The National Blue Trail in Alpokalja and Kisalföld Region
(Last revision and update: 20th March 2018)

Map details about the route of the Blue Trail in this region:

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Maps are uploaded from Blue Trail guide 2002 edition. I update the map details together with the description, but only the route of the Blue Trail! The routes of other hiker trails are not maintained in the maps, so these maps don't contain the hiking trails were painted after 2002! The route of the Blue Trail is marked with red “K” characters.

You can find the detailed explanation of the Hungarian hikers paths' marks is in this chapter.

The route-altitude profile of the National Blue Trail in this region

This diagram was made on basis of my GPS survey between 2010 and 2012. It can deviate a little bit from the official lenght and ascent/descent data of the appropriate section. Its reason could be many things: for example measuring inaccuracy or the change of the route. In spite of this fact these diagrams could give a good summary about the route of the Blue Trail. Click on the picture to open the route-altitude diagram of the whole region!

The places written with bold characters in the text show the marked places in the route-altitude diagram. The small stamp icons show the stamping places.

Introduction and from Velem until the trailhead

Velem village - In front of us towers the Szent Vid-hegy with the chapel on its peak

People ask me often, where does the Blue Trail begin in Hungary? My answer is the following: it doesn’t have any start or end, because it goes round the whole Hungary! Its route is divided onto three big sections: the oldest one, the Országos Kéktúra (National Blue Trail) is 1160 km long according to the latest survey, the lenght of the Dél-dunántúli Kéktúra (South-Transdanubian Blue Trail) is 541 km, and the Alföldi Kéktúra (Blue Trail of the Plain) is 846 km long. If somebody completes these three sections of the huge Kékkőr (Blue Circle), he/she really gets to know Hungary! I'd like to introduce the National Blue Trail on these pages with the help of many photos and descriptiones.

The western trailhead of the National Blue Trail (more simple: Blue Trail, because this is the oldest one, the “original” one among the sections of the Blue Circle) is located on a grassy clearing at the Austrian-Hungarian border, close to the top of Írottkő Mountain, where it meets with the path of the South-Transdanubian Blue Trail. This point has a good accessibility from Velem village, which is located at the foot of the mountains. There are many possibilities to approach the summit from the village, but I think, the most beautiful route is the following:

Hard climb to the top of the Szent Vid-hegy

Let's start from the final bus stop of Velem (Velem, autóbusz forduló) on the narrow asphalt road towards the hills! There are a huge net of such narrow roads among the Kőszegi-hegység (Kőszeg Mountains), so we will meet with many parts of this system during our hike. You will see red strip and blue cross marks on the trees beside the road, meanwhile it ascends mildly and passes the closed Hotel Avar. The first hairpin bend of the road will appear after a few minutes. The blue cross sings turn onto a path here and the climb of the trail will be steeper. We will reach the Szent Vid Chapel (Szent Vid-kápolna) after a quarter hour long, strong climb at the end of stairs. Generally the chapel is closed and the panorama is limited from its clearing, but we can rest a few minutes on the benches beside the small church.

The Szent Vid Chapel stands on the top of the hill

We walk farther from the chapel following the blue cross signs. The marked wide promenade goes straight on the ridge of the Szent Vid-hegy (Szent Vid Hill) and passes the Monument of the National Blue Trail. This small memorial stands on the right side of the promenade and it shows that place, where the trailhead of Blue Trail was located before the regime change. In that time the Hungarian-Austrian border wasn’t accessible because of the strong military protection, it was the well known „Iron Curtain”. Of course it has changed, since 1992 the trailhead of the Blue Trail is located on the top of Írottkő Mountain.

Hiker team at the small monument of the Blue Trail

We cross an asphalt road after the memorial, and the hard climb begins again in the mountainside. The path cuts a big hairpin bend of the road on a steep climbing route through the forest and we will meet again with the asphalt strip at the next resting place. The climb finishes here, the blue cross signs lead farther on the road and we reach the Hörmann Spring (Hörmann-forrás) after a few minutes. The spring is located on the right side of the road, among trees. The marked path of National Blue Trail arrives here from the peak of Írottkő (it is signed with blue strip marks), we could follow it from this place, but we have to visit the summit, if we would like to stamp into our small booklet, where we collect the stamps of the Blue Trail!

