Equestrian Academy is operating the largest indoor horse riding hall in Hungary, where 2000 spectators can enjoy horse riding and other events. The institute has been hosting prestigious national and international competitions for more than 40 years in dressage, in show-jumping, and in horse riding tournaments. http://www.lovasakademia.hu/
Meistro Equestrian Farm
Fishing lake, paintball, beach-volleyball, meeting room, tent for 50 people and horseriding facilities can be found here. The 10 hectare area at the edge of the city by River Kapos is an excellent venue for school excursion and team building trainings. It is also the venue for the qualifying race as a preparation to the National Gallop Race.Each spring and fall, workshops and amateur equestrian competitions are hosted here. The Museum of Horse-riding shows the original horse-drawn equipments and tools. Kindergarten and school groups can attend 2-3 hour activities all year around. Visitors can meet traditional domesticated animals. The horseback riding route called: „ In the races of outlaw-riders” are expecting visitors interested in nature with 10 calm, well balanced horses. http://meistro.webzoo.hu/
Sights of around of Kaposvár and the Zselic
Szenna Skanzen, situated in the area of Zselic National park, only 8km of Kaposvár, provides a breathtaking natural anvironment, the experience of meeting the past and colorful programs for the visitor seeking recreation. This open air museum was brought into existence in a unique way, int he midst of a living village in 1978. Its mission is to preserve and exhibit the colorful folk traditions and the rich cultural heritage of Zselic and Somogy. The dwelling houses and outbuildings int he collection originate from Somogy, Zselic and from alongside of river Dráva, and they present the characteristics of 19th century’s folk architecture, the cellars ont he vineyard represent the wine culture traditions of the area. The pride of the museum is one of the most beautiful monument of the county, the Calvinistic church built in 1785 that plays an active role int he life of the village even nowadays. Its richly decorated and painted boarded ceiling is covered by flamboyant floral pattern of renaissance origin. The mermaid – motif ont he front –board of the men’s pew provides a special point of interest of the decoration. http://skanzen.hu/en
The Ladybug Farm is a real adventure paradise, providing excellent recreation, education and adventure throughout the year to all ages. Among the numerous indoor and outdoor facilities we must highlight the giant indoor freefall and family slides are the largest constructions of such across Central Europe. The medieval castle and the wooden trebuchet are providing temptation to travel through time. Anyone can use our rope-ways and zip wires, which consist of 5 different tracks, depending on state of fitness or courage. On our racetrack. visitors from 3-103 years of age can pedal our gokarts. We introduce various domestic and traditionally kept animals in their natural environments. along with the traditional tools used for farming and animal keeping . We offer our visitors a unique selection of 50 different program opportunities in handicrafts , environmental knowledge , tradition-preserving or agricultural areas. It's an everyday possibility to join in for cow-milking, animal handling, pebble stone decorating activities or using the playhouse , the jumpy strawbarn, the old machinery park or the pedal gokarts. Accomodation is available for 120 guests in 2 tourist houses, 80 tents in or campsite and in addition to the above , from spring to fall we offer 5 guesthouses with 28 beds altogether. http://katicatanya.hu/
The Zselic Park of Stars offers unforgettable experiences to all visitors who are interested in developing scientific understanding of nature and the universe surrounding it. Visitors may learn about the natural treasures of the Zselic region, the forest and water habitats and the wonders of the sky, such as the Milky Way and the view of zodiac lights (which are not at all or only barely visible from light pollution areas) during the day and at night , within the framework of individual, family or school programmes.
Programme at the observatory:
Solar telescope presentation, viewing of the natural and astronomic exhibition, planetarium presentation and screening. http://zselicicsillagpark.hu/en.php
Game Management Landscape Centre Bőszénfa offer free-time and professional activities for groups or individuals in the Game Farmin the middle of the hilly Zselic area. You may pet deer here, admire our trophy collection or observe the deer from a horse carriage or a tractor. Game Management Landscape Centre Bőszénfa can also organize professional meetings at an agreed date. http://szarvasfarm.ke.hu/en/
One of the oldest thermal spas of the South Transdanubian region is situated in Igal municipality. It is only 40 km south of Lake Balaton is a 30-minute drive from the Motorway M7 and from Kaposvár. In 2016 Igal was the first to receive the qualification of „ health resort” in Somogy county, which may guarantee the visitors the medicinal quality of the thermal spa and also an excellent high (10.358 mg/l) dissolved mineral content. It has been considered as one of the best spas of Europe for more than 50 years. This fact is proved by the countless recoveries from quasi hopeless diseas or accidents and even from unexpected pregnancies. The spa’s 13 pools, free sauna centre, giant slide , playing grounds and several sports fields all intend to satisfy the needs and desires of visitors representing all generations. We regularly organize sauna sessions, aqua-zumba lessons for our dear guests. Our spa offers several social security financed treatments like electrotherapy, medical massage , mud pack or weight bath for a very favourable price. We are expecting visitors all year round with colorful programmes, cultural events and temporary reductions. http://www.igal.hu/Gyogyfurdo/Nyitva-tartas-Arak
The Krishna-valley is a peaceful island on the stormy see of buzzing every day life. It is only 30 km-s from Balaton, towards Kaposvár. The 260-hectare area- which serves as a cultural centre as well as an organic farm- offers wonderful sights and new experiences for visitors. In the valley, there are approximately 150 monks living with Krishnafaith, who aim to be self-sustainable and are dealing with organic farming , engaging in Vedic - based on the ancient holy book of India - lifestyle, as well as several other useful and interesting activities. Visitors are accompanied to walk through the temple area, where they can participate in cultural programs in the beautifully decorated sanctuary. Additionally , they can pay a visit to the restaurant offering extraordinary delicacies, and the souvenir shop of oriental gifts . The most significant event of the valley is the Summer Festival of Krisnavalley, organized each year at the end of July. http://krisnavolgy.hu/