Administratively, Hungary is divided into 19 counties with the capital city of Budapest being independent of any county government. It is a landlocked country, situated in the Carpathian Basin. Its two longest rivers called Danube and Tisza divide Hungary into three parts: Dunántúl (“beyond the Danube”, Transdanubia), Tiszántúl (“beyond the Tisza”), and Duna-Tisza köze (“between the Danube and Tisza”).

Transdanubia, which stretches westward from the centre of the country towards Austria, is a primarily hilly region with a terrain varied by low mountains. These include the very eastern stretch of the Alps, Alpokalja, in the west of the country, the Transdanubian Mountains in the central region of Transdanubia, and the Mecsek Mountains and Villány Mountains in the south. The highest point of the area is the Írott-kő in the Alps, at 882 metres. The Little Hungarian Plain (Kisalföld) is found in northern Transdanubia. Lake Balaton and Lake Hévíz, the largest lake in Central Europe and the largest thermal lake in the world, respectively, are in Transdanubia as well.

The Duna-Tisza köze and Tiszántúl are characterised mainly by the Great Hungarian Plain (Alföld), which stretches across most of the eastern and southeastern areas of the country. To the north of the Plain are the foothills of the Carpathians in a wide band near the Slovakian border. The Kékes at 1,014 m is the tallest mountain in Hungary and is found here.

Despite its relatively small size, the country is home to numerous World Heritage Sites and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.


The National Federation of Rural and Agrotourism

The National Federation of Rural Tourism (FTOSZ back then) was established in 1994 to represent the interests of service providers operating in rural tourism.

FTOSZ has gone through an organizational transformation since 2001, leading it to become an association of 19 county organizations, thus now covering the entire country. They bring the nearly 2,000 hosts together. With the help of the federation’s certifying professionals, the hosts are able to provide the right quality for every service. As part of the transformation, it also assumed the “agro” adjective in the name of FATOSZ, indicating that agrotourism is an integral part of rural tourism. The most important tasks of FATOSZ, also enshrined in its bylaw, are to represent the economic and legal interests of those, who are engaged in rural tourism, to provide them with continuous and relevant information, to bring rural services to the market and to establish cooperation with national professional associations and organizations.

After the laid down process of the qualification, accommodations can get hold of a trademark, named „rural accommodation with sunflowers”. The basic purpose of the certification is to guarantee the quality of the services provided by the accommodation and to ensure, that these services meet with professional expectations, which are defined by FATOSZ.


  • Lobbying through regional entrepreneur federation, with strong influence on legislation and regulation framework
  • Classification and quality Trademark system, our Federation qualifies each accommodation, where the total is 4 sunflowers
  • New website ( for members (free marketing possibility to any rural guest houses due to COVID-19)
  • Organizing trainings for service providers (e.g. „Opportunities in rural tourism”)
  • Regional, national, and international events (participation in relevant events, exhibitions) 
  • Constantly growing national and international partnerships (EUROGITES, border countries)
  • Measuring permanently the demand and customer needs, doing researches 
  • Informing members about current news and opportunities


For more information, click the logo of the member
Hungarian National Federation of Rural and Agrotourism


Offers List:

DISCLAIMER. These offers are examples to showcase the variety of options for a holiday in our rural areas. They have purely informative and promotional purpose without any contractual or commercial value. You should contact directly with the provider for a valid individual specification and quote. In case of any conflict from such a direct contact or reservation, neither Ruraltour nor its member organization are liable.

Grapes and horses in Cserkeszőlő

Enjoy the Hungarian countryside!  1st day:  Arriving to the Győri Lovastanya – welcome drink and snack Using the wellne... read more


Hrsz., tanyaföldek 0208/14., Cserkeszolo, Hungary, 5465

Digital Detox Retreat with gastronomy experiences

Enjoy the Hungarian countryside! Gábor Kovács, the owner of Delta Vendégház, is famous about his cooking talent, he love... read more


5561 Békésszentandrás, Arborétum üdülősor 82.

Explore and enjoy the local life in Szarvas

Enjoy the Hungarian countryside!  Pál Frankó, the owner of the Frankó Tanya Vendégház, is famous for his local knowled... read more


5540 Szarvas, Mótyói szőlők, 72/2.

Small-Scale Adventures

Enjoy the Hungarian countryside!  Gábor Bényei and his wife are smallholders, the guests can get to know the real farm li... read more


Békés, IX. kerület 3030/40, 5630

Following forgotten traditions

Enjoy the Hungarian countryside!  Béla Sándor Koroknai, the owner of Koroknai Porta, is a huge fan of Hungarian tradition... read more


Báránd, Szélmalom u. 1, 4161

Miracles of Palóc

Enjoy the Hungarian countryside! Imréné Szabó, the owner of Bányász Vendégház (Borbála Vendégházak - Barbara guest... read more


Secrets of Vendvidék

Enjoy the Hungarian countryside!  Ferencé Koledits and her husband are the owner of Kétvölgy Guesthouse in Kétvölgy, t... read more


9982 Kétvölgy, Fő út 36.

History, Nature, Knowledge

Enjoy the Hungarian countryside! Harcosné Szabadi Mária Renáta and Harcos Attila are the owner of Bokréta Guest house in... read more


8597 Ganna, Fő u. 122.

Nature experience in Bezi

Enjoy the Hungarian countryside! Dóra family are the owner of Levendula Guest house in Bezi, they are famous about their kn... read more


9162 Bezi, Rákóczi u. 23.