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Írott-kő - Sárvár (OKT-01.)

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m 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 km Szeleste (OKTPH_06) Ablánci malom (OKTPH_05) Óház-kilátó Tömördi madárvárta Bögöt (OKTPH_07_1) Hétforrás Tömörd (OKTPH_04) Sárvári arborétum Őz-kút (Kőszeg) Bögöt (OKTPH_07_2)
Írott-kő (Marked Rock), the highest peak of Transdanubia is the western trailhead of the legendary 1166 km long National Blue Trail (Országos Kéktúra, i.e. OKT). It descends through the valleys and peaks of the beautiful Kőszegi-hegység (Kőszeg Mountains) with gurgling creeks and scenic lookouts over the Alps. Then it crosses the flattest part of the whole Trail to reach Rába River at the end of this section.
Distance 72.1 km
18:50 h
570 m
1,290 m
882 m
153 m
The National Blue Trail starts at the western border of the country offering numerous points of interest, natural beauties and experiences to hikers. We may roam in the mountain from lookout to lookout, through valleys with several springs to quench thirst. Starting from Írott-kő this section of the trail descends on densely forested chilly slopes of Kőszeg Mountains to take you down to Kisalföld (Small Plain). The flattest part of the trail prepares you for crossing the Transdanubian Mountains. Numerous attractions in the historic town of Kőszeg encourage visitors to stay for long. Leaving the town set off on a long journey in a flat region with slight elevation change. The trail runs past tiny villages, hidden castles, arboretums, old churches tracing a course along forest paths and clearances or paved roads to take you to Sárvár with a castle to capture and a spa to find rest and realaxation.

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Points of Interest

  • Írottkő-lookout tower
  • Írottkő educational trail
  • Hörmann Spring
  • Steyr Houses
  • Óház lookout tower
  • Hétforrás (Seven Springs)
  • Kőszeg Historic Downtown and Jurisics Castle
  • Gradics Spring
  • Chernel Castle, Tömörd
  • Sárvár Castle and Spas

Points of Interest with a short detour 

  • Blue Trail Monument
  • St. Vid’s Chapel
  • Cross of Saint Germain
  • Suleiman Lookout (Kőszeg)
  • Zwinger (Old Bastion, Kőszeg)
  • Bird Observatory of Tömörd

 Recommended entries and exits at Stamping Locations (OKTPH)

  • Kőszeg (OKTPH_03_1, OKTPH_03_2): Kőszeg Railway Station or Kőszeg, bus stop at 98 Várkör
  • Tömörd (OKTPH_04): Tömörd, bus terminus
  • Szeleste (OKTPH_06): Szeleste, bus station (waiting room)
  • Bögöt (OKTPH_07_1, OKTPH_07_2): Bögöt, bus station (waiting room)
Highest point
882 m
Lowest point
153 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Láng Pincészet
Kék Huszár Vendéglő
Ciklámen Üdülő és Turistaszálló
Alpokalja Panzió
Csabi-Hami Ételbár (Kőszeg)
Margaréta Panzió
Hotel*** Írottkő

Safety information


Tips and hints

Castle of Kőszeg - website

Castle of Sárvár - website


Írott-kő, lookout (882 m)
47.352760, 16.433751
47°21'09.9"N 16°26'01.5"E
33T 608281 5245362


Sárvár, Nádasdy Castle

Turn-by-turn directions


Follow the Blue (K) marker all along the trip. 

  • Start off from Írott-kő peak to northeast. This part of the trail overlaps with the Green (Z) trail and later with the Blue (K) biking trail.
  • The trail curves sharply left both before and after Óház-tető.
  • Inside Kőszeg hike along Kálvária Street - Sziget Street - Árpád Square - Pék Street, then turn left to Rajnis Street - Városház Street, cross the Main Square and head to the right onto Kossuth Lajos Street and a few steps later turn left. At the end of the street turn left on Táncsics Mihály Street, and then right onto Kiss János Street. After crossing the little bridge over Gyöngyös Creek- Mill Race, continue to the left and leave the town along the overlapping Blue (K), Yellow (S) and trails.
  • The trail reaches Sárvár in Esze Tamás street. At the roundabout head right onto Nádasdy Ferenc Street, which brings you to the castle.