The blue strip signs turn left onto a narrow path, which leads steeply towards the summit. After a half an hour we get to the ridge of the mountain and the ascent becomes softer. The Austrian-Hungarian border runs exactly on the ridge, in a few meters distance from us, we walk on its Hungarian side, and reach the clearing under the peak soon.

Lookout tower at the Austrian-Hungarian border, on the top of the Írottkő Mountain

The path of the South-Transdanubian Blue Trail arrives to the clearing from left, but an unmarked path goes on until the summit, where the lookout tower of Írott-kő stands. The lookout tower is located exactly on the border, if we enter the building, we will see the border stone in the middle of the room. Let's climb to the top terrace of the lookout tower! The closer peaks of the Alps are visible from the Austrian side of the terrace, and the wide plain of Kisalföld (Little Plain, or Little Hungarian Plain) with small villages on the Hungarian side.

First section: from Írott-kő until Sárvár

If we finish the rest on the top terrace of the tower, we can go back to the clearing (Írott-kő, pecsételőpont). The grey steel box of the first stamp of the National Blue Trail is mounted onto a pillar of the shelter at the resting place. Later we will meet with dozens of this small boxes! There is a QR code on the box, it will contains information about the stamping place, later it will help the “on-line stamping”, but it doesn't work yet. Currently we have to collect the prints of the stamps into our small Blue Trail's booklet. Generally the stamps are equipped onto the end of a long chain. Here we can stamp into the first place of our Blue Trail booklet! After this procedure we can go back on the marked path to the Hörmann Spring. From this time we will follow only the blue strip marks on our long hike through Hungary!

We cross the narrow asphalt road and step into the forest again. Our path passes by the Hörman Spring (Hörmann-forrás) and after some dozen steps we reach the asphalt road again, because we cut down its hairpin bend on the path. We cross it again and walk farther on another track, which descends in the forest until the next asphalt road. The blue strip signs of the Blue Trail follow this meandering road for a long time, meanwhile we pass the small group of Steier Houses (Stájerházak) on a clearing, finally reach the Vörös kereszt (Red Cross).

Walk on the narrow asphalt road towards the Vörös Cross

The cross stands in the centre of a junction of six forestry roads, among six great oak trees. There are wooden resting benches and desks in the shade of the trees. When we go on, we will get to the lookout tower of Óház-tető Hill (Ó-ház-tető, kilátó) soon through the forest covered back of the Irány-hegy Mountain. A beautiful panorama opens from the terrace of the tower towards Kőszeg, and the plain of Kisalföld! This lookout tower is the renovated dwelling tower of the ancient fort named Óvár or Óház. The ruined walls of the former castle surrounds this building.

View towards Kőszeg from the lookout tower of Óház-tető Hill

After the lookout tower the path of the Blue Trail descends steeply in the northern side of the Óház-tető Hill into a deep valley. We get to an asphalt road, and reach the Hétvezér-forrás (Hétvezér Spring, it means Seven Leadres’ Spring) on this road. A short path leads to the spring from the asphalt road. The name of the spring commemorates for the seven leaders of the conquering Hungarian tribes. The second stamp of the Blue Trail is located on the pillar of the shelter at the resting place.

When we go farther, the last climb will come towards the flat top of Pintér-tető Hill, and then the trail descends until the Kálváriatemplom (Kálvária Church, or Calvary Church) of Kőszeg. Generally it is closed similar to the Szent Vid-kápolna, but the panorama is nice towards Kőszeg town from the stairs of the church. If we continue our hike, we will reach the first houses of Kőszeg on a steeply descending dirt road beside the sculptures (stations) of the Calvary.

The Calvary Church of Kőszeg

The Blue Trail goes through the town, we will reach the historical downtown of Kőszeg with a small walk. The Blue Trail passes in front of the old castle of the settlement, which was defended successfully by Jurisics György against the Turkey Armee in 1532, later we get to the Jurisics tér (Jurisics Square) and the Hősök kapuja (Heroes’ Gate). Kőszeg is a stamping place of the Blue Trail, the official stamps are in the Tourinform office (address: 2 Fő tér, Kőszeg) and in the Kék Huszár Restaurant (address: 60-62 Várkör, Kőszeg). But it is accepted the stamps of any museums, the castle, or every other places, which shows the name of Kőszeg town.

