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Along Guckler Károly Trail

· 13 reviews · Hiking Trail · Budai-hegyek · open
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  • The spur trail to Tábor-hegyi Cave
    / The spur trail to Tábor-hegyi Cave
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / A bend of the rocky path along Guckler Trail
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Pipes on the observation deck
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Guckler Károly Trail
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Guckler Rock
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / In Virágos-nyereg (Saddle of flowers)
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Guckler Károly Trail
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Dolomite rocks rolled down
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Fenyőgyöngye Restaurant
    Photo: Lánczi Péter, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Guckler Károly Trail
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The view hiking Guckler Károly Trail
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  • / Guckler Károly Trail
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Guckler Károly Trail
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / North Budapest from Guckler Károly Trail
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Ascending along the Blue trail to Guckler Károly Trail
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Guckler Károly Trail
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Observation deck along Guckler Károly Trail
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / A narrow view over Budapest
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Along Guckler Károly Trail
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / In Virágos-nyereg (Saddle of flowers)
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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A wide forest trail (and interactive nature trail) levelling at 370m on the slope of Hármashatár-hegy. It offers a pleasant walk inside the city but still in a natural forest environment.
open
easy
6.1 km
2:00 h
104 m
148 m

The steep northwestern slope of Hármashatár-hegy is crossed by a wide path. Invisible from below as it runs under the shady canopy of trees. The trail with long and straight sections does not offer imposing vistas, although you can enjoy occasional views over Budapest and two lookout terraces provide some compensation. Besides a few rock formations it is just the dense forest that accompanies hikers, but this is exactly what makes Guckler Trail worth completing. The trail includes an interactive nature trail with 14 stations where further information is available about local values of nature and the history of Óbuda through QR codes. For the 100th anniversary of opening the trail it was restored in 2018.

The eponym for the trail, Károly Guckler was the forest manager of Budapest from the end of the 19th century. He made an invaluable contribution to reforesting Buda Hills to replace devastated vineyards past the phylloxera epidemic and rehabilitate hillsides after their clear-cut for firewood. At the dawn of tourism locals expressed dissatisfaction with barren slopes that they saw when exploring nature or building holiday houses. This encouraged leaders of the city to start a reforestation programme managed by Guckler. Besides beeches, mainly pines were planted to stop soil erosion and facilitate the formation of a new layer. As a part of this project a trail levelling across the steep slope of Hármashatár-hegy was established. During this trip you will hike along this trail, although not until the end as it continues outside Budapest across the slope of Csúcs-hegy.

Author’s recommendation

  • This is an easy hike, so past the short ascent at the beginning a long and pleasant forest walk awaits the elderly or families with small kids too.
  • There are two options to take a shortcut and reach nearby bus stops sooner. First along the Green Ω (ZΩ) trail, or later along the Green + (Z+) trail.
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Author
Áron Dömsödi
Updated: January 13, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
393 m
Lowest point
246 m
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Tips, hints and links

  • A Guckler-út tanösvényének állomásait, és a hozzájuk kapcsolt információkat itt lehet megismerni.

Start

Bus stop “Fenyőgyöngye” (290 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.540433, 19.006199
DMS
47°32'25.6"N 19°00'22.3"E
UTM
34T 349957 5267149
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Destination

Bus stop “Erdőalja út”

Turn-by-turn directions

Itinerary

  • Head uphill from Fenyőgyöngye along the Blue (K) trail.
  • At a right bend turn right onto the Green + (Z+) trail.
  • Follow the Green + (Z+) markers along Guckler Károly Trail.
  • At Virágos-nyereg turn right onto the Blue + (K+) trail and continue to bus stop “Erdőalja út”.

Turn-by-turn directions

 Ascending on Hármashatár-hegy

The iconic Fenyőgyöngye Restaurant opened in 1935 and has fulfilled its original function ever since. Its name refers to the planted pines of the area. Start your hike here with an ascent to Hármashatár-hegy along the Blue (K) trail. The path parallels to the paved road winding uphill: Right before a sharp left turn of the paved road the trail crosses it and continues straight on the other side. You will soon arrive at a junction where change to the Green + (Z+) trail to the right and cross the road again.

