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Hiking around Hárs-hegy (Linden/Basswood Hill) with two lookout towers

· 20 reviews · Hiking Trail · Budapest und Umgebung · open
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  • A viewpoint on Nagy-Hárs-hegy
    / A viewpoint on Nagy-Hárs-hegy
    Photo: Joó Annamária, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The view from Kaán Károly Lookout Tower
    Photo: Joó Annamária, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Ruins of Budaszentlőrinc Pauline Monastery
    Photo: Joó Annamária, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Ruins of Budaszentlőrinc Pauline Monastery
    Photo: Joó Annamária, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Kaán Károly lookout tower on the neighbouring Nagy-hárs-hegy from Makovecz Imre Lookout Tower (Kis-Hárs-hegy)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Kaán Károly Lookout Tower
    Video: TERMÉSZETJÁRÓ
  • / Kaán Károly Lookout Tower
    Photo: Pilisi Parkerdő Zrt.
  • / Makovecz Imre Lookout Tower (Kis-Hárs-hegy)
    Photo: parkerdo.hu
  • / Makovecz Imre Lookout Tower at the top of Kis-Hárs-hegy
    Photo: parkerdo.hu
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A short but pleasant trip in Buda Hills with two lookout towers, a small gorge with a wooden bridge, a mysterious cave and many other sights popular among children.

open
easy
3.1 km
0:58 h
105 m
110 m

A refreshing round-trip to enjoy the first spring sunshine. Sparse foliage is compensated by less obstructed views and more vitamin D. Explore the loop trail passing Szépjuhászné, Nagy-Hárs-hegy, Kis-Hárs-hegy and returning to Szépjuhászné.

Author’s recommendation

Not recommended in icy or snowy weather due to steep and slippery sections.

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Author
Annamária Joó
Updated: January 15, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Nagy-hárs-hegy, 454 m
Lowest point
Szépjuhászné, 340 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

A kullancsok a legszebb turistaösvényeken is megtámadhatnak. Védekezz ellenük!

Tips, hints and links

Treasure hunters may try to find the geocaches along the trail (a traditional one on Kis-hárs-hegy and the monastery ruins, a multi-cache together with a cute witch on Nagy-hárs-hegy).

Start

Bus stop “Szépjuhászné” (354 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.528344, 18.954943
UTM
34T 346065 5265906

Destination

Bus stop “Szépjuhászné”

Turn-by-turn directions

Itinerary 

  • From Szépjuhászné follow the Yellow (S) trail via Kaán Károly Lookout Tower to get to a junctiont.
  • Take a detour along Yellow ▲ (S▲) spur trail to Makovecz Lookout Tower.
  • Get back to the junction and return to the starting point along the Green ↺ (Z↺) trail.

Turn-by-turn directions 

From the parking lot (or Children’s Train stop) of “Szépjuhászné” follow the Yellow (S) markers towards Nagy-Hárs-hegy.

Approaching the peak with the lookout tower take a pause on your hike at the atmospheric resting spot with benches, tables and a fire pit. The vista offers a view over slopes of Pilis Mountains. 

It is just 50 meters to reach the peak of Nagy-Hárs-hegy (454 m) with Kaán Károly Lookout Tower. The eponym was a forest engineer and as a Deputy Minister of Agriculture he worked on plans to reforest the Great Plain to make up for the loss of forest area by the Treaty of Trianon. He is also renowned for implementing modern environmental protection in Hungary. Beside the lookout tower a spring and a hikers’ lodge also commemorate him. The four-storey tower was fully renovated in 2016. The observation deck boasts a 360-degree view with Csúcs-hegy and Hármashatár-hegy in the northeast, Apáthy-szikla and Látó-hegy in the east, Kis-Hárs-hegy with the capital behind in the southeast, Nagy-Kopasz, Nagy-szénás and Fekete-fej in the northwest with Nagykovácsi and Solymár in the distance. 

Continue along the trail and you will arrive at the bridge over the small gorge of Bátori Cave. The entrance to the cave is on the southeastern slope of Nagy-Hárs-hegy just below the peak at 440 meters but it is not open to the public. Due to its hazards entry is allowed by permission only. It was named after 15th century Pauline friar László Bátori, who left the monastery of Budaszentlőrinc to live in the cave as a hermit for 20 years. The legend has it that this is where he wrote his Bible interpretations and stories of saints in Hungarian language, as well as he was the one who did the first complete translation of the Bible into Hungarian, which work he was later beatified for. The cave was allegedly connected with the monastery by a secret tunnel but is has never been discovered. Since 2014 a memorial plaque commemorates his work here.

The trail follows a wide path down to Hárs-hegyi-nyereg (Linden Hill Saddle) where change to the Yellow ▲ (S▲) spur trail to reach Makovecz Imre Lookout Tower in a few minutes on Kis-Hárs-hegy at 362 metres. It is the tower’s shape and not its height (6+ metres) that makes it special. It was designed by renowned architect Imre Makovecz, who was the chief architect of the local forest management agency at the time. The unique structure of the lookout tower is built around a metal pipe with 30 logs attached to form spiral stairs and a small observation deck on the top. The tower built in 1977 was completely renovated in 2006-2008 when the original wooden sleeper steps were changed to logs. 

Return to the junction along the Yellow ▲ (S▲) trail and turn left onto the Green (Z)/ Mária (ᵯ) trail to hike back to the parking lot at Szépjuhászné. Take your time to visit the ruins of Budaszentlőrinc Pauline Monastery nearby. A walk among the 700-year-old ruins can be a great finish-off to your hike.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

  • Get off the Children’s Train/bus 22, 22A or 222 (from Széll Kálmán Square) at “Szépjuhászné”.

Getting there

  • The starting point is at the bus and train stop.

Parking

  • Free parking in the parking lot at Szépjuhászné (crossroads of Budakeszi Road and Schüller Road). In good weather, especially at weekends parking there may be a challenge.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map of Buda Hills

Equipment

In dry weather no special equipment or boots are needed.


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May 09, 2020 · Community
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March 29, 2020 · Community
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Difficulty
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Distance
3.1 km
Duration
0:58h
Ascent
105 m
Descent
110 m
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