Hidden in the forests of Mecsek and surrounded by a beautiful, protected natural area in Southern Hungary lies the tiny village of Kisújbánya. It used to be a traditional settlement with flourishing glass industry, selfbuilt adobe houses and a high level of self-sufficiency.
Many of its inhabitants were of German origin. Like many other small villages, Kisújbánya almost disappeared during the socialist regime, due to the adverse rural policy of the party: the elementary school and the shops were closed down, there were no roads built to connect the village with the nearby bigger settlements.
In the ‘70s many of the inhabitants have left, the buildings were bought by people living in cities as holiday houses. At the moment there are a few pensioners living in the village, some families come to visit for the weekends and there is an active organisation willing to bring life, tourism and culture to Kisújbánya and to revive traditions.

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