On the main square of Kőszeg

The National Blue Trail leaves the Jurisics tér through the Hősök Kapuja, goes along the short and narrow Városháza utca (Városháza Street) and turns left on the Főtér (Main Square). We cross the square, take a few steps on the Kossuth utca (Kossuth Street) and turn left onto the street of the market. We pass the building of the fire department through a small park, where a huge plane tree stands. This small park is a nature reservations area. We reach the Táncsics utca (Táncsics Street) on a narrow pavement, the marked path turns left here. We pass the new Calvinist church, and go till the end of the street, where we turn right, onto the Kiss János utca (Kiss János Street) and cross the Malom-árok (Malom Stream) on a bridge. The marked route turns left here, onto a promenade, which leads between the Malom-árok and the Gyöngyös-patak (Gyöngyös Stream) through a small park. At the edge of the park we turn right onto the Dózsa György utca (Dózsa György Street) and reach the border of the town soon.

The old fortress stands in the centre of Kőszeg

Kőszeg is a very nice town, it is worth spending a day here, and visiting the sights of the town. Of course, the most popular sight is the castle. The place and the ancient fort were mentioned first time in documents in 796, before the Hungarian Conquest, which happened in 896. This place is inhabited since the Roman times. The modern castle, or rather fort was built after the big offensive of the Tartars in the second half of the 13th century. The town and the fort are located close to the Austrian-Hungarian border, the position of the fort was very important beside the busy road from Venice to Vienna, so this place was always object of battles between the two countries.

The Arany Egyszarvú Pharmacy Museum in Kőszeg

The most significant episode was the Turkey attack in the life of the fort. Soliman sultan moved against Vienna in 1532, and the fort of Kőszeg stood in his way. The Turkey troops began the siege with 60.000 people and it lasted 25 days. Miklós Jurisics was the leader of the small defender group, they were able to keep the fort against the significant overpower. After the unsuccessful siege the Turkey Armee had to turn back, because of the approaching cool winter of Hungary, so they couldn’t attack Vienna. The Austrian Emperor Ferdinand gave the fort as present to Jurisics, because in that time the fort and the town were Austrian property.

It is worth visiting the medieval centre of the town with the Jurisics Square. Here stands the 700 years old City Hall, it is the centre of the administration of the settlement continuously since its construction. We can find the Arany Egyszarvú Pharmacy Museum on the Jurisics Square, as well. If you have enough time, climb onto the terrace of the Hősök Kapuja (Heros’ Gate), a nice panorama opens from the tower onto the centre of the town.

View towards Kőszeg and the mountains from the dirt road

The Blue Trail crosses the main road Nr. 87 (87-es út keresztezése) at the border of Kőszeg, and continues on a wide, dusty dirt road following the painted blue strip marks. This road ascends mildly, after a few minutes we reach the last homesteads. If we turn back here, we will have a nice panorama towards the downtown of Kőszeg and the surrounding hills. We can see the Kálvária Church and the lookout tower of Óház-tető on the peaks. After the last houses the dirt road runs straight on, we reaches the Hungarian-Austrian border after a quarter hour again, and notice the painted posts and marker stones on the left side of the dirt road. Later we get to a power line in a wide cut-line. We turn right here and go a few steps on its dirt road. We reach soon a “T” junction, where we turn left (Egyenes nyiladék kezdete).

Walk on the straight gravel road

A long and straight, excellent gravel road begins here in the forest. We walk about 3.5 km on it! Underway we cross the busy asphalt road leading towards Horvátzsidány (Horvátzsidányi országút) and pass by an old, ruined military object, which was a shooting range before the regime change. Later we turn left at the end of this road, at the Képes kereszt (Képes Cross, wooden cross with a picture) and we go farther on a similar road. Our route becomes more varied: we take about rectangular turns among the parts of the chessboard-like forest. The good quality road finishes at a “T” junction, where we turn left and go farther on an ordinary, potholed dirt road. After a few minutes the blue strip marks turn left and lead us on a path, which descends into the valley of the Ablánc-patak (Ablánc Brook). The path meanders for a little while beside the brook, we walk at to foot of the hill of Ilonavár, which is the remain of an ancient soil fort. Later the path leads back to the dirt road. We reach Tömörd village on this road after a ten minutes long walk, meanwhile we pass a small Szent Ilona sculpture standing in the forest in 50 steps distance from the road.

