Dorog - Piliscsaba (OKT-12)
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Nach KesztölcPhoto: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
The trail leaves Dorog behind and returns to the world of mountains. Although your hike to the next settlement is not among the most spectacular ones the view over the rocks of Pilis may provide some compensation. It takes a short detour to visit the center of Kesztölc with its narrow winding streets and wine cellars as the trail leads directly to the slope of Öreg-szirt and returns to the road to Klastrompuszta through a calcareous shrubland and a grassy path.
The trail passes Klastrompuszta with the ruins of a monastery founded by Pauline monks in the 13th century and arrives at Piliscsév along a hollow track in loess. Just like Kesztölc the village was re-inhabited after the Turkish rule in the early-18th century by Slovakian immigrants. Past the village the trail runs across fields, mixed forests and groves to Piliscsaba.
This is a relatively level traverse near Pilis so visiting lookouts takes some short detours. These may include Kémény-szikla with a view back on Gerecse or the “Jenga Tower” near Piliscsaba with a view over the area between Pilis and Buda Hills.
- Caves around Dorog: Cave of Sátorkőpuszta (crystal cave), Caves of Kis- and Nagy-Strázsa-hegy
- Nature trail of Strázsa-hegy Natural Reserve
- The karst world of Öreg-szirt with a lookout from Kétágú-hegy
- The view from Postás út (Kesztölc-Pilisszentlélek) on Gerecsére and slopes of Pilis
- Klastrom-szirtek with the entrance to Leány- and Legény Caves (Ariadne Cavern)
- Kémény-sziklák over Klastrompuszta with a view over Gerecse, Zsámbék Basin, Buda Hills and Pilis
- Cellars of Piliscsév carved into loess (“pincefalu”, “pincesor”)
- Dévényi Antal lookout tower aka Jenga Tower near Piliscsaba
Recommended entries and exits
- Kesztölc (near OKTPH_65_1, OKTPH_65_2): bus stops “Kesztölc, Sportpálya”, “Kesztölc, Csurgó”, “Kesztölc, felső”
- Piliscsév (near OKTPH_65_1, OKTPH_65_2):bus stops “Piliscsév, Hősök tere” or “Piliscsév, Takarékszövetkezet”
Track typesShow elevation profile
Rest stopsKostel Étterem és Panzió
Tips and hints.
- Follow the Blue (K) marker all along the trip.
- Head southeast from Dorog train station to exit the town towards Kesztölc.
- Hike around Kesztölc on the hillside and change to the paved road to Klastrompuszta.
- Hike to Piliscsév.
- Head southeast to exit Piliscsév and to arrive at Piliscsaba train station.
Dorog – Klastrompuszta
Cross the rails at Dorog railway station through the underpass. On the other side turn right onto Munkás Street. Past the Reformed Church continue along Köztársaság Street and exit the town along Kesztölci Street. Walk up to the trackbed of the abandoned railroad (It used to be a railroad to transport sand to local coalmines from nearby pits, e.g. Palatinus Pond for shaft backfilling.
The trail follows the trackbed until the last houses of Dorog and soon crosses Kenyérmezői Creek. The trail continues towards Kesztölc with a view over Kétágú-hegy with white cliffs and shrubland. Cross Road 117 and enter Kesztölc. After hiking around 1.5 km along the streets you will leave the town by turning left from Esztergomi Street. The trail ascends to a plateau, crosses a paved road and ascends again to the slope of Kétágú-hegy. The Green (Z) trail leads to lookouts along the rim of the hill. Although this section of the hike neither traverses very high nor enters a majestic forest it presents a memorable experience along the Blue Trail through fields covered with feather grass and wild flowers and lined with white cliffs. The trail descends to the road to Klastrompuszta. In Klastrompuszta there are two stampers. One is placed at Tölgyfa Pub and another is further along the Blue (K) trail on a utility pole at the junction of Kémény Street and Klastrompuszta Street.
Klastrompuszta – Piliscsaba
Pilis hides spectacular attraction near Klastrompuszta. These include caves above the village (Entrance to Legény and Leány Caves with the third longest cavern behind) and the peak of Kémény-szikla, the highest cliff of Pilis with that a trail (Green + (Z+)) climbs to, with a scary view from a dizzying height on Klastrompuszta.
The trail begins a steep ascent. Past a mature oak (Szent Péter-fa) at the peak you will reach the edge of the forest and the trail starts to descend through Vad-föld towards Piliscsév with a view over Gerecse Mountains just opposite. You will arrive at Piliscsév on dirt track and the trail joins the main street at the church. Head left where the street bends right at the WW2 cemetery. Continue along Temető Street and turn left onto Szilvás Street. The trail exits the village and traverses among low hills adjoining Pilis. Ascend along a hollow track on the slope of Gyertyános Hill. Past the pine woods turn south towards Piliscsaba.
Hike through the outskirts of the village to reach the train stop (stamper on a utility pole at the three-way junction of Wesselényi, Árpád vezér and Kálmán király Streets at the rails).
- Dorog train station by trains from Budapest, Nyugati Train Station and Esztergom.
- Bus stop “Dorog, városháza” by buses from coach station “Budapest, Árpád híd”, Esztergom and villages nearby.
- Piliscsaba train station by trains from Budapest, Nyugati Train Station and Esztergom.
- Bus stop “Piliscsaba, vasútállomás” or “Piliscsaba, iskola”.
- The Blue Trail crosses Dorog railway station.
- The Blue Trail crosses Piliscsaba railway station.
- Head north along Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street from bus stop “Piliscsaba, iskola” and turn onto Vasút Street to reach the stamping location at the train station.
- Park your car in the parking lot opposite to Dorog train station building. Exit the roundabout in the center along Esztergomi Street and cross the rails. Take the first right and past the supermarket right again onto Bányász Körönd. Turn right at the church onto Brikettgyári Street, which leads to the parking lot.
- Free of charge parking near Piliscsaba train station.
Book recommendation by the author
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- Hiking map of Pilis
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