Zalaegerszeg (Egersee in German, Jegersek or Jagersek in Croatian; common abbreviation: “Zeg”) is the seat of Zala County, a town with county status. As the center of the Zalaegerszeg district, many settlements belong to its catchment area. It is the 17th most populated city in Hungary.

Its first written mention dates from 1247 as Egurscug, and in 1293 it is already called Egerszeg.

After the fall of Kanizsa in 1600, its role grew, it gradually became the center of Zala County, and in today's terms it became a county seat in the 18th century. The prosperity of the city began in the 1920s, under the office of Mayor Mátyás Czobor, nearly 40 new streets were opened, a new public cemetery, a row of love houses and rental flats were built, and the public hospital was expanded. In 1929, Zalaegerszeg became a county town.

One of the most flowery, greenest cities in Hungary, in 2008 it won the highest prize of the Organizing Committee for a Flowery Hungary, the Golden Rose Prize.



Geographical coordinates of Zalaegerszeg é. s. 46.84538 ° and k. h. 16.84721 °. It is the seat of Zala county, a city with county status. It is located in Western Transdanubia, on both banks of the river Zala, at approximately equal distances (50–70 km) from the Austrian, Slovenian and Croatian borders, in the Zala Hills region, on the edge of the Göcsej micro-region. It has an average elevation of 156 meters above sea level. Lake Balaton is 45 km east of it. Its distance from Budapest is 213 kilometers by road and 239 kilometers by rail. The nearest motorway exit is 50 km away, next to Nagykanizsa on the M7 motorway.


Its natural geographical features

The thickness of the earth's crust here is 25-27 km, that of the lithosphere 60-80 km. Throughout the history of the earth, marine and terrestrial sedimentation in the area have alternated during periods of ascent and descent. The most important event of the Pliocene age was the formation of gravel areas from river embankment. During the Pleistocene, loess covered large areas. Almost exclusively the youngest rocks are found on the surface, but upper Pannonian rocks can also appear on the valley bottoms.

The city is located in the northern part of the Zala Hills, on the border of three micro-regions. The south-western parts of the city already extend into the territory of Göcsej, so there are characteristic “mountains” of 200-250 meters high, with varying exposures. The north-eastern and eastern slopes are the steepest, descending to the south-southwest, gradually decreasing, formed by derasis and gel solifluction. The northern and central parts are located in the tectonically predicted and funnel-like widening to the east in the Upper Zala Valley. On the right side of the valley were deep, narrow valleys, hard-to-recognize terraces, Old Holocene sediments associated with Pannonian clay, and sloping, sloping slopes covered on the left. However, human activity has almost completely transformed them into more suitable forms for settlement. The eastern parts of the city stretch on smaller meridional lines connecting to the Söjtöri ridge of the East Zala Hills.

The duration of sunlight varies between 1950 and 2000 hours / year, which is the lowest value compared to Hungarian areas in the same latitude. This is due to the average annual cloud cover of 56-62% caused by the strength of the Atlantic impact. Among the wind directions, the most common are north and south, totaling approx. 30%, the meridional valleys help to maintain their direction. Windless periods are also common, about 25%.

The annual rainfall is around 800 mm. The average number of snow-covered days is 45.


In the clayey, clayey parts there are opportunities for the formation of a dense water network, which is one of the densest in Hungary. In this context, the valley density is also very high. The formation of the valleys was also facilitated by the loose surface rock and the Quaternary uplift of the area. However, the fragmentation of the topography is not conducive to the formation of large watercourses, so the largest one, Zala, is only in the vicinity of the stream-sized Zalaegerszeg. As the erosion base of the area, it collects water from smaller ditches. These include Válicka, which flows from the south to Zala. There are several small and large lakes in the city. The most significant is Lake Gébárti, artificially created in 1975. Pose in a part of town after the abandonment of gravel mines, fishing lakes were established.

Around Zalaegerszeg, there are two types of plant associations: the valleys are characterized by waterfront meadows, willow and alder groves. In the higher areas there are hornbeam and sessile oaks, Zala beeches, and oak trees, and the occurrence of sweet chestnuts is common. Within the city, only parks show the memory of the old rich forests. (Peace Park, Dózsa Park, Park Forest)

The livestock associated with the Zala flora is not different from the Hungarian average, it typically consists of large game (deer, roe deer, wild boar) and is home to few special animal species. This game is of economic importance, both for game meat and for hunting. The deer trophies of Zala are famous, they have already won several world championship medals.

Poor quality soils have developed around the city, the most significant of which are clay-washed brown forest soils. Due to this feature, large areas are utilized even within the city limits for vineyards, where more undemanding varieties are created.