Szent Ilona sculpture in the forest

We turn left onto the main street of the settlement and go on towards the church of the village. The stamp of the Blue Trail is located on the pillar of a shelter at the left side of the road, beside the Catholic church (Tömörd, pecsételőhely). We go farther on the street of the village, climb onto a small hill, pass the ruined mansion of Chernels, and leave the settlement. If you need food, or some drink, you can find the shop and pub on the other end of the village!

Among the old buildings of Kincsédpuszta

We walk on an old asphalt road, its surface is pretty worn out, and has a lot of potholes. This is the old road among the villages, but since the new one is finished, the traffic don't use it. We reach the new, wide asphalt road in a half an hour. The trail crosses it and the old, deserted buildings of Kincsédpuszta farmstead appears in front of us. Until 2017 the Blue Trail crossed the farmstead, but now we have to get around the fenced area! The narrow and worn aphalt road branches out from the wide access road of the farmstead behind the small building of the shelter of the bus station. We follow it and turn right together with the asphalt strip at the corner of the fence. The road passes dwelling houses, here the aphalt cover finishes and we walk farther on dirt road. We turn right again at the next corner of the fence and reach a wide dirt road at the last corner. The straight dirt road runs out to the fields and continues without any shade! The last third part of the three kilometers long road leads in a narrow alley, but this section is very neglected, so we cannot use it because of the high weed and overgrown branches. It is recommended to walk on the right side of the alley on the edge of the fields until the corner of the forest, where we can go back to the dirt road.

Dirt road across the field after Kincsédpuszta

We continue the hike on dirt roads along the cut-lines of the Szapári-erdő (Szapári Forest), later we reach a big, neglected clearing. We walk around it and cross the Ablánc-patak (Ablánc Brook) on a small wooden pedestrian bridge. The narrow, meandering path crosses a big, weedy clear-cut, and after the fenced chalets of a closed camp we reach the Ablánci malomcsárda (Ablánc Mill Restaurant) on a dirt road. The restaurant is closed for many years, because of the inadequate quality potable water of its well. We can find the steel box of the stamp on the gate column of the yard of the restaurant.

The Blue Trail follows for a little while an asphalt road in north-eastern direction from the former restaurant, but after a few minutes we turn right and climb onto the ridge of a small hill. The path crosses an old fence (we have to unhook a wire to open it), later the path leads into a dirt road. We hike farther on this gravel road, at a „T” junction turn left and after some minutes we get to the railway bridge (Vasúti aluljáró). After the bridge we turn right onto another path and contnue the hike in the forest. After about twenty minutes we reach a wide gravel road leading towards Szeleste village, but we will leave it after one and a half kilometer and walk again on cart-tracks in the forest. Some sections of this way are very neglected, we have to fight with the high weed and owergorwn branches, finally will arrive to Szeleste village in a half an hour.

We cross the garden of the Catholic church, which stands at the border of the village and the blue strip marks lead us to the main street of the settlement. We walk along the pavement on the right side of the road, and reach the house of Máté vendéglő (Máté Restaurant) soon (address: 84 Berzsenyi Dániel utca, Szeleste). The stamp of the Blue Trail is located here (Szeleste, pecsételőhely).

The Festetics Mansion in Szeleste village

The Blue Trail leads us on the right side of the main road of the village, on the pavement. We pass the fenced park of the Festetics mansion (the park is a nature reservations area and the mansion works as a hotel), later the second Catholic church on the same side, too. We go farther straight on a small road, when the wide asphalt road turns right. This street of the village leads towards the railway station of Szeleste, which is located beyond the border of the settlement, on the fields. This road leaves the village and reaches a roudabout, here we go straight farther, later we climb the overpass and cross the motorway number 86. The road get to the second roundabout at the other side of the overpass, we cross it and turn right after about 200 steps onto the narrow asphalt access road of the raliway station (Ölbő-Alsószeleste vasútállomás).

The Blue Trail passes the buildings and goes father on a dirt road at the edge of cultivated fields. We turn right after about thousand steps, cross the field and walk on at the edge of the forest. If we turn back here, we can see distant mountains, they are the Ság-hegy (Ság Mountain) and Somló-hegy (Somló Mountain). Both of them are extinct volcanoes, and although later we will get closer to them, but the Blue Trail doesn’t visit these mountains!

