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National Blue Trail

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m 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 -200 1000 800 600 400 200 km Nógrád (OKTPH_84) Ötvös (OKTPH_16) Gibárt (OKTPH_133) Dorog (OKTPH_64) Zirc (OKTPH_43)

Hiking all along the longest continuous trail of our country is a great challenge and a great opportunity to learn about rural Hungary. Hikers may cover the 27 sections without time limits and in any order. The drop-down list above includes these section to provide you with detailed information on each, you can check the elevation transect, points of interest and the list of stamping locations.
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1154.6 km
343:25 h
31540 m
32115 m

By summer of 2018 more than 6000 hikers had completed the legendary National Blue Trail of Hungary marked with a blue horizontal stripe (1165 km). The trail traverses the northern side of the country between Írottkő and Hollóháza via each major mountains, the capital and Balaton too. The terrain, the atmosphere, geological and cultural values are so much varied that each section and each day gives unforgettable experiences.

All across the country

Although the trail can be covered from any direction, the descriptions and numbering follow a west to east order. The trail sets off from Írott-kő in Kőszeg Mountains, the highest point of West Hungary. It crosses the plain of Kisalföld to arrive at the lakeside of Balaton. Via the most beautiful hills and basins of Balaton Uplands you will enter the vast forests of Bakony Mountains. In the meantime, you will visit historic towns and climb peaks offering splendid vistas (Szent György Hill, Badacsony, Csobánc), explore castle ruins (the castle of Sümeg, Rezi, Tátika and Szigliget), but spiritual experience is also granted (the stupa of Zalaszántó, Abbey of Zirc).

The trail crosses lower hills of Vértes and then Gerecse abundant in lookout points. Skirting Pilis you will reach the capital and Buda Hills around it to visit popular destinations like Hűvösvölgy, Árpád lookout  or Hármashatár-hegy.

Approaching the Danube Bend the trail passes one of the most beautiful gorges of the country (the gorge of Dera Creek) and Dobogókő, the cradle of Hungarian hiking movement.

You will say farewell to West Hungary with the view from the Citadel of Visegrád and by crossing the Danube your hike across East Hungary begins in Börzsöny Mountains. Lookout points and towers one by one: Julianus lookout tower, Nagy-Hideg-hegy and the highest peak of Börzsöny, Csóványos. Past Börzsöny the trail traverses rolling hills of Cserhát with neat palóc villages including the World Heritge Site of Hollókő.

After leaving the hill behind the trail enter the popular Mátra Mountains with the two highest peaks of the country. Hiking along the ridge you will reach the special lookout tower of Galya-tető at 963 meters for a memorable vista. Further on the ridge the trail arrives at Kékes-tető, the highest peak of Hungary at 1014 meters. The section from Kékestető to the eastern edge of Mátra poses the toughest challenge of the Blue Trail with hike repeatedly up and down all the way. It is the numerous lookout points that award you for the effort.

Past Mátra and the adjacent lower hills the trail enters the mountains of the highest average height in the country. Bükk Mountains is characterized by intact forests, sunlit meadows and cliffs towering over Bükk Plateau.

It is worth making short detours to points of interests, such as the Cistercian Abbey Church of Bélapátfalva or the highest lookout point of Bükk with Petőfi lookout tower near Bánkút (956 m).

Next the trail crosses the hills of Borsod to enter the northernmost subregion of Hungary, Karst of Aggtelek. Do not miss to visit the World Heritage Site of the Cave of Aggtelek. The cavern of Baradla-Domica stretches as long as 25 km and hides stunning dripstone formations assuring a stunning insight into the underground world of calcareous limestone.

Past discovering the karst region the trail winds through Cserehát, an impoverished region, yet rich in natural and architectural sights. You will reach Zemplén Mountains at the castle of Boldogkő photogenic for its age (short detour). The mountain is characterized by tent-like mounts (with references to this feature in some geographical names with “sátor” meaning “tent”) and peaks with castle ruins, such as the castle of Füzér.

