Palkonya still preserves the architectural style of the German viticulturists who settled here in the 18th century. Its most famous tourist attraction, is the protected street of cellars consisting of 53 press houses covering the hillside at the end of Palkonya. Half of the homes in the village are locally listed buildings, their façades are ornamented with ceramics plates saying “Védett”, i.e. “Protected”, as a result of the architectural heritage protection programme.
Palkonya is situated among three fishing lakes, whose rich bird fauna and tranquillity offer real recreation for anglers and excursionists. The area is crossed by several marked walking trails, and the “Three Rivers” international cycling trail also crosses the village.
The most popular feast of Palkonya is the event called the "Open Cellars at Whitsun", which awaits guests with wine tasting, cultural programmes, children’s programmes and horse-drawn carriage rides.
The Catholic church of the village was built by the Batthyány family, and the family had it consecrated in 1816 to the honour of St. Elizabeth. The church with its red dome, visible from quite a distance, is one of the most beautiful of the Hungarian round churches. The playground with wooden toys in the main street is a splendid work of folk art wood carving. To top it all off, those walking up the “Weingarten” (Wine Garden) Hill of Palkonya can enjoy the unmatched panorama of the village. On this hill there is the newly built St. Bartholomew's Chapel, consecrated in 2007.
In 2007 Palkonya became Hungary's first Cultural Village of Europe in 2007. Palkonya is a founding member of the Cultural Village of Europe movement, established in 1997 in the Dutch settlement Wijk aan Zee. Villages from 12 European countries maintain lively cultural and friendly relations to each other in this movement. The objective of the movement is to highlight the village way of life and how villagers can maintain and share what is valuable about it. Among the 12 villages Palkonya is the smallest.
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