You can take perfect selfies while standing on the top of Gellért Hill, in Citadella, in Buda Castle, on one of the pillars of Liberty Bridge, in the dome of the Basilica, in the Rooftop restaurants, in the Sky Bars, on the top of the Budapest Eye, at the tip of the island in Kisoroszi, by the coal loading tower built in the Danube in Esztergom, on one of the piers in the floating fishing village on Lake Bokodi, or while standing in the middle of a poppy field outside Veszprém on a calm day at the beginning of May, or even on the top of any Hungarian TV tower or the breastwork of any border fortress around the country. These lookout towers offer different kinds of beautiful views in all months of the year. Here are some tips about the places that are less easily accessible.
Budapest and Greater Budapest
The classic Elisabeth Lookout Tower built at the beginning of the 20th century
János Hill has long been a favourite tourist destination and dating spot. Originally, there was a wooden lookout tower at the top, but it was later replaced with a stone tower. The tower was built of freshwater limestone and sandstone from the Triassic Period, and its topmost balcony stands at a height of 23.5 metres. The view from here is simply amazing.
Guckler Károly Lookout Tower
Hármashatár Hill is a favourite among day trippers, who flock to the treeless hilltop offering a wonderful view of the capital. The Glucker Károly Lookout Tower was built a few years ago, on the 495 m high peak of the hill. In good weather, you can even see the hills of Cserhát, Mátra and Pilis from here.
Csergezán Pál Lookout Tower
The tower was built on the highest point of the Buda Hills, the 559 m high peak called Nagy-Kopasz, and is a sight in itself with its futuristic design. If you climb the 18 m lookout tower in good weather, you will be able to see all around, from Mátra to Pilis and the Zsámbék Basin, as far as the Velence Hills. Whether you start your trip to the wooden lookout tower from Nagykovácsi or from the road between Budakeszi and Telki, it will take you two hours to walk on the Sisakvirág educational trail to reach it.
Nagy-szénás Buda Hills
Just outside Nagykovácsi, a village that is now a part of Budapest, you will find the 550 m high Nagy-szénás, with its bare, rounded cones. As you stand on its lithophyte-covered peak where no trees block the view, you will see an amazing panorama. The fastest route to this spot leaves from Nagykovácsi and runs along the 2-kilometre-long Nagy-szénás educational trail, but if you decide to follow the Hungarian Blue Trail, that will also take you up to the top.
Prédikálószék – Visegrád Hills
The picturesque and busy centre of the Danube Bend region is teeming with sights. This is particularly true for the surroundings of the citadel that tower over the landscape in Visegrád. At the foot of the historic wall of the ancient castle, you will find a bobsleigh track, a luxurious hotel and a forest school as well. Just a few kilometres from here, there is a huge andesite rock called Prédikálószék which at a height of 639 metres, is the tallest member of the group of hills surrounding Visegrád. There is a small clearing with benches and tables on the peak. As you look around you from here you will see the Danube flowing down at the foot of the hill, with this bank of the river home to Visegrád with Solomon’s Tower and the Citadel, while the other features Nagymaros, the peaks of Börzsöny, including Szent Mihály Hill, Csóványos and Nagy-Hideg Hill. The track from Dömös is a little bit steeper, while the one from Pilisszentlászló offers a more relaxing walk.