Salgótarján, seat of Nógrád County is 6km-s south from Somoskőújfalu. Despite being famous mainly of the unique natural attractions of its surroundings and the special museums presenting its industrial history nowadays, events well-known not only in Hungary but internationally as well (Dixieland Festival, Tarján Spring Festival, International Folclore Festival, Castle Festival) , athletes with outstanding national and international results, and last but not least Hungary’s best cake 2015 winning G&D Confectionery also makes this once lively industrial city’s worth visiting.
The Mine Museum of Salgótarján is Hungary’s first, Europe’s second coal mine exhibition place. The museum established in the former József mine (abandoned in 1951 and having produced 776.000 tons of coal till that time) commemorates the hard and dangerous work of the miners.
The Baglyaskő Castle Nature Protection Visitor Centre – right next to the remains of the former Baglyaskő Castle – presents the historical and natural values of the region.
Dornyai Béla Museum gives place to – besides temporary exhibitions – constant exhibitions presenting the history of Nógrád county and the glass art results of the Salgótarján Glass Factory. Its gallery shows the most valuable pieces of the Museum’s art collection.
Based on 120 years of experience in glassmaking in Salgótarján, Tarján Glass Ltd. was established in 2011 to produce household glassware made with modern technology but by traditional handmade method. Not only its rich showroom, but also the production hall showing the production processes up close is open for visitors in case of reservation in advance.
In Uránia Observatory visitors may get to know the newest result of astronomy and space exploration through telescopic demonstations, movies and interesting presentations. Reservation in advance is requested.
Pécskő-rock is a 542 m high volcanic cone created 2-3 million years ago by volcanic operation. Besides the breathtaking view the famous ”hive stones” makes this place a worth seeing.