House of Folk Arts: The first stop on many excursions is this shop selling immensely colorful Hungarian embroidery. A 200-year-old farmhouse with a thatched roof is adjacent, demonstrating the typical dwellings of rural Hungarians in the 19th century. The walls of the shop are adorned with breathtaking circular and rectangular embroidered wall hangings, most with floral designs. Also available for purchase are embroidered tablecloths, place settings, pillowcases and blouses. The guest room in the farmhouse boasts colorful floral wallpaper, a ceramic stove and many pillows, demonstrating the family's level of affluence. The more utilitarian kitchen and bedroom showcase daily life.
House of Paprika: Don't confuse this attraction with the Paprika Museum in the city center. Since Kalocsa is known for its production of paprika and for hosting an annual paprika festival, the exhibits at this facility illustrate the pervasiveness of the "red gold" in Hungarian cuisine and daily life -- that the average Hungarian family consumes 3 kilos of paprika per year is just one of the "fun facts" visitors learn here. Visitors will also learn to distinguish between the round, very hot peppers and the longer, milder ones. Paprika production is explained in great detail as well as the place of paprika in Hungarian history.
Bakod Puszta: The highlight of a visit to Kalocsa is a stop at this equestrian center a few miles out of town. In what amounts to a Hungarian "rodeo," horsemen wearing traditional costumes sweep into the arena, creating what sounds like sonic booms by cracking their whips. Various competitions include one where the riders attempt to snatch a shawl clenched in another rider's teeth with the goal of returning it to a young lady. The show ends with one rider driving a team of 10 horses, standing barefoot on the backs of two of them. Afterward, visitors can take a carriage ride.