Top 3 hiking spots near Budapest
You don't have to go far from the capital to go for a good hike and discover wonderful places, whether it's special caves, fairy-tale waterfalls or modern viewpoints, you can find them all nearby.
Szelim - cave
This cave of incomparable beauty can be found just a few minutes' walk from the Turul statue towering above Tatabánya.
While we are here, we must also admire the Turul statue up close! Did you know that it was built on the occasion of the thousandth anniversary of the conquest of the country, along with seven other turul birds, but only this one of the turul birds found in different parts of the country is left?
This huge bronze bird has become the symbol of Tatabánya, it stands on Kő-hegy, and the Szelim cave can be reached in a few minutes via the nature trail that starts from here.
The cave consists of a room that is 18 meters high and 45 meters wide, and has two huge round openings to the surface, which is why it is so spectacular.
It has several entrances, three to be exact, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the entire Tatai Basin.
Every description starts with the fact that this is one of Hungary's best-known caves - well, not to me, because I heard about it for the first time this year - in any case, it really cannot be missed, I'm sure of that.
You have to work hard for the wonderful view, the shortest hiking trail is 10.5 km.
But the sight unfolding in front of us is truly a fairy tale, worth the effort.
Predikálószék is the third highest point of the Visegrád Mountains with its height of 639 km, and one of the most wonderful views of the country can be seen from here - not only can we see the entire Danube bend from here, but we can also admire the ranges of Börzsöny and Mátra.
The peak can be reached from 3 directions, from Dömös, Pilisszentlászló and Dobogókö.
The Prédikálószék viewing platform here was built not so long ago, in 2016.
It is only 12 meters high and has 3 floors, but if you go up, thanks to the ever-widening terraces, the Danube panorama gradually opens up before your eyes, which provides a very special experience.
There are benches and tables next to it, where you can rest, and there is even a fire pit if someone decides to walk up here with some bacon and onions to make lunch! Two webcams have been placed at the top of the observation deck, and free Wi-Fi is also available.
József Koller, an YBL award-winning architect, designed the lookout point - he was busy in the recent years, several wooden lookout points were built based on his plans, on Hármashatár mountain, Pilis roof, and above Piliscsaba as well- all of them are special wooden structures.
Lajosforrás - or Lajos-spring Path - and its surroundings are considered a very popular hiking spot these days, because several hiking trails touch it, and it is also easily accessible by car from Szentendre.
However, there were so many people at the Lajos spring that it was hardly possible to get close to the spring from the cars parked there, so we quickly turned away from there and ended up at the Annavölgyi waterfall during our forest tour.
It looks so fabulous, it is certainly the most beautiful waterfall in the region, the view even surpassed the nearby Dömörkapu waterfall.
And the best part is that we came across it completely by accident!
I hope I got you in the mood for hiking this weekend!
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Top 3 hiking spots near Budapest