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Blue Trail in the Capital!

By 2023.10.13.január 8th, 2024No Comments

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For the locals of Budapest, the most accessible section of the 1160 km-long National Blue Trail is section number 14. This hike is so convenient that you can use public transportation to reach the starting point and easily get back home from the endpoint. The section starts from Hűvösvölgy and heads straight for the Hármashatárhegy Glider Airfield. It’s easy to forget you’re in a city of two million people… the first real sight is the Lion Rock – be sure to take a photo there! As you continue climbing, you’ll reach the first viewpoint of the hike – and there will be several more to come. From the Árpád Lookout Tower, which has been towering here for almost a century, you can see not only the southern part of the Buda Hills but also Budapest and the bridges of the winding Danube.

After a bit of a rollercoaster (descents and climbs), you’ll arrive at the next lookout point, where you absolutely must stop – and not just to stamp your booklet with the blue stamp. The Guckler Károly Lookout Tower on Hármashatár Hill is interesting in several aspects. The view here is also remarkable, and you can now see the horizon to the north with the Visegrád Mountains. If you’d like a longer break, we recommend the Hangás Bistro, where you can refuel with food and drinks before tackling the last third of the hike. While there might be fewer attractions on this section, the natural environment remains captivating. Once you descend into the valley, stamp your booklet and rejoice – you’ve completed the first section of the Blue Trail in your life!

Attractions

Lookout towers of Buda

You can take in the views from 360 or 499 metres above sea level on this hike, at least that’s how high the Árpád Lookout Tower and the Guckler Károly Lookout Tower are. The former will celebrate its first century in 2029, while the latter was completed in 2016. The Árpád Lookout Tower offers stunning views, mainly to the south. The stone-built structure, resembling a fairy-tale castle, is covered in ivy, creating a truly enchanting atmosphere. The Guckler Károly Lookout Tower, named after the forest master, is much more modern. Its wooden beams form a contemporary geometric shape.

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Széchenyi Hill Children’s Railway

This railway is a unique attraction, where children operate the trains – a one-of-a-kind experience. The narrow-gauge railway line runs from Széchenyi Hill station to Hűvösvölgy. In addition to the two terminal stations, the trains stop at 6 scheduled locations: Normafa, Csillebérc, Virágvölgy, János Hill, Szépjuhászné, and Hárs Hill. The Buda Hills’ lookout towers, forest playgrounds, shrines, and other interesting spots are located near the stations and stops.

Pál-völgyi Cave

In Budapest, you will find the country’s longest cave system, the Pál-völgyi Cave, which is about 31 kilometres long and reveals a magical world of stalactites and extraordinary rock formations that has remained unchanged for thousands of years. Except for Mondays, you can join guided tours in the cave every day, and when you visit, don’t miss the interactive exhibition in the visitor centre!

Details

Region: Budapest and agglomeration
Days to complete: 1 day
Difficulty: medium
Tour type: walking
Length: 14 km
Hours to complete: 3 h
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