Mohács is a small town at the south part of Hungary, at the Danube. We were there last Saturday, on a really hot summer day, so probably that’s why there were no big crowd there, we arrived in a quiet, peaceful town. I haven’t prepared myself, was there without any maps, didn’t know anything about the city (except a part of the history). We reached the city center, parked the car and went out for a walk. We walked down to the river, right to the ferry, eating icecream with the kids, just watching the boats. After a short walk from the Danube, we arrived to the main square, visited the Town Hall and the beautiful Church Of Oath.
We roved around the small center of Mohács, then went south, where near to the city there is the Historical Memorial Park of the big battle of 1526, when the Turkish troops defeated the Hungarian reserve forces and invaded the country for the next 150 years. This park originally is a huge grave of the thousands soldiers died in this battle, 120 wooden statues and grave-marks guard the sad and grievous memory of them.
Then went to north next to the town, down to the riffle of a little creek, called Csele, where our king, II. Lajos tragically fell down of his horse, being fled after the lost battle, and died there as his heavy armour pulled him down under the water.
Lajos was weak and sick as a child, he almost died when he was born, his mother lived only 3 weeks after. His father II. Ulászló of Jagello (the Bohemian-Hungarian king) wanted to give him everything he could, good education for being a right king. He was only 2 years old, when was crowned in Székesfehérvár as a Hungarian prince and 1 year after in Prague as a Bohemian king. So he could be king without difficulties right after his father died – even though the Hungarian noblemen didn’t want any more kings. He was only 10, herited a penniless throen, full of jarring and discording noblemen who all wanted to break away a big part of the country. The young Lajos was in Prague for trying to get help in money and army, when the Turkish defeated the southest fortress of Hungary at Nándorfehérvár (today called as Beograd, as it is now in Serbia) and left towards the center of the country. The lords insisted on him to participate in the battle, in spite of he hadn’t had any life- or battle-experiences at all. The battle was all over in 1,5 hours, the powerful Turkish army swept away the scrappy Hungarian troops. II. Lajos lived only 20 years.
Going west next to the creek, we found the Szent Miklós watermill, which was renovated in 2008, and now operates as a mill-historical museum. We visited it, was guided by a friendly, nice family. We saw various types of hand-mills from the middle ages and the big water-mill which was re-built by Transylvanian masters. We could try the mills and watched th ebig water-mill in use. They didn’t have too much water, as the creek is farer nowadays and they had only a well for that, so the water came slowly, but we enjoyed it very much. 🙂