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Írott-kő - Sárvár (OKT-01.)

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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • The trailhead of the Blue Trail: lookout tower at Írott-kő peak
    / The trailhead of the Blue Trail: lookout tower at Írott-kő peak
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • The view towards Austria
    / The view towards Austria
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  • The first couple of steps: just a few meters off Írott-kő peak
    / The first couple of steps: just a few meters off Írott-kő peak
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • Calvary Church, Kőszeg
    / Calvary Church, Kőszeg
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / On the way towards Tátikahidegkút
    Photo: Burger Barna, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Barna Burger, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Gulyás Attila, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Gulyás Attila, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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    Photo: Gulyás Attila, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Rába River near Sárvár
    Photo: Zoltán Szabó, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Snow-covered birch grove on the slopes of Írott-kő
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
0 300 600 900 m km 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Hörmann-forrás (nem ivóvíz!) Gereben Villa Kern Vendégház Erdőzsongás vendégház Óház-kilátó Hétforrás Hét-forrás (OKTPH_02) Trianoni-kereszt (Kőszeg) Kálvária templom és Szent Donát-kápolna (Kőszeg) Koronaőrző bunker (Kőszeg) Kincs villa (Kőszeg) Kőszeg (OKTPH_03_2) Jurisics-vár (Kőszeg) Postamúzeum (Kőszeg) Szent Jakab templom (Kőszeg) Szent Imre templom (Kőszeg) Arany Egyszarvú Patikamúzeum (Kőszeg) Városháza (Kőszeg) Zwinger/ Öreg-torony (Kőszeg) Hősök tornya / Tábornokház (Kőszeg) Jézus Szíve plébániatemplom (Kőszeg) Fekete Szerecseny Patika (Kőszeg) Kőszeg (OKTPH_03_1) Őz-kút (Kőszeg) Tömördi madárvárta Tömörd (OKTPH_04) Ottó Kemping (Csepreg) Ablánci malom (OKTPH_05) Szeleste (OKTPH_06) 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.

open
moderate
71.1 km
18:40 h
570 m
1295 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.

Author’s recommendation

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)

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
882 m
152 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Várkör Panzió
Ciklámen Üdülő és Turistaszálló
Kék Huszár Vendéglő
Láng Pincészet
Csabi-Hami Ételbár (Kőszeg)
Margaréta Csárda

Safety information

Évszaknak megfelelő felszerelés.

Equipment

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.

Tips, hints and links

Castle of Kőszeg - website

Castle of Sárvár - website

Start

Írott-kő, lookout (882 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.352797, 16.433733
UTM
33T 608279 5245367

Destination

Sárvár, Nádasdy Castle

Turn-by-turn directions

 Itinerary

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 impounded 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.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

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. 

Parking

  • 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. 
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Comments and ratings (10)

Attila Kiss
02 19, 2019
Szia Tímea Huszár! Mi teljesítettük ősszel, de Bozsókról indultunk, Velemre gyalog, onnan fel Írottkő, és tovább 7 forrás itt a pihenőben bivakoltunk. Másnap indultunk tovább Tömördig. Tömördön van egy meseszép, full extra, a világ legjobb kéktúrás szállása, (remélem sokáig megmarad.) az önkormányzat üzemelteti. Itt aludtunk. Következő szakaszunk Szelestéig tartott, és az Anna vendégházban szálltunk meg, az utca végén a Zsuzsanna vendégházból nyílik, van egy szuper gyógyfűrdő érdemes az út fáradalmait leáztatni. (Ocsó és nagyon jó) Szelestérő pedig -> Sárvár kemping, nagy pancsi a Sárvári fűrdőben.

Tímea Huszár
02 16, 2019
Aki már teljesítette, hol érdemes “megfelezni” a túrát és megszállni? Mi a tapasztalat? Köszönöm

Tibor Sándor
01 28, 2019
2019. január 28., hétfő 11:33
Photo: Tibor Sándor, Közösség

Status
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
71.1 km
Duration
18:40 h
Ascent
570 m
Descent
1295 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic Multi-stage tour With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Healthy climate

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