National Blue Trail

(Last revision and update: 5th May 2020)

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Lookout tower on the top of Írott-kő Mountain

Alpokalja and Kisalföld regions

The first section of the National Blue Trail leads from the Írott-kő Mountain standing on the Hungarian-Austrian border through the Little Hungarian Plain until Sümeg town. Beside the bare plain the trail crosses the big lowland forests, as well.
The extinct volcanos of Tapolca-Basin

Balaton-felvidék Region

The travelogue of the second section describes the route through the hills of the Balaton-felvidék Region from Sümeg town until Nagyvázsony village. The Blue Trail visits the extinct volcanoes of Basin of Tapolca, Lake Balaton and many ruined forts.
Castle of Vázsonykő with the Kab-hegy Mountain in the background

Bakony Mountains

This description contains the route of the Blue Trail in the Bakony Mountains. The trail climbs the highest peak of the Bakony, the 709 m tall Kőris-hegy Mountain. The Blue Trail leads mainly in forests here, it goes only on the last kilometres across the bare eastern highland.
Road in the forest

Vértes Mountains

The Vértes is mountains only in its name, this region is a wide volcanic highland, which eastern part is splitted into parts by deep valleys. The almost whole route of the trail leads in forests and visits three ruined forts. One of them is accessible only on the path of the Blue Trail!
View from the rocky peak of Kőszikla Hill

Gerecse Hills

Three-four hiking days are waiting for us among the mild hills of Gerecse Hilly Country. Its last 15 km long section between Mogyorosóbánya village and Dorog town is perhaps the most spectacular section of the Blue Trail with many wonderful views.
View from the lookout tower of Nagy-Villám Mountain to Castle of Visegrád, and to the Danube Bend

Pilis Mountains

This part is perhapas the most well-known section of the Blue Trail. It leads in the vicinity of Budapest, mainly on well-trodden paths and promenades. Its last 24 km long part is very spectacular and visits Visegrád Castle, as well. From the walls opens a beautiful panorama to the Danube Bend!
View from the lookout tower of Csóványos Mountain

Börzsöny Mountains

This is the shortest section, but we have to climb the tallest mountain of this region, the 938 metres high Csóványos standing in the centre of this mountains. A beautiful panorama opens from the top level of the new lookout tower to the whole Börzsöny.
The World Heritage Site Hollókő village

Cserhát Hills

The Blue Trail crosses this large hilly country and visits the small villages lying in the mild valleys. The trail touches Hollókő village, which is the oldest Hungarian World Heritage Site.
Hiker team on the eastern ridge of the Mátra Mountains

Mátra Mountains

The two tallest mountains of Hungary are located here, in the Mátra, of course the Blue Trail visits both of them! From the lookout terrace of the TV tower standing on the top of 1014 metres tall Kékestető opens a beautiful panorama! The eastern section of the Mátra on the ridge is the hardest section of the whole trail among the peaks!
The side of the Plateau of Bükk taken from the Gyári Lake

Bükk Mountains

The main part of the Bükk Mountains is an about 800-900 metres high highland, the Blue Trail climbes it and visits many lookout points on the peaks standig on the edge of the plateau. The trail leads mainly in forests in this region.
The Baradla Dripstone Cave

Borsod and Aggtelek Hills

The Blue Trail crosses two mild hilly countries, and touches the two main entrances of the Baradla Dripstone Cave in Aggtelek and Jósvafő village. The cave is a World Heritage Site, similar to Hollókő village! It is possible to take the distance between Aggtelek and Jósvafő under the ground through the corridors of the cave system!
View of Abaújszolnok village from the hills

Cserehát Hills

The Blue Trail continues its way among the hills. During this section we will visit the Rákóczi Dripstone Cave at the foot of the Esztramos Hill, the ruined Martonyi Monastery in the forest and the oldest working Hungarian power plant at the Harnád River.
Castle of Füzér taken from the cycling road

Zemplén Mountains

The National Blue Trail finishes its long way through Hungary in this region. During our long hike among the forest covered mountains we will visit three beautiful castles, admire the panorama opening from the summits and try the Sólyom sliding cableway above Sátoraljaújhely town.

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