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Zsongor-kő (Zsongor Stone)

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  • Zsongor Stone
    / Zsongor Stone
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Zsongor Stone
    Photo: Péter Farkas
  • / Zsongor Stone
    Photo: Péter Farkas
  • / Hills of Villány and Tenkes Hill from Zsongor-kő
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Hills of Villány in the distance
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Play of light from Zsongor-kő (Zsongor Stone)
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Zsongor Stone
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Babás-szerkövek from Zsongor Stone with Cserkút below
    Photo: Péter Farkas
  • / Zsongor Stone
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Zsongor Stone
    Photo: Péter Farkas
  • / Papuk Mountains (Croatia) from Zsongor-kő
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Zsongor Stone
    Photo: Péter Farkas
  • / Zsongor Stone
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Remete-barlang (Hermit's Cave) at Zsongor Stone
    Photo: Péter Farkas

Zsongor-kő is a stunning must-see attraction of Mecsek Mountains. The guard railed lookout point offers probably the most picturesque view over Mecsek.

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.

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Áron Dömsödi
Updated: April 06, 2020

Public transport

  • Get off the coach at "Kővágószőlős, községháza".
  • Get off the coach at "Cserkút, forduló".
  • Get off the coach at "Abaliget, barlang bejárati út" or "Abaliget, barlang" to reach Abaliget Cave and proceed to Zsongor-kő.

Getting there

  • From Cserkút, follow the Red ◼ (P◼) markers towards the hill. Just past the exit sign of the village turn right onto the Blue ▲( K▲) spur trail to climb Jakab-hegy. Turn right where it joins into the Blue (K) trail and after a short hike take the Green T (ZT) on the right to reach Zsongor-kő (3 km, elevation gain: 323 m).
  • Exit Kővágószőlős to the north along the Red ◼ (P◼) trail.  At the intersection turn right and change to the Red + (P+) trail, and right again to follow the Red ▲ (P▲) markers. At Babás-szerkövek (outcrop, lookout point) follow the Blue + (K+) and further uphill the Blue ▲ (K▲) markers to reach Jakab-hegy. Turn right where it joins into the Blue (K) trail and after a short hike take the Green T (ZT) on the right to reach Zsongor-kő (2.6 km, elevation gain: 310 m).
  • From Abaliget follow the Blue (K) trail to climb Jakab-hegy. 200 metres past the intersection where the Blue ▲ (K▲) trail branches off take the Green T (ZT) on the right to reach Zsongor-kő (6.4 km, elevation gain: 381 m).

Parking

  • In Kővágószőlős, park your car near the crossroads of Rákóczi Street and Ady Endre Street.
  • In Cserkút, park your car in Cserkúti Street, at the exit sign of the village.
  • In Abaliget, park your car around the lake.

Coordinates

Geographic
46.092765, 18.138662
UTM
34T 278813 5108335
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Distance
Duration
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14.7 km
4:30 h
345 m
320 m
37.6 km
12:00 h
1395 m
1210 m
52.9 km
5:20 h
956 m
956 m
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