The lookout tower built in 2016 provides a breathtaking, wide-angle view over the Danube Bend, and although the peak of Prédikálószék itself alone grants a mesmerising panorama, the three-storey lookout tower further extends the view even to Csóványos (the highest peak of Börzsöny on the other side of the river) and beyond.
Prédikálószék truly sits above the Danube Bend as a majestic throne. The 639-metre-high summit ensures a majestic panorama of the horse shoe shaped bend of the Danube, Szent Mihály Hill with a fragmented hillside just opposite, and the mass of Börzsöny towering above the ribbon of the river in the background. To the east, the ridges of the Visegrád Hills sloping down towards the Danube and the mass of Naszály Hill dominate the landscape, but Visegrád Castle is also clearly visible. In clear weather, we can even see all the way to Mátra. The harmony of the hilly woodlands and the river cutting through the Visegrád Strait makes this picturesque landscape one of the natural wonders of the North-Western Carpathians.
Szent Mihály Hill separated from the Visegrád Hills by the Danube, Börzsöny rising up to Csóványos in the background and the closeness of the Danube form such a variation in altitude that standing on Prédikálószék truly makes us feel on top of the world. The slope of the once 1,300-metre-high volcanic crater slid off, and the enormous mass of eroded land created the present landscape of the valley of the Visegrád Strait. The Danube carved its way into this slit, sawing its bed deeper and deeper into the gradually rising landmass.
There is even a webcam at the top of the lookout tower, so we can check the current weather before leaving home. As a bonus, free Wi-Fi is available near the tower, so we can share our recently taken photos right away.
The lookout tower also functions as a thematic exhibition: It presents the legends and stories of the region and scenes from the life of Hungarian kings. For some reason the whole exhibition is in the style of comic books from the disco era of the ‘80s, which can make us smile sometimes, but it is still charming in a way.
The lookout tower hardly functions as a bivouac shelter (it does not give much protection from the wind and the rain), but it is an excellent place to eat our sandwiches.