Along Guckler Károly Trail

Here is where the ascent ends and Guckler Trail begins levelling along the slope of the hill. Boards of the nature trail provide information on local natural values and the history of Óbuda below. At certain points retaining walls help to maintain the wide path against the steep slope. Occasionally, the canopy of the trees allow for a view over the city way down below.

From the right the Green Ω (ZΩ) joins in coming from Tábor-hegyi-barlang. In around 300 meters just past the curve around the hollow of Kis-Farkas-torok an observation deck offers a view over Budapest. The pipes placed there do not magnify just direct attention to certain sights.

Approaching the hollow of Nagy-Farkas-torok more or less obstructed views open over the city. The trail passes another observation deck and a lengthy straight section follows. The rock formation on the left at a resting spot bears the name of Guckler (Gückler-szikla). It is made up by dolomite blocks cemented together and rolled down the slope to its current location.

The next section of the trail has been much more affected by natural processes. It gets narrow at places, and the devastation of glaze ice in 2014 left more visible traces. Finally, the slopes on your sides get mild and the trail arrives at Virágos-nyereg (Saddle of Flowers).

Back to the city

It is a saddle between horsts with a junction of more hiking trails, and this is the point of return in your hike. Change to the Blue + (K+) trail to the right heading backward along a narrow path. The trail enters the woods and begins a descent paralleling to a dirt track. Following the mild ascent you will arrive at the end of Erdőalja Street on the outskirts of Budapest. In around 1 km along the street your hike ends at the bus stop.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

  • Get off bus 65 or 65A (from “Kolosy tér”) at “Fenyőgyöngye”.
  • Get on bus 137 (to “Szentlélek tér”) at “Erdőalja út”.

Getting there

  • Both the starting point and the point of arrival lies on the trail.

Parking

  • Park your car in Kolosy Square or at the suburban train (HÉV) stop “Szépvölgyi Út” and use public transport as specified above.
  • Park your car at Fenyőgyöngye Restaurant or at the beginning of Guckler Trail where a short paved road branches off to the right from the road leading uphill.

Coordinates

DD
47.540433, 19.006199
DMS
47°32'25.6"N 19°00'22.3"E
UTM
34T 349957 5267149
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Budai-hegység turistakalauz

Author’s map recommendations

  • Hiking map of Buda Hills

Equipment

No special equipment or boots are needed.

Questions & Answers

Question about Attila Kovács · April 11, 2020 · Community
Sziasztok, tud valaki olyan alkalmazást,vagy APP-ot,ahol részletes lejtéseket ,illetve emelkedéseket is látni,a sétányon,vagy a turista utakon? Köszönettel: Attila
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Answer by Zsuzsanna Balogh · April 11, 2020 · Community
Szia! Itt a termeszetjaro.hu oldalon a tervezett útvonalhoz tartozik szintprofil is, amin követhető az emelkedés, lejtés. Persze lehet, hogy te nem ilyenre gondolsz. Zsuzsanna

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Gabi Mazurkáné
June 28, 2020 · Community
Egyik kedvenc útvonalam. Délutáni hőségben kiváló korzózásra. Virágos nyeregnél visszafordultunk, de csak Nagy Farkastorokig (hiányzott már a "túrázás" élménye) és a kék jelzésre korábban váltva a tértünk vissza a kiinduló pontra.
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Zsuzsanna Balogh
January 19, 2020 · Community
2020.01.12-én mentünk végig az erdei sétányon. Kellemes, szép útvonal. Valóban sokan jártak erre, de érthető, a szépen táblázott tanösvény miatt is. Többször jártam a Hármashatár-hegyen, de ez az útvonal újdonság volt. Jó a megközelíthetőség is. Köszönet a tippért!
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Photo: Zsuzsanna Balogh, Community
Tóth Ludmila
October 21, 2019 · Community
Nagyon jó volt, gyönyörű panorámával, bár nagyon sokan voltak. Belefutottunk egy versenybe :)
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6.1 km
Duration
2:00h
Ascent
104 m
Descent
148 m
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