 Trail Description

 Írott-kő – Hétforrás (Seven Springs)

The 1166 km long National Blue Trail starts near the peak of Írott-kő, just at the clearing below the lookout tower where the Pál Rockenbauer Southern Transdanubian Trail enters the spruce forest on the right.

The two Írott-kő stampers are placed on the information board at the tower and the rain shelter in the clearing. The lookout tower lying on the borderline provides the country’s largest panoramic view over the Alps. On the Austrian side the easternmost Alpine tundra areas of the Alps rise dominated by the gigantic Schneeberg and Rax plateau, while waving hills of Burgenland are visible nearby. On the Hungarian side the flat Kisalföld (Small Plain) spreads out and in clear weather you can even see Keszthelyi-hegység (Keszthely Mountains) and Bakony Mountains. The peak is located on the edge of the pine forest on the Austrian side of the border and was named for the marked boundary stone that used to indicate estate borders.

The trail starts to descend on the ridge of Írott-kő, on the Hungarian side of the country border. Walking in a mixed forest the trail takes us along the border vista lined by a wind-torn birch grove. This is the only occurrence of such a flora on this side of the Danube, just like peaks over 800 meters. As part of the Iron Curtain zone this part of the mountain had been inaccessible for decades. The low main ridge features tiny outcrops revealing the rocks that constitute the mountain. It is fine foliated slate that mostly makes up the mass of Kőszegi Mountains with scarce occurrences of marble. The trail reaches a forest road through a dark canopy of red pines.

Descend to reach Hörmann-forrás (Hörmann Spring, non-potable water) with an abandoned military quarters being repossessed by nature. Head along the paved forestry road to reach Styrian Houses Forest School on a clearing. The original inhabitants of the buildings in the late 18th century were the first foresters of the mountain with Styrian origin. Today they serve as a hiking hostel. The trail leads along the paved road through a majestic beech forest to Vörös-kereszt (Red Cross), a junction of six forestry roads. Heading to north-east the dirt track narrows to a footpath along the ridge and takes you to a lookout tower at Óház-tető (Old House Peak). It provides a spectacular view over Kőszeg and Kisalföld (Small Plain). Although a lateral ridge partly obstructs the Alpine view to the west, however, some higher peaks and even the lower Hohe Wand Plateau are visible. The trail keeps descending from the lookout to the valley of Hét (vezér)-forrás (Seven (Chieftains’) Springs).

Hétforrás – Kőszeg

The specially encased spring pours out into a beautiful pool through seven pipes. The stamper is placed at the rain shelter nearby. The trail climbs to Pintér-tető (Cooper’s Peak) on the northern ridge. The narrow shoulder has been cleared so you can turn for one last farewell look at the Alps and hills of Burgenland before heading downhill into the Carpathian Basin.

The trail leads through a mixed forest to Kálvária-templom (Calvary Church) on a hilltop. It provides a beautiful view over Kőszeg beyond the vineyards on the outskirts of town. The route steeply descends along Stations of the Cross to the edge of the town. Down at the bottom you will see a bunker on the right where the Holy Crown of Hungary was hidden for a few days in March, 1945 to save it from war. Approaching the town center the historic character of Kőszeg begins to unfold.

Kőszeg – Tömörd

Stampers in downtown Kőszeg are placed in Kék Huszár Restaurant and the Tourinform Office. Following the trail you will leave the town along Ólmodi Street. The dirt track soon reaches the former line of the Iron Curtain with forest lining the trail on your left following the curves of the border. After a straight stretch the trail crosses the control strip of the former border barrier. It was covered with raked sand which made the footprints of defectors easy to notice. A special permit was required to enter beyond the line thus also the Blue Trail used to skirt that zone and enter Kőszeg on the paved road.

The route soon passes an abandoned shooting range and bends left at a Saint Hubertus column shrine. Approaching but not descending into the valley of Ilona Creek the trail traverses a dense pine grove and reaches an open field after a slight descent. After passing a little pond the trail runs parallel to Ablánc Creek in Grádics Grove and takes you to Tömörd.

