Szekszárd Vineyards & Lakes Hike from Budapest

Hike details:

🏞Hello Hikers!
This time we invite you to a well-known but rarely visited hidden gem of Hungary🇭🇺, the famous Szekszárd wine region🍷! We’ll pass through its labyrinth-like, carved paths along lush vineyards, old wine cellars and fragrant forests🌲 on the hilltops until we descend to the scenic lake🏞 of Szálka, the enjoy some beach sports🏄‍♂️.
Szekszárd is a small town of 30 thousand residents in the southwest of Hungary, world famous for its local red wines🍷, namely the Kadarka and the Bull’s blood 🦬(Szekszárdi bikavér) which was praised allegedly even by Pope Pius IX.
The surrounding hills around Szekszárd are covered by yellow loess, this peculiar sand-like soil which is really easy to carve – for wine cellars, but it is also sinking under the weight of vehicles, turning all the road network into a romantic labyrinth.
On our hike we will roam between the old shabby buildings of winemakers🏚, climb up to the top of the hill area, to a fancy lookout tower👀, visit an authentic local wine cellar where we can also taste the wine🍷, and after a few kilometers hike through the forests, we’ll descend to the lake of Szálka to a scenic beach resort 🏖where we can also have a decent lunch.
What can you expect?
-Distance: 19 km
-Duration: 6 hours
-Elevation gain: 250 m
-Charming vineyards and old wine cellars
-Lookout tower with scenic view
-Taste of the special local wines
-Swim and relax in the lake of Szálka
-Spend a wonderful day with a large international crowd!
7:50 – Meeting at Budapest-Kelenföld Train Station (upstairs, next to the escalator, 10 meters from Pizza King, on Etele tér)
8:12 – 9:57 – Train travel to Szekszárd
10:00 – 11:30 – Hike to the lookout tower and the winery
12:00 – 16:00 – Through the forests descending to the lake of Szálka
16:00 – 18:00 – Beach time (watersports, food, drink, chill)
18:00 – 18:50 – Walk to the railway station
18:55 – 21:50 – Returning to Budapest by train
Can’t wait to see you all!
Adult Ticket without lunch: 9.000 HUF
Student Ticket without lunch: 8.000 HUF

Easy: < 10 km 
Moderate: 10-20 km
Difficult: > 20 km