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.

Opinions

Rate 6.5 | 2 votes | No 13. 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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Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2003
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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
  • Insight Guides Explore Budapest (Travel Guide with Free eBook)
  • Insight Guides Explore BudapestTravel made easy. Ask local experts.Focused travel guide featuring the very best routes and itineraries, now with free eBook.Part of our UEFA Euro 2020 guidebook series. If you`re planning to visit Puskas Arena in Budapest to watch Euro 2020 matches, then this pocket guidebook provides all the information you need... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2005
  • Reisgids Merian live Balatonmeer | Deltas
  • Handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een eerste kennismaking met het land. Voor- en achterin uitklapbare kaart. Aandacht voor o.a. taal, festivals en eten en drinken. Prettig formaat en toch met veel foto’s. Nederlands Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Trotter Hongarije | Lannoo
  • Goede informatieve reisgids van Hongarije met nadruk op praktische informatie om rond te reizen. Echter ook aandacht voor cultuur en geschiedenis. Geschreven met prachtige Belgische humor, oorspronkelijk Franse gids. Deze 'Trotter'-reisgids laat je op een overzichtelijke manier kennismaken met Hongarije. De nadruk ligt op kritische... Read more
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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Bol.com
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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Reisgids Marco Polo NL Boedapest | 62Damrak
  • Eindelijk zijn ze er weer: de Nederlandse versie van de alom bekende en gewaardeerde serie van Marco Polo. Het is een handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een goede kennismaking met Boedapest. Globale uitklapkaart achterin, makkelijk binnenzakformaat. Toch best veel aandacht voor de toeristische hoogtepunten en leuke tips van en... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
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United Kingdom
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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
Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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
Netherlands
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Belgium
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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
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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Bol.com
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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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
  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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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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Maps

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
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Netherlands
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