Climb up the rope ladder to Csesznek Castle
Csesznek is a village that lies about 35 kilometres from Veszprém. Just outside the village, you will find the only via ferrata in Hungary that is recommended for young children (provided they are at least 7-8 years old). Although the 100-metre road at an elevation of 45 metres is perfectly safe, you will still need a safety harness and a helmet in addition to the pre-installed security wire ropes, especially if you want to get the children to like climbing and not scare them off. If you are a more experienced climber, you can volunteer as a supervisor of your team; otherwise you should only try the tour with a guide. You can also hike up to Csesznek, and in this case you should start your tour in Gézaháza and walk through picturesque Kő Ditch. You can get changed at the foot of Kőmosó Ravine, and then start your test of courage under the supervision of an adult.
Be prepared! Often this is the place where people realise that they are afraid of heights. The first section is the hardest because when you are little, it is not easy to pay attention to so many things at the same time. It is also very easy to forget how and when you have to use the snaphooks when you are a novice, while the surge of adrenaline does not help either. If you do not feel like doing this difficult first section, you can just skip it, because there is a steep trail that you can do on foot and takes you to the first stop. So there’s no need to despair if any of the children change their mind about climbing. The second part of the climb includes a built-in rope bridge. All you have to do, basically, is just walk over it. The last two sections require additional climbs, but these are not as difficult as the first one. As you reach the top, you will have a fantastic view of the castle standing tall on the rock opposite. After you get back from climbing, go and visit the castle ruins. It is only a few minutes’ walk from the nearby car park, and the panorama as you stand on the ancient wall is fantastic, allowing you to see the extensive forests of the Bakony Hills.