View across the fields towards the far mountains

The dirt road leads at the edge of cultivated fields, after a few minutes we turn right at a “T” junction into the forest. After a second “T” junction, where we turn left, the dirt road goes across the forest and after a while we reach a straight gravel road at the another edge of the wood. We turn left onto this wide and staight road and go on towards south. This road crosses an abandoned military area, the fence is already removed, only the columns of the former gate show, this area was closed some decades ago. After a twenty minutes long walk we get to the main road number 87 87-es főút keresztezése, we take about 200 meters on it in south-eastern direction, and turn right onto another gravel road.

This meandering road crosses a forest and at the far side of the wood we notice Bögöt village after a half an hour long walk. We reach the narrow asphalt access road of the village, turn onto it and visit Bögöt (Bögöt, letérés a pecsételőhelyhez). The stamps of the Blue Trail are located in the food shop (at the bus turning place) and on the wall of the Mayor's office (12 Tóth György út, Bögöt). Both of them are in the vicinity of the Catholic church in the centre of the village.

The small catholic church of Bögöt

The Blue Trail leaves the village on the long Deák Ferenc utca (Deák Ferenc Street), after the last houses we cross the fields on rarely used wheel tracks. The trail reaches a small asphalt road after a narrow forest strip and crosses the two single track railway lines (Vasúti kereszteződés) through railway barriers. We go on along the straight asphalt road about 200 meters, then turn left into a cut-line of the forest and walk until the second cut-line crossing. The Blue Trail turns right here, goes till the next crossing, where turn left. We walk until the next crossing, the marked path turns right again and after a few minutes long walk we reach another asphalt road at the edge of the wood.

We get to Csénye village on this road after a 20 minutes long walk, cross the settlement, pass by the church (Csénye, templom) and go on along the road. This road leads into the busy secondary road between Sárvár town and Ikervár village at the small Csényeújmaror farmstead. There is a pub at the junction but we don't find the stamp of the Blue Trail there, it is located at a small chapel beside the road in 100 meters distance from the junction in southern direction on the route of the Blue Trail (Csényeújmajor, pecsételőhely).

Small chapel beside the main road

After the stamping we go on towards the bridge of Gyöngyös-patak (Gyöngyös Stream) beside the busy road, but don’t cross the stream on the bridge, we turn left onto the embankment. We saw this creek already in Kőszeg, but now it is much bigger than before. A long hike begins here along the dam without any shad, across the fields. After 1.5 km we get to a water gate and bridge (Híd a Gyöngyös-patakon), we turn left here, go down from the embankment, and after 150 steps turn right in a junction. This road goes back to the Gyöngyös Stream, and we get to the embankment again.

Walk on the embankment of the Gyöngyös Creek

After a kilometer long walk we reach a bridge, and turn left onto that road, which crosses the stream here. This is the long and straight Esze Tamás utca (Esze Tamás Street). We walk on it until the traffic roundabout, here the blue strip marks turn right onto the Nádasdy Ferenc út (Nádasdy Ferenc Street) and lead us to the castle of the town. The blue cross marks go on straight towards the railway station (Sárvár, vasútállomás). If we don't want to finish the hike in Sárvár, it is not necessary to visit the station, we can follow the blue strip marks across the town. If we visit the station, we can ask for a stamp into our Blue Trail booklet at the ticket office of the station. If we walk farther, we can find the official stamp of the Blue Trail on the wall of a public toilet(!) at the car park of the Nádasdy castle, but we can stamp into the booklet anywhere in the town, in shops, in the post office or in the castle.

Second section: from Sárvár until Sümeg

The Nádasdy Castle in Sárvár

After stamping it is worth visiting the old castle. The castle was mentioned first time in 1327, it was the property of the Hungarian king in that time, later it was owned by other noblemen. The castle became the property of the Nádasdy clan in the 15th century, they developed it, and defended the castle successfully against the Turkey troops many times. After the Turk times the owner of the castle, Ferenc Nádasdy got involved into the conspiracy against the Austrian Emperor (because the Turk occupation was followed by an Austrian occupation). But the conspiracy unfolded, Nádasdy was executed and the castle was sequestrated from the family. The owners of the castle exchanged often again, but didn't happen bigger renovation works on walls of the fort. Similar to Kőszeg the castle of Sárvár is one of those forts, which survived successfully the Turkey times, and the Austrian occupation. We can find many historical exhibitions among its walls.

