Lenti and its region, the Kerka valley lie in the south-western corner of Hungary, near the Slovenian, Croatian and Austrian borders. The area is located at the meeting point of three ethnographic regions (Őrség, Göcsej and Hetés).
Őrség [literally ‘watchmen’ in Hungarian] is perhaps the only one region in Hungary which got its name not after a geographic concept but its own history. The inhabitants of the historic ‘Őrség’ region had been Hungarians or people from Hungarian-speaking populations entrusted with border control since the founding of the state. Their task was to preserve the territorial integrity and independence of the country. There are several early medieval memories in the area of Őrség. Kercasomor: Saint Vendel Church (‘Puszta’ cemetry); wooden frescoes of the Romanesque church in Őriszentpéter settlement – the building was converted into a fortress in the Turkish era. An industrial history monument: a medieval brick maker in its neighbourhood. The frescoes painted by János Aquila can be seen in the Romanesque church in Velemér settlement. There are many possibilities for recreation in the countryside: Lake Vadása or the Őrség National Park, for example. More information on the region can be found here: www.orseg.info.hu
Göcsej is the best-known and most commonly mentioned geographic and ethnographic region of Zala County. Its borders cannot be specified exactly. If we consider its natural boundaries, the extremely uneven, erosive-derasive terrain with hills and valleys and rich vegetation belongs to the region surrounded by rivers Zala, Válicka and Kerka. The region is an ecologically very valuable but unprotected area with special flora and excellent hiking places. Kandikó, the highest peak of Zala County can be found here. There are three stoppered (plugged) thermal wells in Becsvölgy, Barlahida and Milejszeg. There are many springs and streams and a public water reservoirs in Kustánszeg. There are some trees of landscape-value in the area, too.
Hetés is a Hungarian ethnographical region located in the south-western part of Hungary and in the Prekmurje region of Slovenia; geographically it is situated at the junction of the regions of River Kerka and Mur. It is an attractive countryside for people interested in folk architecture and folk art. Travellers may learn about the more hundred years old tradition of making hand-woven fabrics called ‘Hetési szőttes’. Table clothes, pillowcases, shirts – all decorated with only one colour but beautiful folk patterns. The craft of the woven textile ‘Hetési szőttes’ was inherited on the region by Béla Virágh and his wife. They survived the storms of history and collected the motif system of decoration from the 1950s onwards. Villages belonging to Hetés Region are Bödeháza, Gáborjánháza, Szijártóháza and Zalaszombatfa on the Hungarian side, and Göntérháza, Kámaháza, Radamos, Zsitkóc, Hídvég and Bánuta in Slovenia.