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Cellars of Szekszárd

Hidden : 10/31/2008
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A geoláda a oldalon GCSZPI név alatt találod. Ne feledkezz el a jelszóról ha ott is logolni szeretnél! This cache is also available on as GCSZPI.

This is a six stage multicache in Szekszárd that requires 4,2 km (2.6 mile) walking, biking or driving. I recommend biking or taking your car as all stages, except Stage 3, are nearly drive-in. Stealth is required at each stage. Please, watch out for muggles to ensure the cache's long life!

This multi cache is established the Hungarian way. The coordinates of each stage are published. You need to collect the pieces of a password at the stages and send in the complete password (20 characters) to cache owner before logging your find. But, as this is the international game you may play it differently. If you are not interested in the sights, but care only for the smiley, you may take this as a traditional cache. Go to the final (the coordinates posted in the heading), sign the logbook, and mention in your log here that you did not visit the other five stages.

The historical town of Szekszárd is the county seat of Tolna and also the head of a wine region that has been in existence for centuries.
Wine growing became dominant in the area in the 18th century. More and more cellars were established in the second part of the century. The cellars were used not only for processing and storing wine, but also as summer residences and receiving guests.
From the middle of the 20th century rows of cellars were demolished because of the extension of the city. Among the remaining ones I will show you some nicely renovated ones that still serves as a cellars, but you will see some in neglected condition or completely abandoned. It is also interesting to see how the city grew around some of them.

Stage 1: Wine-press House at the Palánki Hill (Palánki-hegyi présház)
There used to be several elegant wine-press houses on the Palánki Hill, for example that of Baron Antal August, who was the friend and patron of Ferenc Liszt, and Baron Schell, another aristocrat in Tolna county. Now, the only cellar left is wedged in between car dealerships and industrial properties. It serves as a residential building, divided into condos. It was built for the Schallenberger family at the same time as the ""Újvárosi church" (1864-1868), by the same laborers. The building shows similarities in style both to the Újváros church as well as the synagogue in downtown. It is not surprising as they were designed by the same architect, Hans Petschnigg from Graz.

Stage 2: Herman Cellar (Herman pince)
We will find this impressive, large cellar near the end of Kadarka street. It was built in the middle of the 19th century in Classical style. It currently is the headquarters of the Schnieber winery, but previously it functioned as a restaurant and a guesthouse.

Stage 3.: Bathouse Street (Fürdőház utca)
This street near the downtown got its name from the steam-house that once operated here. Legends say that a bath existed here already in the Turkish times (16th-17th century). On the middle of the street stands the "Turkish house". With its wooden tower and Romantic-Historical style it does emit some Turkish atmosphere - though it was built only in 1850. The interesting building has been nicely renovated recently and turned into the Szekszárd Wine Museum where visitors can learn about the wine region's history, characteristics and culture.
Also, one side of the street a row of old cellars can be observed.

Stage 4.: Boda wine-press house (Boda présház)
The building got its name after its owner, Vilmos Boda, who was the chief editor, later the owner of the Tolna County Gazette (Tolna megyei közlöny), the first newspaper of the county, first published in 1873.
This building was his home as well his wine-press house. It was originally built in Classical style, but got its current look at the end of the 19th century. It is interesting that the railing of the balcony has 1848 written on it. It is because Boda was a representative of the '48 Independence Party.
The building was turned into condos and party serves as social housing. It would deserve better...

Stage 5: Czéh Cellar (Czéh tanya)
I could not find any information about its history. It is a miracle that it has survived in the concrete jungle.

Stage 6: Nedelkovics Cellar (Nedelkovics pince) (coordinates in the heading)
Another good example of the Classical wine-press house. Probably the oldest still in existence. It was designed by Jakab Stann, an architect of Swiss origin. It served both as residence and as wine-press house.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

F1: zntargvp zvpeb
F2: zntargvp zvpeb
F3: cer-sbez ba tebhaq yriry
F4: zntargvp zvpeb
F5: cersbez va angheny uvqr
F6: plyvaqre funcrq pbagnvare va angheny uvqr

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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