The City Hall of Sárvár

The Blue Trail passes the fort and crosses the park on gravel promenades under big plane trees. Later we turn again onto the streets of the town at the far side of the park and after the old, abandoned watermill building we reach again the embankment of Gyöngyös-patak. We walk a little while on a promenade along it, later cross the stream on a bridge. We stand at the edge of a building estate here, we turn right at the first building and cross a grassy meadow beside the houses. A few minutes later we reach the Csónakázótó (Rowing Lake) at the far side of the field and continue the hike on the gravel promenade at the shore of the Rowing Lake (Sárvár, Csónakázótó).

The Rowing Lake

We walk around the western bay of the lake, cross a little patch of forest and get to back to the shore of the Rowing Lake again. The trail leads farther at the lakeside, it goes around the eastern bay, as well, pass by the fence of the camping and turn right at the first dwelling houses onto the Markusovszky utca (Markusovszky Street). We reach the main street at the end of the Markusovszky utca, turn right here and walk on the pavement beside the fence of the spa.

Bridge over the Rába River

The Blue Trail leaves the town at the bridge of the Rába, we cross the river and go on along the main road. Fortunately there are marked cycling lanes on both sides of the road, because it is very busy! We cross the wide floodplain of Rába, later we get to the foot of the first hill. The small church of Hegyközség stands here, we turn left at the junction of asphalt roads and slowly climb the hill on the minor road (Hegyközség, letérés a főútról). After a quarter hour long walk we reach the very busy new main road number 84 (84-es út keresztezés). Our minor road crosses it, but unfortunately there isn’t any crosswalk or traffic lamps in the junction! Cross the main road very attentive!!

The Catholic church of Hegyközség

Our narrow asphalt road continues in the forest beyond the junction, and after about ten minutes we get to a crossing dirt road. We turn right here, pass the metal barrier and go farther on the dirt road of the long, straight cut-line. We walk along the cut-line and reach the fields at the far side of the forest about a half an hour later. The dirt road unexpectedly finishes here, the blue strip signs lead us left, at the border of the forest and the field. Initially we follow the painted signs on the edge of the cultivated area, later on wheel tracks, our heading is approximately eastern. The dirt road goes through another forest patch, meantime we cross the embankment of the closed and demolished Sárvár-Batyk railway line.

Flowery field before Sitke village

After a few minutes we leave the forest, turn right and continue the walk at the edge of the woods and a wide, flowery meadow. We reach again the asphalt road, whereon we left Sárvár and crossed the Rába River. We walk some steps left on the road and at the next junction turn right onto a well trodden dirt road. This road goes on the border of the forest, there is a wide meadow on its left side. After some steps we have to leave the road and climb the small, grassy hillside, where the small Calvary Chapel and the Ság-hegy (Ság Mountain) appear in the distance above the roofs of Sitke village.

The marked path descends across the grassy field to the chapel (Sitke, letérés a kálváriakápolnához), the blue strip marks are painted onto the lonely trees standing on the meadow. We reach grassy wheeltrackes at the fence of the chapel (generally the gate of the chapel is closed), turn onto this road and after some steps we enter the forest. The dirt road climbes back onto the shallow hill among the trees and reaches a junction of dirt roads at a small shrine. We go on straigh, and reach the edge of the cultivated fields. The dirt road goes at the border of the fields and weekend gardens of Hercseg-hegy (Hercseg Hill). After the next junction of dirt roads we pass the spoil-banks of the Alginite mine on the right side, cross the fields on the embankment of the former railway line, finally we reach the first houses of Gérce village in a quarter hour. We can stamp into our Blue Trail booklet either at the Mayor's office, where the box of the stamp is located on a lamp post (address: 49 Kossuth utca, Gérce) or in the yard of the food shop and restaurant named Kismackó (Gérce, Kismackó Élelmiszer- és italbolt) in the centre of the village (address: 91 Kossuth utca, Gérce). Both places are on the route of the Blue Trail.

The Calvary Chapel of Sitke and the Ság Mountain

We continue the walk on the main street of the village, after a few minutes the blue strip marks turn us right, on a narrower street, which climb onto a small hill beside the cemetery of the village. If we turn back on this road, we can see the Ság-hegy (Ság Mountain) in the distance. Unfortunately the Blue Trail doesn’t go closer to this mountain, but we will meet with similar extinct volcanoes later, with the mountains of the Tapolcai-medence (Basin of Tapolca) at Lake Balaton. After the cemetery the asphalt surface finishes and the dirt road passes by the football pitch of the village and we hike on it until the main road.

