If you would like to seek out the highest points of the country, you need to head northeast: the tallest peaks are found in the Mátra, a part of the North Hungarian Mountains. These include Kékes, which stands 1,014 meters above sea level, making it the highest point in Hungary, the Hungarian Mount Everest; climbing it is something you must do at least once in your life – like holidaying at Lake Balaton. It is followed by the 965 meters tall Galyatető, also belonging to the Mátra; actually, 26 of the 100 tallest mountain tops in Hungary are found in the Mátra!
While you hike here, be prepared for cool weather, as you may need a sweater even in the summer while walking under the dark, thick canopies of the beech forests. The forests of the Kékes are considered special: there are high mountain beech forests with unique microclimates, found only on peaks rising above 900 meters – in Hungary, they are found only here and in Galyatető.