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Csóványos lookout tower

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  • The lookout tower of Csóványos
    / The lookout tower of Csóványos
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Vast forests
    / Vast forests
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  • The forest in November
    / The forest in November
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  • Information board on the lookout tower of Csóványos
    / Information board on the lookout tower of Csóványos
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • The view over Visegrád Mountains
    / The view over Visegrád Mountains
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  • Winter view from the lookout tower of Csóványos
    / Winter view from the lookout tower of Csóványos
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  • The valley of Fekete Creek
    / The valley of Fekete Creek
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  • The view from the lookout tower of Csóványos
    / The view from the lookout tower of Csóványos
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  • Cserhát and Mátra in the distance
    / Cserhát and Mátra in the distance
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  • The lookout tower of Csóványos
    / The lookout tower of Csóványos
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  • Selmec Hills with Szitnya peak in the middle
    / Selmec Hills with Szitnya peak in the middle
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  • The ridge of Hollókő on the right
    / The ridge of Hollókő on the right
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  • The Danube and Naszály on the left from the lookout tower of Csóványos (Börzsöny)
    / The Danube and Naszály on the left from the lookout tower of Csóványos (Börzsöny)
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  • Devastation by glaze ice in 2014
    / Devastation by glaze ice in 2014
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  • The view towards the Danube Bend
    / The view towards the Danube Bend
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  • A hot summer day in High Börzsöny
    / A hot summer day in High Börzsöny
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  • The view towards Slovakia
    / The view towards Slovakia
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  • Panoramic view from Csóványos
    / Panoramic view from Csóványos
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  • Panoramic view to the south from Csóványos
    / Panoramic view to the south from Csóványos
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Map / Csóványos lookout tower

At the highest peak of Börzsöny the lookout tower boasts one of the country’s most special and mountainous panorama.

You can enjoy a real mountainous view from the 938-meter high Csóványos surrounded by forested mountains. There are only a few signs of human settlements except the Great-Cold-Hill (Nagy-Hideg-hegy) hikers’ lodge and the ski slopes. To identify the elements of the full panoramic landscape we have information boards on the handrail. We can see the Danube Bend and its mountains, Naszály Hill rising solitary on the edge of the Great Plain, as well as the winding Danube and Visegrád Mountains. Behind the chopped hills we also can discover the peak of János Hill. To identify the Citadel (Fellegvár) at Visegrád and the Szent- Mihály Hill you will need a telescope. The huge mass of Pilis-tető and the lump of Gerecse seem to emerge from the plain.

Just below your feet the volcanic caldera of Börzsöny unfolds. Only Fekete Creek and its tributaries cross the rim making a long and many smaller valleys.  There are no highlands around, only blunt peaks and ridges of various size, stuck among lower lands.

Northward behind the gradually lowering hills of Börzsöny we can see Selmec Hills with Szitnya hill, the rolling hills of Madaras, and the mass of Jávoros. They are all ‘’brothers’’ of volcanic Börzsöny regarding their origin. Rarely, especially in times of winter anticyclone we can be lucky enough to see the rocks of Magas-Tátra ( High Tatras). Eastward, in the background of Cserhát Hills, the ridges of Mátra lay.

The view from here is special because you are surrounded by a real mountainous area, however, we are close to lower lands so height differences can be easily sensed. Peaks can be approached by long trips which also increase the sense of great distance. This is a closed world, almost untouched, which is quite unique in the country.

The core of the 22-meter high tower is a geodesic concrete cylinder. Formerly, its rusty iron ladder needed to be climbed for the panoramic view but Ipoly Erdő Forestry Company has recently renovated it. Today the top of the tower is accessible by climbing the stairs of a new structure built around it with information boards on Börzsöny Mountains, local wildlife, ethnography, and geology at each floor.

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Updated: February 20, 2019

Public transport

  • The shortest trip is from Királyrét where we can get by Kismaros forest railway (Királyrét Erdei Vasút) or we can set off from bus stop “Szokolya, Királyrét”.
  • Get off at Diósjenő train station or bus stop “Diósjenő, Szabadság Street”.
  • Get off at Nógrád train stop or bus stop “Nógrád vasútállomás”.
  • Alternatively, get off at bus stop “Kemence, Fő út 183.”.
  • Get off at bus stop”Nagybörzsöny, Községháza” (lengthy hike).

Getting there

  • From Királyrét head uphill and follow the Green+ (Z+) and Green ◼  (Z◼) and finally the Blue ◼ (K◼) markers. From the latter turn left and change to the Blue (K) Trail to reach Csóványos (Total distance: 7.7 km, elevation gain: 688 m)
  • From Diósjenő follow the Green (Z) markers until you reach the peak (Total distance: 8.8 km, elevation gain: 756 m)
  • From Nógrád the Blue (K) marker goes straight to there (Total distance: 11.8 km, elevation gain: 764 m)
  • From Kemence follow the Green (Z) markers. (Total distance: 10.2 km, elevation gain: 771 m)
  • From Nagybörzsöny follow the Yellow (S) markers until the Blue + (K+) spur trail branches off to the left. Hike along it to reach Blue ◼ (K◼) and turn right to get to Nagy-Hideg-hegy. From there follow the Blue (K) markers (Total distance: 11.7 km, elevation gain: 844 m).

Parking

  • Paid parking near the center of Királyrét.
  • In Diósjenő, park your car next to the train stop or drive through the village and leave your car in Börzsöny Street at the woods.
  • In Nógrád, leave your car at the train stop.
  • In Kemence, park your car alongside Csarnavölgyi Street or around the Youth Camp.
  • In Nagybörzsöny, park your car in the main square of the village.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
Hiking Trail
19.3 km
7:00 h
798 m
799 m
Hiking Trail
64.3 km
19:12 h
2054 m
2053 m
Hiking Trail
22.2 km
7:00 h
975 m
975 m
Hiking Trail
19.7 km
7:00 h
821 m
799 m
Long Distance Hiking
40.7 km
13:00 h
1750 m
1700 m
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