Parád is situated along the national main road No. 24, 16 km from Kékestető, 100 km from Budapest. It is one of the most popular tourist spots of north-Hungary, a resort on the northern slopes of the Mátra-hills. The centre of the village is situated in the valley of the brook Tarna, and it includes Parádfürdő and Parádóhuta geographically and administratively, which are situated in the forests. The dynamic development of the village started after Ferenc Rákóczi II. established a glassworks here in 1708.
The monument Palots house in the centre is an ethnographical speciality. The best-known medicinal water of Parád is the sulphuric "Csevice", which can be used in a drinking cure for gastric and intestinal diseases. Another type of medicinal water is the ferruginous-aluminous bathing water, suitable for curing gynaecological diseases and exhaustion. The Classicist style bathhouse was built between 1827 and 1830 and accommodates the Bath Museum. Attached to the steward's home of the Károlyis can be found the Cifra stable (the name of which refers to its decorated exterior and the red marble covering) housing the Coach Museum, where you can find an exhibition of traditional Palots music, dance, various kinds of national costumes, vehicles, tools and the craft of carriage building. The other part of the stable building is used by a stud-farm. Sights include the Roman Catholic church built in 1786, the impressive Freskó Restaurant and Hotel, which can hold 250 people. An outstanding series of events is the Palots Days held in the first week of July. The lovers of winter sports can find several ski slopes, ski lifts and sledge tracks near Parád.


Part of Parád, east of the centre, in the vici<->nity. The edifice of the thermal bath was built in neo-Classical style from 1827 to 1830, now it houses a Bath Museum. The "fancy stable" (Cifra-istálló) at the bailiff's house of the Károlyi's, accommodates a Coach Museum, where coaches, harnesses and the craft of coach-building can be studied. The other section of the stable is used as a stud.

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