The Nagyatád district
Thanks to its natural endowments this district is one of the most diverse areas of Somogy County. It boasts both copses and dense forests of indigenous deciduous trees, such as the Hornbeam Oak, the Yoke Elm, Austrian Oak and Ash. The 70-hectare protected forest bordering Rinyaszentkirály provides a suitable habitat for the Osprey. Marsh groves are found on the waterside and everywhere we can meet with interesting floral specimens. For example, we find a protected chestnut avenue in Nagyatád and such rarities as the Foxglove Tree in its central park.
The habitat of the forests and their diverse tree types proffers rich booty for hunters, many of whom arrive from abroad. Indigenous species of the marshlands are the Common Adder and the Otter. A special park has been created for the latter at Petesmalom.
An outstanding feature of the area is Baláta, which has enjoyed national protection for decades. This ancient marsh was formed at some time in the Ice Age. Although it has changed its face many times over time, and the living conditions of its habitat have changed, it still attracts many researchers today to study its rare flora and fauna.
The area is well endowed with architecture and - thanks to the Nagyatád Sculpture Park - also in works of art. Visitors may enjoy 36 sculptures in the capitol town of the district, but many other sculptural works may be found in the surrounding villages, especially depictions of Nepomucky Saint John.
The Nagyatád Town Museum provides a home for the local-history and ethnographic collections. The area is rich in architectural wealth, in particular in the form of its churches. For example, in Lábod four churches are nationally protected, whilst the Segesd Cloister and Church built in 1777 deserve particular attention, as do the 270 year-old Rókus Chapel in Nagyatád and the protected Protestant church in Kisbajom.
We may find valuable country houses in seven villages and of especial note are the listed Romantic-style Széchenyi Mansion in Segesd, the Tallián and Fekete country houses in Szabás, whilst in Somogyszob the vernacular architecture bears witness to the peasant lifestyle of the 19th century.
Finally we should not forget the products of our own age, created for other purposes - such as recuperation and relaxation - in the form of the town's popular medicinal baths, swimming pool and campsite.