Miskolctapolca or Miskolc-Tapolca is a suburb of Miskolc and is one of the most popular towns of Hungary. The town was used as a holiday resort in the 18th century and belonged to the monastery. It was the monastery that developed the town as a holiday resort and three pools were built for the thermal water found in the area, as well as an indoor bath. In the 19th century the town was bought by Miskolc from the church and it then officially became a resort town. The town of Miskolctapolca is the perfect destination for those needing a nice relaxing and rejuvenating holiday. Muslim travelers will find it hard to locate Muslim-friendly facilities in Miskolctapolca.
The town of Miskolctapolca is renowned for its cave baths. The thermal water in these cave baths are said to be medicinal and is also said to have positive effects on several illnesses. The cave baths is considered to be one of the most beautiful baths in Hungary and it has both indoor and outdoor pools. The thermal water is very relaxing due to its temperature - although it takes some time for the body to get accustomed to its heat. Visitors can splash around as well as walk the extent of the cave bath or even just relax in the indoor pool as swimming is not possible here. The outdoor pool, however, is suitable for swimming. The area surrounding the cave baths is a park which offers its visitors plenty of opportunities to see the area by trekking and hiking. The park, houses an artificial lake where visitors could rent a boat and enjoy a lovely boat ride.
Another place of interest is the Bobpalya which is located next to the summer entrance of the bath caves, visitors will be able to find the bobsled track with its winding tracks which runs through the forest and has a level difference of 50m and a length of 800m. 33 bobs can roll down at any given time; making it a fun activity for both adults and children.
Those visiting the town could also visit Miskolctapolca Adventure Park for some family fun. It is an environmentally friendly park and is a popular tourist attraction. Only children over the height of 130 centimetres are allowed to participate in the attractions and activities present. The park offers a variety of adventure courses, of varying difficulties and is definitely a must-visit.
There are no airports in Miskolctapolca. The Slovakian Kosice International Airport is located nearby. However, the closest major Hungarian airport to Miskolctapolca is the Debrecen International Airport, located approximately 120 kilometres from the city center. The other major airport travelers could use is the Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Budapest, located approximately 180 kilometres from the city center.
There are no known halal restaurants in the city of Miskolctapolca. Muslim travelers will have to buy halal meat, if available, or stick to seafood and vegetarian ingredients and prepare their own meals if they have the facilities to do so. Another option would be to dine at seafood or vegetarian restaurants, or on suitable dishes from a non-halal restaurant, after making sure that non-halal ingredients are not used in the dishes. Muslim travelers should be aware that most restaurants in Miskolctapolca do serve alcohol.
There are no known Islamic centers or mosques in Miskolctapolca, thus making it difficult for Muslim visitors to offer their daily prayers. They could however offer their prayers in the privacy of their hotel rooms before they go out to explore and experience the city and return to the hotel if necessary at prayer time, as the city is quiet compact. When travelers are unable to get back to the hotel they could inquire from the locals to direct them to a clean and quiet area where they could offer their prayers.