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Zsitvay lookout tower

Lookout Tower · Visegrádi-hegység
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  • Zsitvay lookout tower
    / Zsitvay lookout tower
    Photo: Martin Edit, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Zsitvay lookout tower
    Photo: Pilisi Parkerdő Zrt.
  • / The view from Zsitvay lookout tower
    Photo: Márk Tassy, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Panoramic view from Zsitvay lookout tower
    Photo: Tassy Márk, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Zsitvay lookout tower on the top of Nagy-Villám
    Photo: Sztankó Bálint, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Zsitvay lookout tower
    Photo: Martin Edit, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Memorial plaque on Zsitvay lookout tower

This emblematic tower was named after Tibor Zsitvay the chairman of MTSZ (Hungarian Association of Hikers), who was also known as Minister of Justice.

The 378-meter-high stone tower was built in 1933 on the top of Nagyvillám hill, and declared to be a national monument in 2005. Since then it has become a very popular tourist center. Originally it was called ’’Jubileum’’ lookout tower referring the 20 th anniversary of MTSZ. Designers tried to keep the characteristics of Visegrád castle and Salamon-tower to maintain harmony. Spiral stairs lead to the upper level where we can enjoy a full panorama.

From the top we can spot Budapest and its neighborhood but in clear weather we can see at a distance of 100 km. We will be amazed when seeing a panorama from Mátra Mountains to Pilis and Zsámbék basin. The most beautiful part of it is the Citadel (Fellegvár) which is not observable from any other places from the same angle and height. One floor below a little exhibition introduces natural values nearby.

Around the tower we can find some picnic spots, paths, an alpine and summer bobsleigh track, a mini golf course, and a restaurant.

Opening hours

Open all year round.


Free of charge.

Public transport

  • Get off the bus running between Visegrád/Esztergom at the stop ’’Visegrád, Várkert’’

Getting there

  • From the bus station follow the Blue ▲(K ▲) markers to northeast, and continue until you reach the tower (3.3km).
  • From the center of Visegrád follow the Blue (K) markers to the east. After 2.2 km turn right and change to Blue ▲(K ▲) trail. Only 300 m is left until you reach the tower.
  • From the northwest corner of the parking area at the bobsleigh track follow the Blue ▲(K ▲) trail (300m).


The parking area below the tower is accessible from Road 11 in two ways:

  • From northwest turn left to the serpentine before the entry sign of the village (follow the signs of the bobsleigh track) (5.7 km)
  • From the south after you reach Visegrád turn right at the ferry port and follow the Rév-utca-Mátyás király utca-Panoráma utca line until you get to the parking lot at the bobsleigh track (6.7 km)

Non-free of charge.

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24.4 km
7:10 h
620 m
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