DANUBE-IPOLY NATIONAL PARK
Valleys, hills, islands and rivers, the untouched areas of the Ipoly Valley and the Börzsöny hills with their breathtaking views have it all. Szentendre Island is enclosed by the River Danube and the picturesque surroundings of the Danube Bend, panoramas it is impossible to grew weary of. Take an adventurous picnic, ride a riverboat in the sun, relax on the shores of a creek in the woods or admire a romantic sundown, all just a short drive from Budapest.
Pál-völgyi Caves (Budapest)
The entrance to the caves is surrounded by families on weekend picnics, friends sitting around a bonfire in the evenings, and old and young people queuing up to take a soothing tour of the caves from morning to early afternoon. The caves were formed by thermal waters and contain a wide variety of stalactites and stalagmites, globe-like shapes dissolved by hot water and the ancient fossils of shells.
Szemlő-hegyi Caves (Budapest)
These caves offer a glimpse of nature in Budapest’s concrete jungle. Visitors come here to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the immaculately clear air containing no dust at all. The thick layer of cave pearls covering the walls like so many cauliflowers or bunches of grapes were formed by hundreds of years of thermal waters.
Alcsút Arboretum (Alcsútdoboz)
The castle grounds used to play host to ladies and gentlemen walking arm in arm down its avenues, riders mounted on their faithful stallions and men of business striking deals and smoking cigars. The arboretum is a collection of 540 types of trees and shrubs and is still decorated with fine bridges, gazebos staging live music, dolls’ houses, a bear house, a trickling stream and a Lourdes cave – all legacies of an age long gone.
County House (Ócsa)
The protected landscape near Ócsa owes its unique botanic and zoological diversity to the failure of attempts to drain the area in the 19th century. The old village of Ócsa, which has preserved its original street layout and thatched cottages, is also part of the protected area. The local county house contains a museum of ethnography and local furniture, clothing and everyday objects – a reminder of way of life of previous generations.
Királyrét Education and Visitor Centre (Szokolya-Királyrét)
The Centre is situated in a meadow known as Királyrét (King’s Field) and regarded locally as the gateway to the hills. You can book accommodation or participate in a variety of activities, including a forest school, instruction and guided tours, outdoor activities, presentations, quizzes and crafts workshops.
Open all year round, advance booking necessary.
Sas-hegy Study Trail (Budapest)
Once you have enjoyed the exceptional geological formations of this romantic hill, picked out rare species of plants and animals and soaked up a wealth of knowledge about the dolomite mountains and cliffs, you might be too tired for anything else. You would be missing out on the Sas-hegy Study Trail, and some of Budapest's most spectacular views.
Open all year round, advance booking necessary.
Study Trail across the Nagy-Szénás Hills (Nagykovácsi)
The Nagy-Szénás range of hills is under protection for the unique variety of flax that grows here and nowhere else in the world. And there is much more: the Council of Europe awarded a European Diploma to the site in recognition of the value of the rich dolomite vegetation, found nowhere else in Europe.
Open for visits round the year, but guides must be booked in advance.
Jág Study Trail (Pilisszentiván)
Jág Meadow is the old name for the site marked Vadász Meadow on today's maps. The study trail forms a complete loop departing from and returning to the car park of the sports field and Villa Negra restaurant in Pilisszentiván. Once you have completed the 3.5 kilometre route, you will have gained a comprehensive overview of the geological, zoological and botanical properties of the area, as well as the flora and fauna of the pond it contains. Make sure you obtain a booklet about the trail before you depart.
Strázsa-hegy Study Trail (Esztergom)
The name of this small hill near Esztergom translates as Patrol Hill, as you can scan large distances from it peak. If you set off along the study trail, you will pass a diverse landscape with varied flora and fauna: treeless sandy grassland, a thick group of karstic shrubs, a community of sand martins and several protected plants along with an impressive variety of wetland species living on the banks of small quarry lakes.
Haraszt-hegy Study Trail (Csákvár)
This study trail near Csákvár introduces the botanical and geological wonders along around 3 kilometres of the Vértes Hills. In autumn, Hungarian smoketree karst growth drapes the shrubby woods in breathtaking colour. You will also find hornbeam trees, remnants of the warmer period before the Ice Age, a clearing brimming with beautiful wildflowers, a thick forest of karstic bushes and hundreds more natural wonders.
The guided tours given by the Danube-Ipoly National Park’s experts highlight the exceptional vegetation of the dolomite rock of the Szénás Hills, an area recognized by a European Diploma for Protected Areas. It is also home to a herd of long-horn grey cattle, the natural beauty of the Nyík Meadow in the Tápió Valley and the migrating birds of the Dinnyés Marsh. The guides are also happy to provide environmental information specific to any area of the park.
Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate
Address: 1021 Budapest, Hűvösvölgyi út 52.
Phone: +36-1-391-4610 I Fax: +36-1-200-1168 I E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourinform Office Szentendre
2000, Szentendre, Dumtsa Jenő utca 22.
+36 26 317 965
+36 26 317-966
Tourinform Office Vác
2600, Vác, Március 15. tér 17.
+36 27 316 160