Hungary

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Hungary - by Molo

Hungarians enjoy walking. In this tidy country the scenery may appear to be somewhat monotonous. Apart from the hill country in the north, with Kékestetö (1014m) as highest mountain, all is rather flat. All the same, there are 11000km of marked hiking trails!

Much walking is done in national parks. Most famous is Hortobágy Puszta Park, the ultimate plain so to say, and consequently declared World Heritage Site. Another is Bükk National Park, an area of mountains and forests in the north of Hungary. Also great for hiking is the northern karst region of Aggtelek National Park, where you can go underground as well.

Of the 11000 kilometers of hiking trails, 2500 have been marked as Blue Trail. These Blue Trails or Kéktúra in Hungarian, lead right across the country and coincide with European long distance trails E3, E4 and E7. The original Blue Tour is said to be the oldest long distance hiking trail of the European continent. It dates back to 1938 and was laid out to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the death of King St. Stephen, first king of Hungary. Good reason for celebration of course. The current 1128km long route strings together all hilly ranges and touches on Lake Balaton. On the way you can collect 147 stamps at so-called check-points, often in railway stations etc. You are kindly requested to address the local officials in a friendly manner for a stamp, and the official website advises as follows: "It is useful (and advised) to carry an ink pad with you along your hikes, because the inking of the official stampers can not be guaranteed." Also forests, and with it portions of the trail, may suddenly be cut down and cleared.

A few practicalities: excellent topographical maps and guides are available. Bring a tent, and swimsuit/trunks, because Hungarians build the best swimming pools in Europe.

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Rate 6.5 | 2 votes | No 10. in Europe
  • John P June 2017
  • Rate 7
  • Positive Trails are well marked. In the wooded hills along the Blue route there are look out towers to see above the trees, also ruined castles, museum villages, little bars in every village etc.. In the Great Plains there are huge fields of sunflowers, forests and meadows full of flowers. Hungarian food is good try the cold fruit soup, the pastry snacks, paprika chicken and dumplings.
  • Negative The landscape is not dramatic as in the Alps, and there are a lot of trees. In summer mosquitoes can be an issue. Accommodation can be difficult to find in some areas, but wild camping in forests is legal.
  • Oranginas, long distance hiking trails Europe April 1998
  • Rate 6
  • Positive Matra mountains: a protected area. Steep, rugged slopes, screes, talus slopes and -slides; dense beech forests. Vulcanic zone. Rich flora and fauna. Beautiful valleys. Vineyards at the foot of the mountain range.
  • Negative When we walked there (1998) we could not find the routes. Accommodation was rare. Perhaps our preparation was not enough. Meanwhile - we heard - there are plenty of well marked trails and good maps.
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Regions

Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2003
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2003
  • Hungary Walking
  • Walking in Hungary by Tom Chrystal and Beata Dosa is a Cicerone walking guide to one of central Europe’s most accessible and ideal walking countries. Hungary’s Great Plain often dominates walkers’ image of the country and as a result many visitors are unaware of the ridges of the Matra and Borzsony or the limestone outcrops of the Bukk which... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2003
  • Wandelgids Walking in Hungary / Hongarije | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to 32 walks throughout upland Hungary, with its landscape of rolling hills, high karst meadows, vineyards, crags, castles and villages. The ancient trails of the country are now a network of walking paths with a good system of coloured waymarks. Background information on preparing for walking in the country also included. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Budapest
  • The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Budapest leads you straight to the best things to do in Budapest. Discover the city`s highlights, from relaxing in Budapest`s historic baths to frequenting quirky ruin bars, visiting the striking Hungarian Parliament Building and walking the iconic Chain Bridge. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Budapest has detailed... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Walking the Woods and the Water
  • In 1933, the eighteen year old Patrick Leigh Fermor set out in a pair of hobnailed boots to chance and charm his way across Europe, like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar. The books he later wrote about this walk, A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, and the posthumous The Broken Road are a half-remembered, half-reimagined... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Walking the Woods and the Water
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Finding Henry
  • No reservations, no money, no problem!Directionless and depressed after leaving the blissful cocoon of college, Rebecca Patrick was finding herself at a loss in the “real world.” Her friends had scattered to the winds, jobs were hard to come by in her mountain town, and her difficult relationship with her boyfriend was disillusioning.... Read more
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Belgium
  • Finding Henry
  • No reservations, no money, no problem!Directionless and depressed after leaving the blissful cocoon of college, Rebecca Patrick was finding herself at a loss in the “real world.” Her friends had scattered to the winds, jobs were hard to come by in her mountain town, and her difficult relationship with her boyfriend was disillusioning.... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Rumänien
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO das Land zwischen Karpaten und Schwarzem Meer vom zauberhaften k.u.k.-Städtchen Temeswar über die endlosen Steppen der Walachei und die ungezählten mittelalterlichen Kirchenburgen Siebenbürgens bis in die verwunschene Dschungellandschaft, die... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Trotter 48 Boedapest | Lannoo
  • De beroemde en terecht gewaardeerde reisgidsen uitgever Trotter heeft nu een mooie serie stadsgidsen op de markt gebracht. Uitgevoerd in harde kaft staan deze zoals gebruikelijk vol met informatie. Niet alleen de bezienswaardigheden maar ook de info hoe je er moet komen, wat je er niet mag missen etc. Het beproefde Trotter-recept in een trendy... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Budapest and Hungary - Hongarije | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Engelstalig. Lonely Planet Stunning architecture, vital folk art, thermal spas and... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Lonely Planet Reiseführer Budapest & Ungarn
  • Mit dem Lonely Planet Budapest auf eigene Faust durch die quirligeMetropole an der Donau! Etliche Monate Recherche stecken im Kultreiseführer für Individualreisende. Auf mehr als 250 Seiten gibt derAutor sachkundige Hintergrundinfos zum Reiseland, liefert Tipps undInfos für die Planung der Reise, beschreibt alle interessantenSehenswürdigkeiten... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Merian live Boedapest | Deltas
  • Leuke handzame reisgids met een beschrijving van alle bezienswaardigheden; vrij veel praktische tips als het gaat om bijv. Accommodatie of restaurants. Met uitklapkaart. Goed voor een eerste kennismaking met de stad en voor een verblijf van enkele dagen. Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Time to momo - Boedapest
  • Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Boedapest-gids! Jij gaat Boedapest ontdekken! Boedapest is een stad van tegenstellingen. Het eerste wat opvalt, zijn de heuvels van Boeda en het vlakke Pest. Maar je ziet er ook oud vs. nieuw, traditioneel vs. hip, en westers vs. oosters. Vergaap je aan de geschiedenis en kunst in musea, paleizen en... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Time to momo - Boedapest
  • Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Boedapest-gids! Jij gaat Boedapest ontdekken! Boedapest is een stad van tegenstellingen. Het eerste wat opvalt, zijn de heuvels van Boeda en het vlakke Pest. Maar je ziet er ook oud vs. nieuw, traditioneel vs. hip, en westers vs. oosters. Vergaap je aan de geschiedenis en kunst in musea, paleizen en... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Time to momo Boedapest | Mo'Media
  • Leuke trendy reisgids van de stad. Aan de hand van een aantal wandelingen kom je op de leukste plekken terecht. Natuurlijk worden de trendy adressen van accommodatie, restaurants, kroegen, dans, musea en shoppen niet vergeten. Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Boedapest-gids! Jij gaat Boedapest ontdekken! Boedapest is een stad van... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Croatia
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapCalled “the jewel of the Adriatic Sea," Croatia's medieval cities, turquoise waters, and rugged mountains make this small Mediterranean county big on adventure! National Geographic's Croatia AdventureMap will meet the needs of Croatia's travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate... Read more
