During the round trip starting from the Normafa Ski Lodge, you can discover the main attractions of Normafa! After a few minutes’ walk, you will reach the Anna Field, which is lively both in winter and summer. Then, joining the blue circle trail, you will walk through giant beech trees and reach the upper station of the chairlift. From here, you can climb up to the Erzsébet Lookout Tower with a breathtaking panoramic view, either on the asphalt road, or on forest stairs. Next, take the serpentine path to visit the János Hill Passageway Cave. Following the green triangle trail, you will arrive at the Fairy Hill Quarry, which leads you to the unique-shaped Fairy Rock. From there, passing by the Disznófő-forrás (Boar Head Spring), the Kossuth Memorial, and the Egyetemi lejtő (University Slope), you will return to Normafa.
A short, uphill route leads from the Zugliget station of the Chairlift to the impressive Fairy Rock, marked by the green triangle trail sign. It’s worth taking up the challenge, as from the rock formation rising from the slope of Tündér Hill, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking panorama of Budapest. If you prefer an easier walk, you can also approach the rock by descending from Normafa.
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.
For centuries, Anna Field has been a favourite destination for the capital’s residents, located just 500 metres from Normafa Ski Lodge, where numerous recreational opportunities await year-round. Several hiking trails run through the green area, along with a modern playground, fire pits, and even a charming little chapel. Anna Field is the perfect picnic spot, while in winter it is visited by many families who like to go sledging.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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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