The stamper is placed at the picnic shelter next to the church.

Tömörd – Szeleste

The trail continues along an old country road following Fenyves Creek but at distance from the creek bed. Follow the trail through the fields and then the lands near Ablánc Creek. Cross the creek to reach Mill Inn of Ablánc with the stamper on the fence. The former mill, which later functioned as a restaurant, has been abandoned for long and was let fall into decay.

Follow the paved road to northeast. Heading right the trail leaves the road and slightly ascends. The broadened path crosses a railway through an underpass and leads across lands and groves to Szeleste where the stamper is placed in Máté Diner and Pub.

Szeleste – Bögöt

The trail crosses the village passing by the park of Festetics Castle and where the main road winds to the right continues straight ahead towards Ölbő-Alsószeleste railway station. Head through the roundabouts and the flyover. The trail turns right just before the level crossing and runs parallel to the rails for around 1 km. A dirt track on the right takes you across a meadow and on the other side of the bushes crosses a field. Following the markers you will follow a sparse colonnade of chestnut trees and skirt the dark pine grove of Lőrinci-erdő.

Straight across Ölbői-Nagy-erdő the trail reaches Road 88. Head to the left. In 200 meters you will come to a junction and continue to the right along a gravel road through Váti-erdő to Bögöt. There are two stamping locations in the village. One is at Coop Store and another at the Mayor’s Office in the electric meter box.

Bögöt – Sárvár

The trail leaves the village along a dirt track and continues through adjoining lands. As it returns to the paved road it crosses the railways twice and soon returns to the woods on the left. It zig-zags along clearances of Tilos-erdő to get back on asphalt again.

You will soon arrive at Csénye. The trail exits the village along a paved road that later joins the road connecting Sárvár and Ikervár. Take a right and you will soon find decaying farm buildings on the left and the Chapel of Újmajor on the right with the Csényeújmajor stamper on the fence. Right before the bridge over Gyöngyös Creek continue to the left along the levee. At the bridge just before reaching the sluice gate head to the left along the dirt track and turn right to continue along the lower levee to enter Sárvár. The next stamper is placed at the entrance of a public toilet in the park near Nádasdy Castle.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Entry point accessible on foot only.

  • Hike to Írott-kő from Velem or Bozsok. Both villages are accessible from Kőszeg and Szombathely by bus.
  • Bus and train services are available in Sárvár. 

Getting there

  • From Velem, coach terminus (at the upper end of the village) following Blue+ (K+) markers via Saint Vid Chapel, and along the Blue (K) Trail from Hörmann-forrás (Hörmann Spring) to Írott-kő (5.8 km).
  • From Velem, coach terminus along the Red (P) Trail (4.9 km).
  • From Bozsok, “Rákóczi utca” coach stop along Southern Transdanubian Blue (K) Trail via Kalapos-kő to Írott-kő (6.6 km).
  • In Sárvár hike along Batthyány Street to the north to reach the nearest coach stop (for buses toward Szombathely) or the next one 100 meters further on (for buses towards the opposite way). Both are called “Sárvár, Batthyány utca”.
  • To reach the railway station from the last stamping location in Sárvár walk Batthyány Street and exit the roundabout to the north onto Hunyadi János Street (1.3 km). Optionally, take a bus to the station. 


  • Velem is accessible on Road 87 connecting Kőszeg and Szombathely. and follow the signs to the village. No assigned parking spaces, roadside parking only. 
  • Bozsok is accessible also on Road 87. Head to Velem in Lukácsháza and follow the signs to Bozsok. The village is quite spacious for parking.
  • Sárvár lies along Road 84 connecting Balaton-felvidék and Sopron. From Szombathely, it is accessible on Road 86 and 88. Parking lot in front of Nádasdy Museum free of charge. 


47.352760, 16.433751
47°21'09.9"N 16°26'01.5"E
33T 608281 5245362
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Hiking boots recommended in Kőszeg Mountains and comfortable shoes for the flat area. Be prepared for rains. Make sure to have sufficient water, especially between Kőszeg and Sárvár as no springs are available. Use Természetjáró app to navigate.

