The terrific red sendstone outcrop of Zsongor-kő provides an unforgettable view, and to the delight of visitors with Acrophobia, a guard rail too. You can see towns of Cserkút and Kővágószőlős just below, the plain of Drava River with Papuk Mountains (Croatia) beyond as well as hills of Villány and Tenkes to the southeast.
You do not need to be an expert in geology to realise the varied composition of rocks in Mecsek. While the cavern of Abaliget formed in limestone, just a few kilometres away, outcrops like Zsongor-kő show the presence of sandstone.
Due to orogenic processes of the Cretaceous deeply buried rocks were pushed to the surface forming an upthrust. With time caprock has eroded and the basin of Cserkút was shaped, while the lateral part of the upthrust remained making up the ridge of Jakab-hegy. The uneven surface level truly demonstrates the ancient seabed. Zsongor-kő is an outcrop of uplifted sandstone on the rim of a ridge above Cserkút. While the experience of height is especially intensive on this exposed rock, Zsongor-kő and other flat outcroppings of the range are great spots in summer to stay overnight.
The legend has it that Zsongor's fiance was kidnapped by the Turkish Pasha of the castle on Jakab-hegy. Zsongor rescued her by night and they fled on a horse but they were chased by the Turkish and got cornered at this rock. Having no way to escape the young couple rode into the deep.
Below the stones there a small cavity called Remete-barlang (Hermit's cave) is hiding , however, its entrance is no longer passable. It is believed to have served as a shelter for a hermit and it was artificially expanded. The natural cavity was formed by the fracture of rock mass during orogenic processes. As softer underlying layers had eroded certain blocks lost their support and tilted creating this cave. In 2006, a rock slide closed the entrance.