GRAND FINALE AT THE BIRTH PLACE OF THE HUNGARIAN NATION… & EVERYONE IS INVITED
: September 22, 2007 . Tim arrives 1 pm. Program of events for media begins 11.15 am
: Opusztaszer National Park Hungary
. (See how to get there further below.)
As Tim rides the final moments of his epic journey with his three horses and dog Tigon, he will be honored at one of the most sacred and important historical sites in Hungary, Opusztaszer
, where in the year 896 the modern nation of Hungary was born. In a visually stunning, emotional and historical ceremony, Tim will pay tribute to the original nomads of Hungary (known as ‘Magyars
’) who came from the east by horse, and the many other steppe peoples who have migrated across Eurasia for millennia, including the Mongols. All interested party, media, and visitors are welcome.
Greeted by ambassadors of Mongolia, Australia, and Kazakhstan, a member of Hungarian parliament, president of the national equestrian tourism association, famous Scottish explorer Gordon Naysmith, fifty horsemen in traditional wear, and his mother from Australia, he will ride down an avenue with up to 1000 onlookers before laying a wreath upon the shrine dedicated to the Eurasian Nomads who founded the nation of Hungary.
Following speeches and greetings, Tim will announce that he is presenting his horses (two of which have traveled with him for near on three years) as a gift to a Hungarian children’s home upon which there will be twenty children from the orphanage, and the director present to accept them. Tim hopes that his journey will help inspire young people to discover their history and culture and that his horses will encourage children to get out and experience the world around them.
The ceremony will be followed by a tour of the world famous panorama painting, which in 1600 square metres of canvas portrays the journey of the Hungarians on horseback across the Eurasian steppe, and their conquering of the Hungarian plains. Inside this centre there will be refreshments, a projector rolling with film material of Tim’s journey, the opportunity for media to take personal interviews, and a spectacular photo exhibition of the Kazakhs of Mongolia. Tim will also be drawing out the route of his journey on a huge map of Eurasia for media and onlookers. All visitors are welcome to visit a traditional yurt tent, open air and roofed museums, and view the many other features of the park.
After the viewing of the panorama painting, everyone will be invited to journey with Tim to a Yurt camp on the edge of the park. Here on open pasture, around fifty horsemen will put on a display of Horseback archery, horseback wrestling, racing, and other traditions of the steppe nomads
. A feast of goulash will be simmering in large cauldrons over a campfire, and all will be invited to dine, and try traditional Hungarian ‘Palinko’ /palinka
/ (a unique national spirits drink).
Under the stars of the Hungarian steppe on the day after equinox, it is here that Tim’s journey will be laid to rest.
GETTING TO OPUSZTASZER
Opusztaszer is extremely accessible from the capital of Hungary Budapest.
: Allow two hours from Budapest. Follow the M5 until you see the turnoff to Kistelek and Opusztaszer. Kistelek is a town on the freeway, and Opusztaszer is just 10 kilometres from here. The road is well signed. www.opusztaszer.hu
: Allow 2 and a half hours from Budapest to the town of Kistelek. From here the national park has scheduled buses for the 10km journey to Opusztaszer.
ACCOMODATION IN OPUSZTASZER
A range of accommodation is available in Opusztaszer to suit all budgets.
Those wishing to stay overnight at the Yurt Camp with Tim are invited to bring their own tent. The cost per person will be 800 ft (about $4). There are also places in Yurt tents for 1600 ft, but places are limited. Please Email Attila for details of this at: Cseppento Attila <email@example.com>
Below is a list of further accommodation Opusztaszer ranging from luxury hotels to camping:
Tel: +36-62-275-257, Ext. 103
Szeri Ifjusagi Szallo
Kronikas Park Fogado
Vandormarasztalo Kemping es Motel
Who to contact for more information
: Benython Oldfield, Zeitgeist Media Group, firstname.lastname@example.org
+61 2 9797 9977
: Anna Thomsen email@example.com
Tel: +44 208 788 6292 Mobile: +44 7706 612 042
From Mongolia to Opusztaszer Hungary by Horse
Twenty eight year old Australian Tim Cope, ‘Australian Adventurer of the Year 2006’ set off in 2004 on a journey by horse, foot and camel from Mongolia to Hungary
on the Trail of Genghis Khan.
…And he has now arrived in Hungary
Opusztaszer National Memorial Hungary
According to legend, Opusztaszer is the place where Arpad and the chieftains of the Magyar
tribes gathered in 896 AD “to decide upon the laws and order of their new homeland”. The 136-acre Opusztaszer National Historical Memorial Park is a museum and exhibition area that commemorates this, and it allows visitors to explore the history of Hungary
as well as the culture and life-style of people living on the Southern Great Plain
Musings Over Tim Cope’s Reception in Opusztaszer
He’s been on my mind for over three weeks now, since I first heard about his arrival to Hungary
, and Googled him, and browsed around on his website
to learn who he is. Later a Hungarian article called him a swashbuckler, and the negative connotations of the term seemed offensive to me…. Why? Who is Tim Cope? And why does he matter?
Hungarian History. A Short Outline
– According to a chronicle from the 13th century, Nimrod (Menroth), the founder and king of the first empire after the Flood, participated in the construction of the Tower of Babel and finally settled in Persia. He begat two sons while there, Hunor and Magor, fathers of the Huns and the Magyars...
– Szent Istvan
((Saint) Stephen I, whose pagan name was Vajk) receives a crown from Pope Sylvester II, and the Kingdom of Hungary is established....