Castle Hill Lookout
Climb up Castle Hill that towers over Királyrét: it is worth every drop of sweat, since there is a brand-new lookout tower on top, from which the view of the surrounding slopes of Börzsöny, Pilis, Naszály and Cserhát is something out of this world. In good weather, you can even get a glimpse of the Galyatető and Kékestető peaks.
Kékestető, at the top of Hungary
The TV tower on the highest point in the country is the emblematic building of the Mátra Hills. Also used as a lookout tower, it was built in 1981 next to the stone tower and transmission station that had been there since 1958. The tower is 176 metres tall and you can access the closed lookout area on the second floor and the open-air lookout area on the third floor by lift. The latter stands at a height of 45 metres, so anyone who comes up here will be standing 1,059 metres above sea level and will be able to marvel at the beautiful landscape stretching all the way to the High Tatras. But tourists don’t just visit for the view, but also for the ski run, which is the highest lying in Hungary.
Galya Lookout – Galyatető
The lookout terrace that stands almost 1,000 metres above sea level offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the land around it. The panorama from up here runs from the nearby Mátra and Börzsöny Hills up to the white gleaming peaks of the distant High Tatras. There are three romantic rooms with coloured windows and round-shaped doors inside the tower, which are called bivouac shelters, where you can actually sleep under the million stars of the full night sky. If you want something more comfortable, there is a minimalist Tourist Centre in Galyatető, a few hundred metres down the road.
The 950-metre-high Tar-kő is located on the southern side of the Bükk Plateau and towers well over its surroundings, so you will have a perfect view of the southern range of Bükk all the way to Eger, and if you come here in good weather, you will even see Tokaj Hill. You can reach the peak after a pleasant hike starting from Bánkút, but if you are only up for a short walk, you can also leave from the car park at Olasz-kapu and walk along the 7-kilometre educational trail of the same name until you get to Tar-kő.
Avas Lookout Tower
There have been many wooden lookout towers on the 234-metre Avas Hill in the middle of the town of Miskolc. The TV tower that stands there today was built in 1963. The tower is 72 metres tall, and somewhere around 10 metres you will find an open terrace where tourists are permitted. From here, you will have a beautiful view of Bükk, the Sajó Valley, Cserehát and Tokaj, and towards the Great Hungarian Plain.
Magas-hegy Lookout Tower – Zemplén Hills
The lookout tower on top of the 514-metre Magas-hegy offers a wonderful view of Sátoraljaújhely, Hegyalja, Bodrogköz and the mountains of Slovakia. There is a chairlift that takes you up to the lookout tower. The 1,332-metre-long chairlift is the longest of its kind in Hungary, and also serves as a ski lift. This place is not only for hikers, but also for fans of adventure tours, of which you will find four here with varying levels of difficulty, but you can also test the bobsleigh track and slide down the extreme ropeway.
The 564-metre Sólyom Crag is not only one of the most typical formations left behind by the freezing environment of the Ice Age, but is also a favourite spot among rock climbers. If you are lucky enough to visit in fine weather, you will even be able to discern the remains of Regéc Castle on the distant peaks. You can climb up to the crag from several directions, but the route that is the most picturesque is the one from the direction of Kőkapu. The nearby Nagy-Péter-mennykő gives you a similar view of the land around the crag. If you look to the north while standing on top, you will see Füzér Castle, Hegyköz and Nagy-Milic.