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Belgium
  • Croatia
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapCalled “the jewel of the Adriatic Sea," Croatia's medieval cities, turquoise waters, and rugged mountains make this small Mediterranean county big on adventure! National Geographic's Croatia AdventureMap will meet the needs of Croatia's travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate... Read more
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Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Budapest - Boedapest | Blue Guides
  • Een van de beste, zo niet de beste, reisgids als het gaat om de culturele en historische aspecten van Budapest. Elke bezienswaardigheid wordt diepgaand beschreven met schetsmatige kaarten en tekeningen. Weinig echt praktische informatie, behalve met betrekking tot de besproken onderdelen. Engels. Completely updated and extended new edition of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids 360° reizen Boedapest | Lannoo
  • De reisgids is het hart van de 360° aanpak. Hij bevat alle informatie en inspiratie, overzichtelijk voorgesteld en ingedeeld volgens de interesses van de reiziger. De 360° aanpak bevat ook een digitale planningstool waarmee je in enkele minuten je ideale en hoogstpersoonlijke reisprogramma uitstippelt. Een reisgids op maat dus. Een die je... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hungary Michelin
  • The Michelin National road map of Hungary at 1:400,000 scale is ideal for route planning. The map gives comprehensive coverage of national road networks showing all major motorways, dual carriageways, national & regional main roads and some single-lane roads. [[Also shows unsurfaced roads and tracks and major footpaths.Distances between major... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hungary - Budapest Road Atlas SPIRAL-BOUND
  • Road atlas of Hungary at 1:250,000 combined with a street atlas of Budapest at 1:20,000 from Cartographia, presented in a handy glovebox size and spiral-bound format, each section with an extensive index, plus an enlargement of the Budapest region, etc.The road atlas section shows six different classes of roads, plus cart tracks and selected... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Drava Cartographia Water Sports & Cycling Map
  • The course of the river Drava along the border of Hungary and Croatia and its section in Croatia to is confluence with the Danube on a detailed contoured map at 1:75,000 from Cartographia in Budapest highlighting waymarked and recommended cycling routes, etc.The course of the river is presented on four panels. An overprint highlights waymarked... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Sopron
  • Sopron in western Hungary on a street plan at 1:12,500, with a more detailed enlargement of its historic town centre, plus on the reverse a road map at 1:230,000 covering the region between Sopron and Gyor.On one side a street plan covers Sopron; three insets at a slightly reduced scale of 1:20,000 extend coverage to the adjoining... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gilau Mountains
  • Gilau Mountains at 1:50,000 in a series of detailed contoured maps covering popular hiking areas of Transylvania published by Dimap, one of Hungary’s leading publishers specializing in mapping of that region. The maps show local hiking routes and provide tourist information such as campsites, places of interest, etc. Many titles include street... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Länderkarte Ungarn 1:300 000
  • Für die große Fahrt und kleine Abstecher. Die MARCO POLO Länderkarten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der, im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit Marco Polo Highlight-Sternen´´, sowie gelben oder... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Padurea Craiuli Mountains
  • Padurea Craiuli Mountains at 1:50,000 in a series of detailed contoured maps covering popular hiking areas of Transylvania published by Dimap, one of Hungary’s leading publishers specializing in mapping of that region. The maps show local hiking routes and provide tourist information such as campsites, places of interest, etc. Many titles... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Trascau Mountains South
  • Trascau Mountains South at 1:50,000 in a series of detailed contoured maps covering popular hiking areas of Transylvania published by Dimap, one of Hungary’s leading publishers specializing in mapping of that region. The maps show local hiking routes and provide tourist information such as campsites, places of interest, etc. Many titles include... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Salaj Region
  • Salaj Region at 1:75,000 in a series of detailed contoured maps covering popular hiking areas of Transylvania published by Dimap, one of Hungary’s leading publishers specializing in mapping of that region. The maps show local hiking routes and provide tourist information such as campsites, places of interest, etc. Many titles include street... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Donau Kreuzfahrt
  • Der MARCO POLO überzeugt mit kompakten Informationen, Insider-Tipps und seiner handlichen Größe. Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO Kreuzfahrt die Donau. Eine Kreuzfahrt auf Europas zweitlängstem Fluss, ist eine Reise zu Landschaften, kleinen Orten, in denen die Zeit stehen geblieben zu sein scheint, und pulsierenden Hauptstädten, in der das 21. Jh.... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rodnei Mountains
  • Rodnei Mountains in northern Romania presented at 1:50,000 on a map from Dimap - one of Hungary’s leading cartographic publishers specializing in mapping Transylvania, showing local hiking routes, campsites, places of interest, etc. Contours are at 50m intervals, enhanced by relief shading and colouring for forested areas. The map shows local... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Hongarije - Vogelreis
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