We cross again the busy highway number 84, and go farther on a narrow asphalt road, which begins on the other side of the highway. This road leads towards the Farkas-erdő (Farkas Forest, it means Wolf Forest) and we reach the Rózsáskerti forester’s lodge (Rózsáskerti eh.) after a few minutes. The lodge stands at the border of the forest beside the road. We can find the small steel box of the Blue Trail’s stamp on the fence of the forester’s lodge beside the road.

On the asphalt road of Farkas Forest

After stamping we continue our hike on the asphalt road through the Farkas-erdő. After about 500 meters the blue strip marks of the Blue Trail leave the road and visit the tomb of the Scherg married couple on a short path. Lőrinc Scherg was a German forester, but he spent the bigger part of his life here, in Hungary and founded the Farkas-erdő with his work on the former grassy pastureland of Kisalföld (Little Hungarian Plain).

One of the old, fallen Banya Trees.

After the tomb the path go back onto the narrow asphalt road and here begins its four kilometers long, straight section across the forest. After a quarter an hour we reach the next place of interest: the clearing of Banya Trees (Letérés a Banya-fákhoz). The 300 years old oak trees felt down in 1995 in a huge storm, their remains lie on the grassy ground of the clearing. It is interesting, that they stood here on the grassy plain already 200 years before the establishment of the forest and they gave shad for the shepherds!

If we continue the hike from the clearing, we will get to the former Hidegkúti forester’s lodge after an hour long walk (Hidegkúti vadászház és konferencia központ). The straight, narrow asphalt road finishes at the gate of the well-kept garden, we can see the big buildings of the new conference centre far among the oak trees. The small box of the Blue Trail’s stamp is located on the wooden fence after its corner, close to the gate.

The Catholic church of Káld village

After stamping we continue the hike on dirt roads of cut-lines in the Farkas-erdő. We change our directions many times among the parts of the chessboard-like forest, sometimes we cross barriers of electric fences. Foresters protect the young trees with this type of fences against the animals of the forest. We can operate these gates very easy with the isolated black handles of the electric lines (unhook them and after the crossing of the fence back). We reach the gravel road leading towards Káld village at the remains of the fallen Avasi Öreg Tölgy (Old Oak of Avas). It lies beside the wheel tracks and it is an interesting thing, that the diameter of the trunk is bigger, than the height of a grown man! We turn onto the gravel road after the fallen oak tree and get to Káld village after an hour long walk.

First we pass the football pitch and the cemetery of the settlement, later we reach the centre on the long and straight József Attila utca (József Attila Street). We turn right onto the main street, and arrive to the house of Korona Pub (Káld, Korona kocsma) after some steps. The metal box of the stamp is located on the wall in the pub, in front of the bar. If the pub is closed, there is another stamp in its box on the fence of the elementary school of the village (address: 1 Rákóczi Ferenc utca, Káld). After stamping we continue our walk and leave the village on the Rákóczi Ferenc utca (Rákóczi Ferenc Street), which is parallel with the József Attila utca, but our direction is opposite of the earlier, we go towards southwest now.

Riders on the fields

We enter the forest again, but after a half an hour we reach the grassy fields. The wheel tracks go further in a straight line, but we have to turn left here (Útelágazás a mezők szélén), towards south onto hardly visible wheel tracks. These tracks cross the field and reach again a forest after twenty minutes. Here we turn onto a wide gravel road and climb a small hill in the forest. After a shallow col we climb another hill, later the road turns towards south and leaves the woods. We reach a wide, cultivated area, our straight dirt road crosses it, and after a half an hour long walk the first houses of Hosszúpereszteg village appear in front of us. We go along the Arany János utca (Arany János Street) and ten minutes later we get to the busy main road number 8. We have to cross it in the junction, unfortunately there isn’t any crosswalk here! The street of the settlement continues on the other side of the highway and we reach the Catholic church of the village soon (Hosszúpereszteg, Tar vendéglő). The grey steel box of the stamp is located on the fence of the church.

