Today, the Palkonya still faithfully preserves the architectural culture of the German vine-growers who settled here in the 18th century.
The most notable monument in the village is the cellar row of 53 press houses that cover the hillside at the end of the village. Half of the houses are locally protected monuments, and as a result of the architectural heritage conservation programme, their façades are decorated with ceramics in the shape of a house with the inscription 'Protected'.
Palkonya is surrounded by three fishing lakes, whose rich bird life and tranquillity offer a refreshing experience for those who come for fishing and hiking. There are several marked hiking trails in the area, and the international "Three Rivers" cycling trail passes through here.
Palkonya's most popular festival is the "Pentecost Open Cellars", which offers wine tasting, cultural events, children's activities and horse-drawn carriage rides.
The village's Catholic church was built by the Batthyány family and consecrated in 1816 in honour of St. Elisabeth. The red-domed church, which is visible from afar, is one of the most beautiful examples of the round churches in Hungary. The wooden playground in the main street is a significant work of folk woodcarving.
In addition to all this, the unrivalled panorama of Palkonya can be enjoyed by walking up to the "Weingarten" vineyard in Palkonya, where the newly built chapel of St Bartholomew, consecrated in 2007, is located. The village was the first in Hungary to become a European Cultural Village in 2007.
Palkonya is a founding member of the European Cultural Village movement, which was established in 1999 in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. Villages from 12 European countries are actively involved in cultural and friendly relations. The aim of the movement is to emphasise the vitality of village life and to promote and share the values and culture of villages. Palkonya is the smallest of the 12 villages.
Autóval az 58-as úton haladunk ki kertváros felé, majd a körforgalomnál rákanyarpodunk az M60-as útra.