The trail turns to the north to reach the highest peak of Zemplén at the state border (Nagy-Milic, 895 m) and continues to the trailhead of the National Blue Trail in Hollóháza.

A brief history of the National Blue Trail

In 1930, the Hungarian Hiking Association set the trailheads and the direction of the Blue Trail crossing the whole country. Originally, it was shorter connecting Bükk Mountains and Bakony Mountains to guide hikers via tourist sites along the route. Setting the route and marking the trail progressed slowly and was interrupted by WW2 leaving one fifth of it unmarked. It reached its final length after the political changes of ’89 as the western trailhead (Írott-kő) on the state border became accessible.

In 1938, a “Countrywide Hike” was initiated along the completed section with the name “Saint Stephen Hike”. A group of hikers set off from both ends and met at Dobogókő. This is the event that is regarded as the inauguration of the Blue Trail. Although it was planned to repeat it every 5 years it failed to become a tradition.

In the 1950s, on the initiative of Budapest Lokomotív Sportsclub Hiking Division the Blue Trail was integrated into a hiking movement, sectioning the trail and awarding completion. In the beginning, participation was limited to members of the club, but later other hikers were welcome too. Due to growing popularity management was handed over to the Hungarian Hikers’ Association in 1961. Since then the Association has been the sole organizer of the Blue Trail movement.

The Blue Trail gained a nationwide fame via the legendary hiking documentary filmed in 1979 by Pál Rockenbauer (One and half million steps in Hungary). The popularity of the primary hiking trail of the country has been rising and in the 2010s the record number of hikers completing it is beaten year by year.

Author’s recommendation

  • Before setting off do not forget to get a Hiking Log and Passport from the Hungarian Hikers’ Association. Keep it with you when hitting the Blue Trail.
  • Please, be aware that this combined map shows the route of the Blue Trail in June 2017. Only routes of individual sections will be updated for later changes. Please, to obtain current status always choose the section to be completed from the drop-down list above or here.
  • Click on the drop-down list to chose a section and obtain detailed information.
  • After completing a section you can mark it on this site, make comments and upload photos following registration. Share your experiences along the Blue Trail.
  • Did you know? By completing the Blue Trail you will hike through an elevation gain of 31.341 meters and an elevation loss of 31.906 meters via 151 stamping locations to log your performance.  
  • Stamping locations are listed and shown on a map here. Hike descriptions include references to stamping locations by ID codes too (OKTPH stands for ’National Blue Trail Stamping Location’).
  • Junior Blue Trail Hike: the Hungarian Hikers’ Association has started a hiking scheme for children aged 6-14 with a reduced length. Completion is awarded with a badge.

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Highest point
Kékestető, 1014 m
Lowest point
101 m
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Safety information

Safety information may vary by trail section. See details in the descriptions.

Tips, hints and links

Start

Írottkő (882 m)
Coordinates:
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47.352797, 16.433733
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47°21'10.1"N 16°26'01.4"E
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33T 608279 5245367
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Destination

Hollóháza

Turn-by-turn directions

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Coordinates

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47.352797, 16.433733
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47°21'10.1"N 16°26'01.4"E
UTM
33T 608279 5245367
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Equipment

