The Csurgó district
There is almost nowhere in the Csurgó district where the visitor may not find some spectacular rare plants, or high ground offering a wonderful panorama. The numerous forests, plentiful in game, enticing copses, and the lakes and streams provide a rich variety and make the area especially attractive.
The area is primarily the target of hunters - many of whom arrive from abroad - and botanists. Forest lovers will find numerous species, with copses of oak, beech, alder and ash, and only here may be found groups of Oak Hornbeams. Typical fauna of the forest and fields are the wild boar, the deer and dwarf deer, whilst the particularly rich birdlife includes the Osprey, Stock Dove and the Black Stork.
The trees of the manor house grounds were planted with great care. Such are the rarities of the Inkey family in Iharosberény and in the Iharos park, and the Lawson Cypresses, English Yews and Thuyas found in the park of Csurgó Grammar School, whilst the row of sweet chestnuts at Iharosberény are a marked feature of the area.
Ágneslak, on the borders of Iharos, built on a peninsula surrounded by lakes, deserves special attention, as do the ancient marshes situated near Szenta; the Baláta Lake and it surrounds; the Szentmihály Hill at the junction of the rivers Dráva and Mura; The Látó Hill in Zákány containing the hidden wine cellars of the earldom and the nationally renowned Kotró resort in Gyékényes.
The district is also endowed with fine architecture. The church built in 1827 at Iharos, and the Baroque style Catholic church of Berzence sanctified in 1763, both show evidence of the Neo-Classical style, but we should also mention the modern Protestant church built in 2001 at Csurgó.
It is worth visiting the former palaces of the nobility, such as in Berzence, Iharosberény, Zákányfalu, Somogybükkösd and Csurgó, but the hunting lodges nestling in the forest and the vernacular architecture found here and there, are also of note.
Literary and fine art memorabilia are primarily to be found in the district centre of Csurgó. Csokonai's school is still there today and the rich collection is today housed in the town's museum. We may also see the sculpture of the famous poet and a bench named after him, and furthemore a portrait sculpture of György Festetics, the founder of the school.