The region bears the name of the river Ipeľ, great part of which flows along the frontier between Slovakia and Hungary.

The depressed part of Poiplie are surrounded by volcanic mountain ranges. Although the last volcanoes extinguished a long time ago, they have left great mineral wealth here.

Photo: Dobroč © Peter Babiak

Apart from once famous mining towns of Krupina or Pukanec, the region also boasts many great castles and castles-ruins such as Fiľakovo CastleModrý Kameň CastleHalič CastleŠomoška CastleDivín Castle and Čabraď Castle, along with Fort Bzovík, the anti-Turkish defence monument.

Photo: Fort Bzovík © Pavel Golian

The long period of Turkish threat has left its traces as well. This southern corner of Slovakia has many old monasteries, manor houses and unique technical monuments set in wonderful landscape covered by vineyards. Hot water springs in spa town of Dudince are destinations of all those who want to relax in natural hot water springs.

Photo: Town of Fiľakovo with the castle in the background © Peter Babiak

Fiľakovo Castle

Čabraď Castle

Fort Bzovík

Modrý Kameň Castle

Divín Castle

Halič Castle

Stone Waterfall

Šomoška Castle

Manor House Dolná Strehová