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Fazekas Monika
August 20, 2020 · Community
A Badacsonytördemic -vasútállomáson található pecsétről leesett a guminyomat, javítást igényel.
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February 16, 2020 · Community
2020.02.15. 12. szakasz teljesítve A Tölgyfa büfében remek a konyha, a hagymaleves cipóban nagyon jól esett! A távot bőven szintidőn belül teljesítettük
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Distance
1154.6 km
Duration
343:25h
Ascent
31540 m
Descent
32115 m
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  • 27 Stages
Long Distance Hiking · Koszegi-hegység
Írott-kő - Sárvár (OKT-01.)
moderate Stage 1 open
70.9 km
18:40 h
570 m
1285 m
Írott-kő (Marked Rock), the highest peak of Transdanubia is the western trailhead of the legendary 1166 km long National Blue Trail (Országos ...
9
from Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Zalai-dombság
Sárvár - Sümeg (OKT - 02.)
easy Stage 2 open
71.6 km
18:40 h
450 m
455 m
This is the second longest flat section of the Blue Trail. Practically, it winds throughout a flat area all the way except some ascent around ...
4
from Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Pannonien
Sümeg - Keszthely (OKT-03.)
easy Stage 3 open
44.9 km
12:40 h
835 m
890 m
The Castle Hill of Sümeg rises above like a beacon of Bakony Mountains as you are leaving it behind heading towards the mountainous sections of the ...
4
from Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Balaton (Plattensee)
Keszthely - Tapolca (OKT - 04.)
easy Stage 4 open
27.2 km
7:50 h
550 m
540 m
Buttes of Balaton-felvidék (Balaton Uplands) punctuating the skyline could be the symbols of the Blue Trail section. The trail ascends from ...
4
from Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Hiking Trail · Balaton-medence
Tapolca - Badacsonytördemic (OKT-05.)
easy Stage 5 open
17.3 km
4:55 h
395 m
410 m
„How much peace and delight and how much to see and learn this land provides…” – wrote geologist Róbert Reichert in 1936. And yes, this is an ...
9
from Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Balaton (Plattensee)
Badacsonytördemic - Nagyvázsony (OKT-06.)
moderate Stage 6 open
47 km
14:20 h
1535 m
1390 m
Hiking along the 6th section you will discover a chain of lookouts with various views over Balaton and buttes of Tapolca Basin. As the trail leaves ...
3
from Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Hiking Trail · Bakony-vidék
Nagyvázsony - Városlőd (OKT-07.)
moderate Stage 7 closed
22.5 km
6:30 h
470 m
440 m
The Blue Trail dives into the woods of Bakony Mountains. After climbing to the peak of Kab-hegy the trail descends into geological past running ...
2
from Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Pannonien
Városlőd - Zirc (OKT-08)
moderate Stage 8 open
40.9 km
12:10 h
1095 m
1005 m
The 8th section of the Blue Trail arrives at the most mountainous part of Bakony traversing a landscape interspersed with steep and long climbs, ...
4
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Pannonien
Zirc - Bodajk (OKT-09.)
moderate Stage 9 open
58.7 km
16:50 h
1260 m
1495 m
The 9th section of the Blue Trail traverses the most varied landscape of Bakony abundant in karst formations and with chilly gorges, spacious ...
4
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Pannonien
Bodajk - Szárliget (OKT-10.)
moderate Stage 10 closed
52.5 km
15:10 h
1330 m
1245 m
The 10th section of the Blue Trail crosses Vértes Mountains. Besides towns and villages with mining past attractions along the trail include ...
2
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Pannonien
Szárliget - Dorog (OKT-11)
moderate Stage 11 closed
66.8 km
20:25 h
2150 m
2245 m
The 11th section of the Blue Trail guides you through Gerecse Mountains abundant in lookouts. Rocky paths, dense forests, cliff lookouts and ...
1
from Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Hiking Trail · Pannonien
Dorog - Piliscsaba (OKT-12)
easy Stage 12 open
18.6 km
5:30 h
530 m
425 m
The Blue Trail traversing around the foot of Pilis Mountains stays at the bottom of huge limestone cliffs and avoids lookouts. This section offers ...
25
from Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Hiking Trail · Budai-hegyek
Piliscsaba – Hűvösvölgy (OKT-13)
easy Stage 13 open
22.2 km
6:30 h
575 m
585 m
The 13th section of the Blue Trail from the border of Pilis and Buda Hills to the green lungs of the capital is abundant in geological and ...
25
from Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Hiking Trail · Budapest und Umgebung
Hűvösvölgy - Rozália téglagyár/brickyard (OKT-14)
easy Stage 14 open
14.2 km
4:20 h
525 m
625 m
The 14th section of the Blue Trail is an easy hike of exactly 14 kilometers through the Buda Hills with a climb up to the horst-like peak of ...
32
from Gabriella Szlatki,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Hiking Trail · Budapest und Umgebung
Rozália téglagyár (brickyard) - Dobogókő (OKT-15)
moderate Stage 15 open
22.8 km
7:30 h
1065 m
495 m
The 15th section of the Blue Trail takes you through a landscape of wild limestone gorges, dark volcanic cliffs and the stunning view over the ...
10
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Hiking Trail · Budapest und Umgebung
Dobogókő - Visegrád (OKT-16.)
moderate Stage 16 open
24.4 km
7:10 h
620 m
1210 m
The 16th section of the Blue Trail explores a less frequented inner part of Visegrád Mountains and descends to the Danube skirting great lookouts ...
10
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Budapest und Umgebung
Nagymaros – Nógrád (OKT-17)
moderate Stage 17 open
40.7 km
13:00 h
1750 m
1640 m
The 17th section of the Blue Trail crosses the vast forests of Magas-Börzsöny, climbs to its highest peak and grants a retrospect looking back on ...
4
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Budapest und Umgebung
Nógrád - Becske (OKT-18)
moderate Stage 18 open
59.2 km
18:20 h
1895 m
1885 m
Throughout the 18th section the Blue Trail explores the rolling hills of West Cserhát between Börzsöny and Mátra. The only exception that rises ...
2
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Eger-Tokaj-Bergland
Becske - Mátraverebély (OKT-19.)
moderate Stage 19 open
72.9 km
22:20 h
2380 m
2410 m
Throughout the 19th section the Blue Trail crosses a more spectacular part of Cserhát. It traverses wooded rolling hills scattered with cozy ...
2
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Hiking Trail · Eger-Tokaj-Bergland
Mátraverebély - Mátraháza (OKT-20.)
moderate Stage 20 open
25.3 km
8:25 h
1305 m
785 m
The 20th section of the Blue Trail explores the western and central part of Mátra Mountains. The trail elevates from 180 meters to 964 meters ...
7
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Hiking Trail · Eger-Tokaj-Bergland
Mátraháza - Sirok (OKT-21.)
moderate Stage 21 open
23.1 km
7:30 h
990 m
1545 m
The 21th section of the Blue Trail sets off from the highest peak of Hungary and begins a ridgeline hike of unmatched beauty. Exploring picturesque ...
7
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Hiking Trail · Eger-Tokaj-Bergland
Sirok - Szarvaskő (OKT-22.)
moderate Stage 22 open
20.6 km
6:10 h
625 m
550 m
The 22nd section of the Blue Trail traverses hills connecting Mátra and Bükk passing sweet meadows, medieval castle ruins and lookout points.
5
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Eger-Tokaj-Bergland
Szarvaskő - Putnok (OKT-23.)
moderate Stage 23 open
61.6 km
19:30 h
2275 m
2360 m
The 23th section of the Blue Trail traverses the highest region of the country with the highest average height of mounts. The picturesque landscape ...
1
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Eger-Tokaj-Bergland
Putnok - Bódvaszilas (OKT-24.)
moderate Stage 24
63.1 km
18:30 h
1700 m
1690 m
The 24th section of the Blue Trail takes you to region of a unique character. After traversing grassy rolling hills the trail enters a karst ...
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Eger-Tokaj-Bergland
Bódvaszilas - Boldogkőváralja (OKT-25)
easy Stage 25 open
69.3 km
20:05 h
1505 m
1510 m
Covering the 25th section of the Blue Trail you will explore Szalonnai-karst rising above the valley of Bódva Creek and rolling hills of Cserehát ...
2
from Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Eger-Tokaj-Bergland
Boldogkőváralja - Nagy-nyugodó (OKT-26.)
moderate Stage 26 open
54.5 km
16:35 h
1675 m
1475 m
The 26th section of the Blue Trail guides you through Zemplén, the mountain with the most typical Carpathian character. During your hike you will ...
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Eger-Tokaj-Bergland
Nagy-nyugodó - Hollóháza (OKT-27.)
moderate Stage 27 open
44.4 km
13:50 h
1485 m
1525 m
The 27th section of the Blue Trail guides you to the northern part of Zemplén. You will visit one of the most beautiful medieval castles of the ...
3
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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