This time we invite you for a pleasant walk in the colorful autumn forests of the Western Bükk mountains! The main attraction of the region is the Cistercian monastery of Bélapátfalva – this Romanesque building is one of the best-preserved medieval abbeys of Central Europe nested in a scenic mountainous landscape. We are also passing by the towering cliffs of Szarvaskő before continuing our journey to Eger where we discover the charming cobbled old city center and grab our dinner.
Bükk is the second highest mountain range of Hungary which towers above the village of Bélapátfalva: the settlement got its name from the 815 meters tall Bél-kő which is a bare limestone cliff cultivated by miners for centuries and one of the highest rock walls you can find in Hungary. The medieval abbey is situated at the bottom of the mountain, hence it is a common starting point for hike routes in the area, including the famous Blue trail which goes across the whole country connecting the most remarkable natural sights.
We will also take the Blue trail for our 11-kilometer hike down to the castle ruins of Szarvaskő, a famous viewpoint over the gorge of the Eger-stream. Our other main stop, Eger is one of the most popular touristic destinations of Hungary, the small town is famous for its historical castle, cathedral, minaret, the scenic downtown, and the famous wine which is sold in cozy wine cellars in the Western part of the city.
The length of the hike: 11 km, 300 meters ascend and descend
Duration of the hike: approx. 3.5 hours
Difficulty: This hike is doable for everyone but don’t forget to bring your proper trekking shoes!
7h40 – Meeting at Keleti railway station, right at the main entrance of the main building, on the small stairs, under the clock and the statues (address: Baross Gábor tér)
10h50 – Arriving at Bélapátfalva railway station (after a 20 min change in Eger)
11h20 – Getting to the abbey
15h20 – Taking our train from Szarvaskő to Eger
City tour & dining time in Eger
17h30 – Returning to Eger railway station through the scenic downtown
18h00 – taking the train from Eger to Budapest
20h00 – Arrival back to Budapest-Keleti
Some pro arguments to definitely join this hike:
You can visit one of the most beautiful abbeys of Central Europe in the forest of the Bükk mountain
Hike in the autumn-colored beech and oak tree forests
Walk along the famous Hungarian Blue trail (Kéktúra) path
Discover the charming downtown of Eger with the hiking group! Last but not the least, you can spend your day with lovely international people!
Feel free to invite your friends, the more the merrier!
Looking forward to hiking with you,
The Budapest Hikers and BAIS team