A little village called Geresdlak in Baranya County in southern Hungary, is the site of the country’s largest gingerbread village. The work can be seen in a 25 square meter exhibition space by appointment.
The Hungarian village has a 15-year tradition of baking the gingerbread version of its houses, offices, and churches, and the sweet creations are decorated with various images of life.
An earlier version of the gingerbread village from 2019.
This year, the gingerbread is also a symbol of peace, as a family with three children who fled from Ukraine took part in the baking and decoration. They made a replica of their abandoned house and their new home in Geresdlak.
The candy creation is so authentic that the streets, the church and the shop are positioned as they are in real life.
The project’s creator, Erzsébet Kettné Schmidt, also revealed a little trick: as it turns out, sometimes one or two gingerbread paving elements disappear, hinting that sometimes people eat little parts of the creation. “But my God, we can replace them. At least visitors will be convinced that our gingerbread village is real,” she said.
Featured photos via MTI/Sóki Tamás