Bivouacking in the highest lookout
One of Hungary’s most exciting sights, as enjoyable at night as it is during the day, is none other than the Galya Lookout Tower. The highest lookout point in Hungary is also the most adventurous bivouac shelter in the country. A 17-metre-high stone lookout tower has stood here since 1939. The tower, which was originally built with internally closed stairs, was later reinvented and transformed into the current open structure. On the one hand, it was extended, which made it 30 metres high and, on the other, the stairs were placed on the outside, so the interior space freed up accommodates three 9 m2 rooms. The unique atmosphere of the reinforced concrete cells is provided by coloured windows and round metal doors, lending the interiors a constructivist and at times, even a pop-art atmosphere. Thanks to its design – which bears simplicity and respect for nature in mind – there is neither a soft bed nor a heated bathroom, but there is electricity, lighting and Wi-Fi, making it a rather luxurious bivouac shelter. Each minimalist cabin houses up to five people. For those who are less keen on such puritanical conditions and prefer more comfortable accommodation, there is also a tourist hostel right at the foot of the lookout tower. Of course, a night’s stay is a bit more costly here and sadly you won’t be able to stare at the stars over your head.