After a short rest we can go farther. We continue our hike on the main street of the village, after the last houses of Hosszúpereszteg the asphalt road climbes a hill on, passes the water tower of the village and enter the forest. Some minutes later we turn right onto a good dirt road. Strange, fish-shaped road signs show the appropriate direction towards the Szajki-tavak (Lakes of Szajk) here (Letérés az országútról). The road descends softly from the hill, finally we reach a „T” junction. The Blue Trail turns left here and we walk farther till the small settlement of Szajk. There are many pubs and restaurants in the centre of this small holiday resort, we will find the small metal box of the Blue Trail stamp in the centre on a lamp post (Szajki erdészház), beside the gate of the Szajki tóvendéglő és fogadó (Lake Restaurant and Inn of Szajk).

At the coast of Lakes of Szajk

The lakes are well-known among the Hungarian anglers, the bigger part of the lakes is for the fishing, but there is a lake for the rowing and swimming, as well. The eleven lakes were created with the damming of the small Csörgető-patak (Csörgető Brook) in year 1931, but at present only the northern six lakes are maintained, the southern part is abandoned, here the lakes are already covered by reeds, the nature recapture slowly that area. If we continue our hike, get around the big, fenced garden of the Forester's lodge and walk back to the wheel tracks leading on the shore of the southern, abandoned lakes. The rarely used road leads among the outermost trees of the forest, rarely we can see the water of the lakes among the reed fields.

Later we turn left and our long hike begins in the cut-lines of the Szajki-erdő. We take rectangular turns among the parts of the chessboard-like forest similar to the Farkas-erdő, this is the main feature of the Hungarian artificial plain-forests, which are planted to protect the soil against the strong winds. We take the bigger part of the distance through the forest on wheel-tracks, rarely we turn onto dirt roads or narrow asphalt roads. The distance is about 14 km between Szajk village and the border of the forest, we can complete this section in four-five hours. The painted blue strip marks are rare on the long, straight sections of cut-lines, but they show exactly the turning points on the corners. We reach the very worn, potholed, narrow access road of the former railway station of Ötvös village at the far side of the forest (Ötvösi vasútállomás bekötőútja).

Blue Trail's stamping place in the Dergecsi Forest

We turn left here onto the worn asphalt road and get to the minor road between Ötvös and Szalapa villages after a ten minutes long walk. We turn onto that road, cross the railway on a bridge, and after some hundred steps we turn left onto wheel track, which leads into the Dergecsi-erdő (Dergecsi Forest). We can find the stamp of the Blue Trail on an oak tree standing on the right side of the tracks after a few dozen steps (Ötvös, Külső-erdő, pecsételőhely). After stamping we cross this forest patch on its cut-lines, after about a half an hour we will reach another asphalt road at the far side of the woods.

This asphalt road follows the border of the forest, later it reaches the cultivated fields. If we have good luck and the weather is clean enough, we can notice the far Castle of Sümeg, if we see in south-eastern direction! After one kilometer we turn right from the asphalt road onto a straight dirt road, which crosses the fields. We will reach another asphalt road after a half an hour long walk, here we turn left onto it and walk towards the distant houses of Mihályfa village. We go only a few hundred steps on asphalt, still before the village turn left, onto another dirt road and continue the walk among the fields. Now we are on the original, bare plain of the Kisalföld, the whole county was similar before the planting of the forests! If we turn round, our look can’t find any obstacle until the far horizon!

The Castle of Sümeg stands at the end of the straight road.

Finally we reach the small Kisvásárhely village after a half an hour long walk. We find the box of the Blue Trail's stamp on its small box, which is mounted onto the wooden belfry of the settlement (Kisvásárhely, harangláb). After the village we continue our hike on dirt roads, between forest patches and cultivated areas, if we turn left, we will see often the Castle of Sümeg and the Castle Hill already in their full beauty. After a half an hour long walk we reach the main road leading towards Sümeg and we turn onto it (Sümegre vezető országút). The highway leads exactly towards the high Castle Hill! As we walk beside the busy road, we get to closer and closer to the castle and we can see more and more details of it. Finally we reach the first houses of Sümeg, cross the railway line and turn right onto the first street of the town. This road leads to the railway station, where we can put a stamp into our Blue Trail booklet (Sümeg, vasútállomás). The metal box of the Blue Trail's stamp is located on a wooden pillar at the platform side of the building. We finished here the hike through the wide plain of the Kisalföld, the next one will be the hilly country of Balaton-felvidék (Highland of Balaton) in the following chapter.


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