On a beautiful sunny afternoon, it is a perfect programme to visit Lake Naplás. Start your excursion with a good warm-up: take a leisurely walk along the Szilas Stream and enjoy the sunshine. The impeccable asphalt road is a favourite for many: not only hikers and families make use of this place, but runners and cyclists also frequent it, as it is a true recreational paradise. Numerous resting spots await along the stream.
After a few kilometres of walking, the asphalt ends, and you find yourself in the heart of nature on a narrow path. A few signs indicate why the area you’re in is fascinating and protected: unique aquatic and terrestrial animals live here, and you can observe them if you’re attentive enough. The path ends at the wall of a dam, a structure without which there would be no Lake Naplás. Its precise name is an overflow, and it functions like the small hole on the side of a sink. If too much water were to enter the lake, the excess flows into the Szilas Stream through this cavity.
Swimming and boating in the lake are prohibited, so be sure to follow these rules! However, as you walk along the embankment, you can observe various animals, from wild ducks to the grass snake and even some special insects (e.g. the longhorn beetle, Purpuricenus budensis). Although the lake is small, the path around it is very diverse. After passing the dam guardhouse, you’ll encounter agricultural land, followed by a dense forest. The moist soil favours the trees, resulting in lush vegetation. Once you’ve found a charming bench, spend a few minutes there, simply observing the world around you. Once you’ve refreshed yourself, continue your journey along the path and visit the lookout tower to admire the surroundings from above – including the Buda Hills that adorn the horizon. Before you finish your hike, don’t miss the resting spot by the lake, where a coffee or a waffle will make your walk complete.
Lake Naplás Lookout Tower
In the capital, numerous lookout towers await for you to take in the city from above – but on the Pest side, you won’t find too many. That’s why the structure in the 16th district, rising 22 metres above ground level, is quite special, offering a complete panoramic view for those who ascend the stairs. The beam tower was built in 2021, and people mockingly call it the „Beer Opener Lookout”. Why? To find out, you’ll have to go there yourself!
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