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Hétforrás (Seven Springs)

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  • Seven springs and surroundings
    / Seven springs and surroundings
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • The seven chieftains and the seven springs
    / The seven chieftains and the seven springs
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Hétforrás (Seven Springs)
    / Hétforrás (Seven Springs)
    Photo: Sztankó Bálint, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • The basin collecting spring water
    / The basin collecting spring water
    Photo: Sztankó Bálint, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Rain shelter at Hétforrás
    / Rain shelter at Hétforrás
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Seven springs and surroundings
    / Seven springs and surroundings
    Photo: Tamás Csaba, Írottkő Natúrparkért Egyesület
Map / Hétforrás (Seven Springs)

Seven Springs emerging in a hollow near the Austrian border is one of the most popular destinations in Kőszeg Mountains.

The current impound of the spring was made in 1896, in the millennial anniversary year of the Hungarian Conquest. The seven pipes were named after chieftains of the Hungarian tribes invading the Carpathian basin: Álmos, Előd, Ond, Kond, Tas, Huba and Töhötöm, whose names are displayed on small stone plates over the outlets. As the legend says for those who drink from each pipe the chieftains will fulfill their wish.

The spring used to provide crystal clear and quite cold (10 °C) water to Óvár (Old Castle) or Felsővár (Upper Castle) as its old names Castle Well or Old Castle Well also suggest. In the 17th century it was renamed to Brunnengraben (Well of Well Hollow). Even a poem was written about it by József Rajnis, a reputable poet of Kőszeg in the 18th century: “There those seven springs offer water” (1781).

Seven Springs was renovated in 1994, 2003 and 2015. A spacious rain shelter was built nearby to protect hikers from rainfall and offer seats to have a snack. The stamper was also placed here.

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Hajnalka Rezner
Updated: January 24, 2019

Public transport

  • Kőszeg is accessible by either bus or train. The railway station is around 1.5 km from downtown. Local public transport is not available, however, services between Kőszeg and Szombathely offer tickets for trips inside the town as well.
  • Taking the coach from Szombathely to Kőszeg it is advisable to get off at the bus station (Liszt Ferenc Street).

Getting there

  • Walk from the bus station along Kossuth Lajos Street to the main square (Fő tér). Cross the square towards the church and head right onto Városház Street. Follow the Blue (K) Trail onwards, although markers are few and far between along streets with listed buildings. Passing beneath the Tower of Heroes along Városház Street you will reach Jurisics Sqaure. Calvary Church, which the trail passes by later is just visible on the opposite hillside. Head straight along Rajnis Street, which leads you out of historic downtown. Cross the street and continue along Pék Street, Árpád Square, Sziget and Kálvária Streets. You will soon reach the first Station of the Cross. If you wish to follow the Blue (K) Trail to the spring continue north along the markers (4.2 km).
  • For a little shorter route take Királyvölgyi Street at the end of Pék Street and follow the Blue + (K+) markers to Kincs-pihenő (rest area, 2.4 km). Change to Blue● (K●) at the junction to reach the spring (4.1 km).
  • You may also choose to combine the two routes into a loop trail.

Parking

To reach the Spring by car leave Kőszeg along Temető Street towards Szabóhegy. Driving uphill on the switchback of Szabóhegy and passing the ski lift you will arrive at Kincs-pihenő (rest area). Park your car here and follow the Blue● (K●) markers or the paved road to reach the Spring in around half an hour. Entry by car only by permission available at Tourinform Office at 2 Fő tér, Kőszeg for HUF 2,200 per day.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Routes through this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
42.7 km
11:00 h
1375 m
1375 m
11.8 km
5:00 h
428 m
428 m
71.1 km
18:40 h
570 m
1295 m
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