The hiking trail connects popular locations in Buda, and with its slight 266-metre elevation, everyone can enjoy it. You can reach the first stop of the hike from Kelenföld by taking the 8E bus and getting off at the Irhás-árok stop. After a short walk, you will immediately reach the highest point of the hike: the 312-metre-high Ördög-orom limestone cliff, which is under nature protection and offers stunning views of the Buda landscape. The steep dolomite ridge can be reached by a 6-station nature trail, which you can complete in about two hours. Leaving the viewpoint behind, you should head towards Farkas-völgy (Wolf Valley), from where a slightly uphill road will lead you to the Normafa stop on the Children’s Railway. From here, turning towards Széchenyi Hill, you can walk on a straight path next to Hegyhát road towards the final station of the Children’s Railway, where a renovated playground and a small park awaits hikers. From Széchenyi Hill, the most charming way to descend to the city is by the cogwheel railway, which overcomes a 315-metre elevation difference between the hill and Városmajor. From there, you have access to various forms of public transportation at Széll Kálmán Square.
Budapest’s richest plant life, around 600 species, are hidden in the Ördög-orom Nature Reserve, which you can discover during a short but exciting hike. The approximately two-hour trail reveals the secrets of the area’s wildlife at 6 stations before leading you to the 312-metre-high top of the limestone block, from where you can enjoy a unique panorama of the city.
Normafa, the highest point of Svábhegy, is undoubtedly Budapest’s number one resting and hiking spot, visited by nature enthusiasts for centuries. If you’d like to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, explore the exciting hiking trails, sports facilities, and breathtaking natural treasures of the huge green park, and, of course, don’t miss out on the legendary Normafa strudel!
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Since 1970, the Zugligeti Chairlift has been transporting passengers to János Hill, overcoming a 262-metre elevation difference. One of the most popular attractions in the capital city, it operates year-round, every day of the week (except for maintenance days). During its 2600-metre journey, you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the city, especially when travelling downhill.
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.
Normafa Park Visitor Centre
At the beginning of your hike in Normafa, it’s worth stopping by the Normafa Park Visitor Centre, located near the parking area and bus stop. Here, you can find an information desk where the staff will help you navigate through the trails and various activities available in Normafa. In addition, you can explore the sports history exhibition at the visitor centre and even rent a locker or luggage storage if needed.
Erzsébet Lookout Tower
Budapest’s most famous lookout tower is on János Hill, reaching 528 metres above the city, making it the highest point of the capital for over 110 years. It was named after Queen Elizabeth, better known as Sissy, who loved to admire the detailed landscape below from here. It’s worth visiting this attraction with a combined trip that includes a ride on the chairlift from the direction of Normafa.
The Szent Ferenc Hospital has created a Cardio Path at Normafa, specifically designed for individuals with cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, and diabetes, although of course, anyone in the family can join in for some healthy exercise! The trail is marked with the shape of a heart, and you can choose from three hiking trails of varying difficulty, and occasionally join guided tours led by health professionals.
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.
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.
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