Visiting the Shire is every Lord of the Rings fan’s dream come true. The village is situated in New Zealand it’s not easy to get there, especially during the pandemic and the constant lockdowns. However, in Europe, more precisely in Hungary, there is a region that could easily become a famous movie set, just like the Shire is.
Located in the well-known Tokaj Wine Region, these small houses are wine cellars. As you can see, they bear a strong resemblance to “hobbit holes” that can be seen in the Tolkien trilogy films. The area, which has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002, produces one of Hungary’s best wines.
There are around 80 fairytale-looking cellars carved into Gombos Hill, made of volcanic rock, and according to some documents, these triangular objects belong to each house in a village called Hercegkut.
The temperature in the cellars varies between 50-52 °F and the mold that covers the cellars helps to maintain the centuries-old quality of Tokaji wines.
If you ever consider visiting Hungary, you shouldn’t miss these picturesque landscapes and objects protruding from the hills.
The fact that it’s a place where wine is kept is yet another way that it can be compared to that of the Shire. After all, if there’s one activity that hobbits love engaging in, it’s drinking alcohol and having a merry old time.