Hiking and Climbing in Hungary
Information on the opportunities for hiking, walking and climbing in Hungary's hills and countryside...
There is a wide variety of rock climbing available in Hungary, including sport climbing, bouldering and multi-pitch traditional routes. A lot of the climbing is on pocketed limestone protected by bolts and pitons, though some of the easier routes require traditional protection. There is also a large amount of volcanic rock north of Lake Balaton.
Spring and autumn offer the best climbing conditions, but Hungary has crags to suit all seasons. Popular crags in the summer include Hamor Wall, Kis-Gerecse and Tardosbanya. In winter, climbers head for Oroszlan Szika, Vargesztes, and Feherko.
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Hiking and Walking
Hungary’s hilly rural areas are covered in hiking paths, and Hungarians are keen walkers. The country’s hills are comparable in size to those in Britain, and are split into the following major ranges: the Alpokalja on the Austrian border, the Mecsek in the south of the country, the Transdanubian Medium Mountains and the Northern Medium Mountains, where many of the highest peaks are found.
The best areas to explore are: the Bükk Hills, in the north of the country; Bakony, the mountainous region to the north of Lake Balaton; and Börzsöny, a mountain range in the north of Hungary which is part of the Carpathians and the Pilis Mountains. Trails are well marked with blue, yellow, red and green paint marks on trees, buildings and stones.
The National Blue Trail
Hungary is home to Europe’s first long-distance hiking trail, the National Blue Trail, which was created in 1938 and follows a roughly circular route through much of the country. The footpath is just over 1,100 Km long. There is also a red route in the ?rség region which is a much shorter 105 Km. The forested peak of Kékes, the highest peak in Hungary, is a popular objective with walkers. It is found in the Mátra hills in the north of the country.
Walking in the national parks
Many of the best walking routes are in Hungary’s national parks. Bükk National Park in northern Hungary is an area of mountains and forests. The karst region of Aggtelek National Park is also popular; here hikers can also explore underground.
Maps and route markings
Walking maps are readily available from bookshops and tourist offices. Walking paths are marked on maps as thin red lines. A letter above the line informs the user of the colour of the trail marks; Z indicates green markers, K blue, S yellow and P red.