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Best Hiking Trails in Hungary

Overview

Most of Hungary, an Eastern European country, is flat but there are a few disparate low mountain ranges in the north of the country that can be hiked.  Some of the main hiking areas include the Matra Mountains, Bukk National Park, the Danube Bend (Pilis Mounatins and Duna-Ipoly National Park), around Lake Balaton and around Budapest, the capital. One of the best known trails in Hungary is the Hungarian Blue Trail (or National Blue Trail), a 1000+km long distance trail across the whole country. There are lots of hiking resources available. The best months to go hiking in Hungary are April to October.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Hungary. 

Capital: Budapest

When To Hike in Hungary?

April – October: Later in April and earlier in October in most areas
November – March: Cold and snowy

Climate: Moderately continental (cold winters; warm summers).  July and Aug least rainiest. 

 

Hungary Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy to Medium: They have well marked trails in their national parks and maps as well; fairly easy to hike independently. 

Transportation required: Car; public transit

Where to stay in Hungary for hiking:

  • Zebegény
  • Gyöngyös
  • Budapest

Top Places to Hike in Hungary

Hiking can be undertaken in the mountain ranges which are mainly located in the northern part of the country stretching from west to east. Highest Mountain: Kekéstetö (1014 m), in the Matra Mountains

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Aggtelek National Park

  • Caves here

Matra Mountains

  • Mátrai Landscape Protection Area 
  • Home of Kekéstetö

Bukk National Park

  • Quite popular

Danube Bend

  • Part of the river where it bends 
  • Pilis Mountains 
  • Duna-Ipoly National Park – www.dunaipoly.hu 

Around Budapest

  • Buda Hills – they only rise up to 500 m but they’re a popular escape from the city

Lake Balaton

  • Balaton Uplands National Park 
  • Bakony Hills

Hungary's Long Distance Trails

Hungary's Walking & Hiking Resources

Hungary Hiking Books:

  • Walking in Hungary: 32 routes through upland areas, by Tom Chrystal and Beáta Dósa, Cicerone Guide, 2014, Cicerone Press
  • Lonely Planet Budapest & Hungary, by Steve Fallon and Anna Kamniski, 2017, Lonely Planet Publications – hardly has any hiking info
  • Hungary, by Adrian Phillips and Jo Scotchmer, 2010, Bradt Travel Guide 
  • Insight Guides Hungary (Travel Guide eBook), by Insight Guides, 2020, APA Publications

 

Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Hungary:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, hiking websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Hungarian Blue Trail
  • Kékestető – Matra Mountains
  • Dobogókő – Pilis Mountains
  • Boroszlan Nature Trail
  • Hosszú Mountain – Duna-Ipoly National Park
  • Prédikálószék (“Pulpit”)– Duna-Ipoly National Park
  • Mihaly Mountain – Duna-Ipoly National Park

Easy Hiking Trails in Hungary:

  • Remete Cave
  • Spartacus Loop

 

Hungary Hiking Websites:

 

Hungary Weather Website:

  • Hungarian Meteorological Service – OMSZ 

 

Hungary Official Tourism Site:  

 

Hungary Hiking Apps: 

 

Hungary Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Thermal spas
  • According to LP, Budapest is the European capital of escape rooms
  • Lake Balaton 
  • Wines – Valley of the Beautiful Women

Other Important Points