Man from Corund composing legends and tales quickly reached the “beginnings”. Here is a short quote from József Bartha`s manuscript entitled: Monograph of Township Corund (1942): “I heard this tale from a very old man when I was a child: a very long time ago the only lord of the region lived in the castle of Firtos. When his children became grown-ups, they all requested their inheritance. The eldest asked to be given land according to his age (in Hungarian: koromhoz). This is how Corund was established.”
Corund is a big and important commune in Harghita County, the former Udvarhelyszék, on the South of the Salt Region. The township is one of the most famous and well known Transylvanian communes. Its name is inseparable from popular ceramics; it is one of Transylvania`s folk pottery center. In Corund pottery represents the living on of folk art, the continuation of traditions and also the prospering of locals. Corund keeping its traditions is a prototype of the modernizing szekler village and its bases on pottery industry, trading, tourism and its cultural role is growing.
Corund is not special only because of its folk art, but also because of the natural resources of the area.
Some famous natural values of the township are: the snail hill, which is today a nature conservation area, the legendary places of the hills surrounding the commune (Likas-stone, Mountain Firtos) or the healing mineral water springs at the boundaries of the village. Although the former Corund bath is only a memory today, it represented one of Transylvania`s most important baths. All these natural resources give the commune`s originality, varied facet and touristic value.
Another important folk activity besides making ceramics is the processing of tinder which is a very rare occupation. We can meet people who do wood carving and weaving professionally and women who do needlework and embroidery contributing with their products to the increase of the commune`s folk art value.
A constant sight is the craft`s fair along the main road.
The varied products are very eye-catching even for the snoozing tourist in the bus. More than 100 folk art shops await the interested ones from morning to late evening day by day. Visitors can choose between products of ceramics, straw- bottomed products, cornhusk spins, wattles, woollies, linen dresses, broad-coats, wooden tools, articles for personal use and ornaments.
The guests of the Forrás guesthouse get a 10% discount from our folk art shop in the center of the town.
Don`t forget to ask for a rates card at the reception!
DAY TOUR OFFERS
Discovering the Salt Region: Corund (crafts fair, painted and burnt ceramic, presenting pottery, pottering) – Ocna de Sus – Ocna de Jos – Praid (salt mine and museum) – Sovata (Lacul Ursu, bathing in the thermal water).
Tour of Crişeni: Corund – Păuleni – Incăleni (a part of the UNESCO world heritage, monument church, church ceiling with Transylvanian runic writing, Old Hungarian script) – Bezidu Nou (flooded village) – Crişeni (straw hat museum, presentation of folk crafts ) – Sângeorgiu de Pădure (Wesselényi- house, the Rhédey family’s castle, Rhédey Claudia’s tomb – II. Queen Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother) – Sovata – Praid – Ocna de Sus
Tour of Cheile Bicazului: Praid – pasul Bucin – Borzont – Lăzarea – Gheorgheni (Armenian Catholic church) – Lăzarea (Italian-built Lázár-castle) – Lacul Roşu – Cheile Bicazului
Tour of Odorheiu Secuiesc: Corund – pasul Calonda – Lupeni (Tamási Áron Transylvanian writer’s tomb and memorial) – Bisericani – Seiche and Poloniţa (lines of Transylvanian gates, description of Transylvanian gates, Orbán Balázs’s tomb) – Odorheiu Secuiesc
ZETELAKI VÍZTÁROZÓI TÚRA
Water Reservoir Tour of Zetea: Corund – Odorheiu Secuiesc – Brădeşti – Zetea – Sub Cetate – Water Reservoir of Zetea – Izvoarea – Harghita Mădăraş – hospice of Harghita (1/2 hour easy walking tour to the 1801-meter-high Transylvanian’s Saint mountain, outlook from the viewpoints).
Tour of Miercurea Ciuc: Corund – Lupeni – Odorheiu Secuiesc – Satu Mare – Băile Homorod – Vlăhiţa – Harghita Băi – Miercurea Ciuc – Şumuleu Ciuc (pilgrimage church of Şumuleu Ciuc, Virgin Mary-statue)
Tour of Ghimeş: Corund – Odorheiu Secuiesc – Miercurea Ciuc – Ghimeş (amazing landscape, Rákóczi-ruins, 1000 years old borderline, popular architecture, museum) – Tuşnad – Lacul Sfânta Ana (walking on the lake shore, Tinovul Mohoş with rare insectivorous plants ) – Turia (Peştera Turia- gas outlets)
Tour of Sighişoara: Corund – Odorheiu Secuiesc – Mugeni – Cristuru Secuiesc (Petőfi’s pear tree, landscape museum) – Vânători – Sighişoara (clock tower, old Castle, Monastery Church, Castle Church)
Tour of Braşov: Corund – Odorheiu Secuiesc – Sighişoara – Braşov (old Town, Historical Museum, Black-Church) – Bran (XV – XVI. Century DRACULA-Castle, crafts fair, 1000 years old borderline) – Peleş (royal castle)