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Hiking in the capital from Normafa to Hármashatár-hegy

· 4 reviews · Hiking Trail · Budapest und Umgebung · open
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  • Tündér-szikla (Fairy Rock)
    / Tündér-szikla (Fairy Rock)
    Photo: Attila Gulyás, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Children's Train from Tündér-szikla
    Photo: Attila Gulyás, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Apáthy-szikla (Apáthy Rock)
    Photo: Attila Gulyás, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Kőkapu (Stone Gate)
    Photo: Attila Gulyás, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Guckler Károly Lookout Tower
    Photo: Attila Gulyás, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Árpád Lookout Tower
    Photo: Attila Gulyás, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The view from Hármashatár-hegy
    Photo: Attila Gulyás, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Normafa in summer
    Photo: Eszter Szabó, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The view in spring
    Photo: Ƀálint $ztankó, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Tündér-szikla (Fairy Rock)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Panoráma a Tündér-szikla előtti kilátóteraszról. A bal szélen a Nagy- és Kis-Hárs-hegy, tőle jobbra a Hármashatár-hegy, a jobb szélen, a szikla mögött a Hunyad-orom tűnik fel
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Együttműködő szervezetek
  • / Árpád Lookout Tower
    Photo: Pilisi Parkerdő Zrt.
  • / The view from Árpád Lookout Tower
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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An easy hike on the hills of the capital with great views and natural attractions.

open
easy
12.9 km
4:05 h
482 m
711 m

Following mostly the Green (Z) Trail of Buda you will explore some hills of the capital from Normafa to Hármashatár-hegy, mostly walking in the forest with a few paved sections and architectural sights. During your hike Tündér-szikla (Fairy Rock) and Apáthy-szikla will offer a fantastic vista while you will tread on red ground at Kőkapu-barlang (Stone Gate Cave) and visit a classic and a modern lookout tower.

Author’s recommendation

Easy hike even for the elderly or families with children.

outdooractive.com User
Author
Brigitta Hidvégi
Updated: January 13, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
484 m
Lowest point
162 m
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Safety information

Safe in every season.

Tips, hints and links

A túráról szubjektív beszámolót is olvashatsz ide kattintva.

Start

Normafa (470 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.503208, 18.967014
UTM
34T 346900 5263089

Destination

Hármashatár-hegy, Guckler Lookout Tower

Turn-by-turn directions

Itinerary

  • From Normafa follow the Blue ↺ (K↺) trail.
  • At Anna-rét (Anna Meadow) change to the Green (Z) trail.
  • Pass Tündér-szikla and cross Budekeszi Road.
  • Walk along the streets and you will reach (still along the Green (Z) trail) Apáthy-szikla and Árpád Lookout Tower.
  • Cross Szépvölgyi Street and climb Hármashatár-hegy.
  • 400 meters before the peak change to the Blue (K) trail.

Turn-by-turn directions

The trip starts from Normafa, locals’ favourite spot to escape to nature. Head towards Anna-rét (Anna Meadow) along the lower path avoiding crowds especially around the diners. At the fire pits the path forks. Follow the Green (Z) trail to the right.

The first attraction of the trip is Tündér-szikla sitting on the hill of the same name at 383 meters. You can climb another rock next to it on a safe path as due to accidents earlier it is forbidden to climb Tündér Rock itself.

This is a perfect spot to pause your walk and enjoy the view. You may spot more lookout towers from here, such as Erzsébet Lookout Tower on János-hegy or Kaán Károly Lookout Tower on Nagy-Hárs-hegy. If you are lucky (or patient) you may take a photo of the Children’s Train just opposite on the hillside from this special angle.

The trail passes under the ropeway of Libegő and continues to round János-hegy through the forest. You will arrive at Budakeszi Road. Cross the street and continue along the paved road. The trail enters atmospheric suburban streets. Take your time to visit Napraforgó Street with experimental residential buildings, outstanding examples for Bauhaus architecture in Hungary built in 1931 to demonstrate modern architecture.

Take the stairs near Szabó Lőrincről School. They will be your company for long. The trail ascends along the hillside streets and arrive at Apáthy-szikla at 242 metres.

Apáthy-szikla named after the former owner of the area is a dolomite peak where you may have ambiguous feelings as it is a great viewpoint on an island in the urban environment with all the advantages and disadvantages of this location.

In a few minutes you will arrive at the cave of Kőkapu painted red by iron oxide.

Past the cave the trail rounds Látó-hegy and arrives at Árpád Lookout Tower sitting at 376 metres. The stone building is rather an observation platform than a tower built in classic or historic style and resembles an artificial ruin. It offers a view over Buda Hills and the Danube.

Next the trail traverses through a forest and continues along the paved road of Szépvölgyi Street. Turn right at Selyemakác Street and an ascent begins through the woods. At a junction where the Blue ↺ (K↺) joins in turn right. At the multi-trail junction where your trail meets the paved road turn left onto the Blue (K) trail keeping to the dirt path to reach the top of

Hármashatár-hegy.

Guckler Károly Lookout Tower on the top sits at 499 offering a stunning 360-degree view over the capital and the surrounding hills.

Get back to the multi-trail junction and follow the Green (Z) trail to the left. At the next junction continue straight ahead along the Green + (Z+) to get back to the city along Hedvig Street.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

  • Get off  Gyermekvasút (Children’s Train)/Fogaskerekű (Cogwheel Train)/or bus 21 and 90 at “Normafa”.

Getting there

The bus and the train stops at Normafa.

Parking

Being a popular place it is hard to park at Normafa at weekends. It is advisable to leave your car in Széll Kálmán Square or Hűvösvölgy and use public transport.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map of Buda Hills

Equipment

Map recommended.


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Gergő Eszéki
January 03, 2020 · Community
Szuper volt, köszi a túraötletet! :) ;)
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2020. január 3., péntek 5:55:41 du.
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2020. január 3., péntek 5:55:58 du.
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2020. január 3., péntek 5:56:30 du.
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Petya Zel.
February 28, 2019 · Community
Teljesítve 2019.02.28
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Distance
12.9 km
Duration
4:05h
Ascent
482 m
Descent
711 m
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