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Question from Tamás Ágota · November 06, 2022 · Community
Nem tudom kihez tartozik a Kéktúra app frissítés, de jó lenne a pecséthelyeket naprakészen tartani! Ma jól pofára estünk... Arégi helyen a pecsét jel sincs átfestve. Ha eljutna az illetékeshez, más talán már nem járna így! Köszönöm!
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Answered by Bókon András · November 06, 2022 · Community
Szia Tamás! Sajnálom, hogy így jártál. Remélem, nem rontotta el a túra összélményét. :) Tény, hogy ha már létezik alkalmazás, akkor legyen naprakész. Viszont nem árt, ha több felől meggyőzödik az ember róla előre. A Kéktúra app viszont egy, a Természetjárótól független ember fejleszti, egy Buchwarth Domonkos nevű úriember. Vagy neki, vagy az applikáció letöltési helyén (Google Play vagy apple pay) vagy az ott megadott elérhetőségén kell jelezni Számára... Jómagam inkább nem használom, csak utólag jelölöm be, merre jártam. Mondjuk az jó kérdés, hogy az útvonaváltozásokat követi-e, mert Sárvár-Sümeg szakaszon pont a két végpont közelében volt változás. Ami előnyére is vált! A mindenkori pecséthelyek, útvonal a érhető el. A jövőben az alkalmazás mellett a heyjoe térképét is tudom ajánlani, az igyekszik naprakész lenni. További jó túrákat kívánok, András
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Answered by Tánczos Norbert · October 24, 2021 · Community
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Emir Kh
June 02, 2022 · Community
Különleges élmény volt a Kéktúra első szakasza, mely számomra is az első megtett szakasz volt ezen a túrán. 3 részre osztva csináltam végig (Írott-kő-Kőszeg, Kőszeg-Szeleste, Szeleste-Sárvár), közben egy-egy napot megpihenve és eltöltve Kőszegen és Szelestén. Az előbbi kultúrális és építészeti öröksége miatt kiemelkedő, míg Szeleste történelme egészen visszavezet minket a múltba és gyönyörű az arborétuma, ajánlott körbejárni (itt be lehet most gyűjteni egy szép extra pecsétet is). Ha a tájat nézzük, akkor tényleg a Velemtől Írott-kőig tartó, mondhatni felvezető rész és a csúcson fekvő kilátótól Kőszegig tartó rész a legszebb, ahogy haladunk a hegyes területről a fenyvesekkel és lombhullatókkal gazdagon tartított tájon. Tényleg csodálatos! Számomra viszont a Kőszeg-Szeleste rész volt a meghatározó, egyrészt mert ez volt az eddigi leghosszabb, egyhuzamban lenyomott túrám (kb. 38km), másrészt mert szinte végig esett az eső. Útközben láttam őzeket, vaddisznókat, de vadnyulat és gímszarvast is. Nekem a tájkép is tetszett, hosszan vezet utunk erdőkön keresztül, de végtelennek tűnő repcemezőket is érintünk és átkelünk patakon is. Slusz poén, hogy pont aznap (áprilisi 22) volt a Föld napja. :-) A harmadik szekció Sárvárig szintén kellemes, itt már nem nagyon van szintemelkedés, és egy ideig autóút mentén is haladunk, de azért fás terület szerencsére akad bőven, és a mezők is hangulatosak. Bátran ajánlom mindenkinek, aki egy nagy kalandra vágyik és ideje engedi olykor, kezdjen bele a Kéktúrába! Fantasztikus élményekkel gazdagodhat, aki megteszi. :-)
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When did you do this route? April 24, 2022
Zalántai Sándor
February 11, 2022 · Community
Velem - Írott-kő - Kőszeg Sajnos elég későn indulam , így szedni kellet a lábam hogy még sötétedés előtt leérjek Kőszegre. Emelkedő van bőven . A túraútvonal nagyon szép . Még tervezem hogy nyáron is visszamegyek. :)
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When did you do this route? February 05, 2022
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Highest point
882 m
Lowest point
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