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Buda Green 3: From Solymár through Nagykovácsi to Telki / Far from the noise of the city

By 2023.10.13.január 8th, 2024No Comments

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The Green trail of Buda holds promises of memorable experiences on its third and final section, where you can leave the busy city behind and embrace a peaceful, natural recharge. The route, which ends in Telki, leads from Solymár towards Nagykovácsi. Upon leaving the centre of Solymár, you’ll venture into the forest path leading to Zsíros Hill. It’s worth making a detour here towards the Ördöglyuk (Devil’s Hole) Cave, located at an impressive 348 metres above sea level and serving as a remarkable viewpoint. The cave is freely accessible to visitors. For caving enthusiasts, the 5.5-kilometre-long Devil’s Hole is a real adventure! From the hill, an easy walk leads to Nagykovácsi, the highest situated settlement in the agglomeration, where several options for relaxation await, from an ice cream shop to a traditional red-checked-tablecloth restaurant. The name of the village originates from the royal blacksmiths and ironworkers who once lived here. After the break, you need to cross the Devil’s Trench to reach the Windbreak Forest, whose name commemorates the devastation caused by a tornado-like windstorm in 1924. At the end of the trail, you’ll pass by the Anna Hunting Lodge, then, going around the 422-metre-high Telki Hill from the north, you’ll arrive at Telki, the final station of the Buda Green trail.

Attractions

Ördög-árok (Devil’s Trench)

In the Nagykovácsi Basin, the Devil’s Trench’s seasonal stream originates, which makes a 21-kilometre journey from the nature to the city. After heavier rains, it flows as a clear-water stream through the picturesque Remete Notch before reaching Hűvösvölgy, where it continues its path first in a concrete channel and then underground to the sewage system of Buda.

Széltörés-erdő

Between Nagykovácsi and Telki, lies the uniquely named Széltörés-erdő (Windbreak Forest), which was named after a memorable tornado-like windstorm. The hurricane arrived from the direction of Páty on 14 June 1924, claiming several lives. Today, on the Telki-Nagykovácsi forest road, on the oak tree at the green tourist sign, a fire-enamelled holy image commemorates the victims.

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Csergezán Pál Lookout Tower

At the highest point of the Buda Hills, on top of the 559-metre-high Nagy-Kopasz peak, the Csergezán Pál Lookout Tower rises proudly, constructed from red pine. Exactly 100 steps lead to the tower’s top level, and it’s worth climbing them all because an incomparable panoramic view awaits you up there. On clear days, the panorama from the tower unveils a 100-kilometre radius view of Budapest, encompassing the Pilis Mountains, Visegrád Mountains, Mátra, Vértes, Gerecse, and Velence Hills’ majestic contours.

Budakeszi Wildlife Park

The Budakeszi Wildlife Park is located on the outskirts of Budapest, in the Budakeszi Valley. It can be reached by taking the 22 bus family from Szépjuhászné railway station. Covering over three hundred hectares within enclosed grounds, the park showcases the flora and fauna of the forests surrounding Buda, as well as species native to other parts of Hungary and Europe. The Budakeszi Wildlife Park was opened in 1979 on the occasion of the International Year of Children.

Budakeszi Adventure Park

Situated within the premises of the Budakeszi Wildlife Park, the adventure park offers six different levels of difficulty across its courses, inviting thrill-seekers who enjoy heights and excitement into its beautiful forest setting.

Budakeszi Arboretum

From Friday to Sunday, the Budakeszi Arboretum welcomes nature enthusiasts. It’s worth visiting not only for leisurely forest walks but also for its diverse range of organized programmes. Observe the park’s rich biodiversity while enjoying a peaceful, green environment not far from the city. At the forest pond, you can encounter pond turtles, and in the birdhouse, you’ll have the chance to see doves and quail.

Nagy-Szénás

Many say that one of the most beautiful panoramas around Budapest awaits hikers on the green plain above the Nagy-Szénás Forest boundary. Starting from Nagykovácsi, a mere 2.1-kilometre educational trail leads to the hilltop in just 1.5 hours. During this round tour through diverse terrain, you’ll encounter not only breathtaking views but will also get acquainted with the rare natural treasures of Szénások.

Details

Region: Budapest and agglomeration
Days to complete: 1 day
Difficulty: medium
Tour type: walking
Length: 12.8 km
Hours to complete: 4 h

Starting point: Solymár, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Road bus stop

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