Natural lakes are scarce in Börzsöny, most of the few ponds found in the area were created artificially. On level ground, permanent streams of water were dammed to create lakes and to make use of the body of water created this way. That is also how the Törökmező Fishing Pond came to being, which we will visit slightly off trail. In summertime, green algae thrive in the sunshine and warm temperature and grow all over the shallow water, painting the water surface bright green.
The closed mass of the volcanic hills drains the water of the streams easily, so the water level of the creeks tends to fluctuate widely. In the height of summer and in the autumn, there is hardly any water at the bottom of Malom Creek, but in wintertime, it rushes down with elemental force, carving the gorge ever deeper.
Climbing up in Malom Valley, we have the whole range of tourist accommodations, with an increasing level of comfort: After the clearing of Sátorozó-rét, we arrive to a yurt camp, where we have a roof over our head, and the rural guest house next to it even offers a fully equipped kitchen. In the nearby guest house, we can not only enjoy electricity and running water, but even a snack bar and hot food is provided to serve our convenience.
Törökmező, also accessible by car, offers several attractive activities to all age groups—it is actually quite hard to choose from them. The smallest ones can have fun on the playground and in the mini zoo, while bigger children can challenge each other on the soccer field or the volleyball court. The adventure park is a challenge for everyone, where we can test our agility, balance and creativity as well as we try to get from one obstacle to the next. We can enjoy the fresh air, delicious refreshments and cool drinks in the shade of the trees in the summer, and have a hot soup or tea to warm us up in wintertime.
Following the National Blue Trail to Nagymaros our path is joined by a study trail, on which we can learn about the silvopasture that we are walking on, and which was already a busy droveway in the Middle Ages: It was used as a shortcut between Nagymaros and Zebegény by herdsmen droving their livestock to the German market, while the animals could even graze on the rich pasture.
The experiences of the tour are concluded at Kövesmező and at the resting stop on our way down, where we can admire the majestic view of the Citadel of Visegrád towering glamorously over the opposite side of the Danube.
- The signs of the Törökmező study trail are sometimes hard to spot behind the tall undergrowth. Keep a sharp eye out for them.
- We can get to Fehér-kút Spring marked by the green circle (Z●) blazing following the green (Z) trail from Törökmezei Lake.
- We can recharge our energies in Zebegény at the great Monarchia Rétesház (“Strudel House”), which is only open seasonally, unfortunately.
Safety informationAt the time of the floods, crossing Malom Creek is made difficult by the high water levels. Trekking poles can be a great help for keeping our balance.
Tips, hints and links
- If we have plenty of extra time left as we reach Köves Field, we can take the National Blue Trail marked by the blue (K) blazing and walk up to Hegyes-tető. Julianus Lookout Tower gives us a surprisingly stunning panorama of the Danube Bend, the nearby villages, Börzsöny, and the Visegrád Hills across the river.
- Shortly after we enter the forest at the edge of Törökmező, the red (P) and blue (K) trails part. In the second half of summer, we can choose an alternative route for a treat. Following the red (P) trail left instead of the blue (K) trail, then continuing our descent on the dirt road crossing our path, we are about to come upon rich blackberry shrubs on both sides of the road, where we can pick plenty berries to fill our stomach in the season and leave some. The descending forestry road will take us back to the blue (K) trail that crosses it, and we can continue on our original route from here.
- From the Zebegény railway stop, go north-east on the green (Z) trail.
- The end of the route is the Nagymaros-Visegrád railway stop.
- The starting point and the end of the route is on road 12 connecting Vác and Szob.
- It is best to park next to the railway stop. We can get back from the end of the route to the starting point in a few minutes by taking the train.
- Parking next to either railway stop is free.
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- Basic hiking equipment: hiking boots, seasonal clothing, drinking water, food.
- Trekking poles can come in handy when crossing the creek.
- Trekking app for navigation.