The Ipoly Valley’s unspoiled beauty and the spectacular views from the Börzsöny Mountains, Szentendre Island locked in by the River Danube and the ever enticing Danube Bend; all these bring to mind the pleasures of boating, woodland picnics, and romantic sunsets. Take a walk in the fairytale cave or marvel at the birds at the Fertő bird sanctuary at Dinnyés or in the Turján marshlands at Ócsa!
Did you know...
- Pilis flax grows in the Szénások area, and nowhere else in the world?
- Three narrow gauge railways run in the Börzsöny Mountains?
Királyrét Open Air School (Szokolya–Királyrét, Tel.: 27/585-625) – guided tours in Börzsöny, open air school and kindergarten programs, handicraft programs. Open: all year, by appointment only.
Kökörcsin (Meadow Anemone) Open Air School (Esztergom
-Kertváros, Suzuki út, Tel.: +36-30/663-4614) – bird watching and a walk learning about dens, water biological tests, lectures on game, guided tours available. Open: all year, by appointment only.
Apródok útja Nature Trail (7.2 km) (Drégelypalánk) – flora and fauna of the forests and lakes, cultural history of the area, unique panorama from Drégely Castle Páskom legelő Nature Trail (3 km) (Dejtár) – the largest reedy area of Ipoly Valley with rich avifauna.
Strázsa-hegy Nature Trail (1.2 km) (Esztergom) – sand swallow and bee-eater colonies, unique views from the lookout tower on the top of the hill.
Other demonstration sites within the operational area of the Directorate:
Alcsút Arboretum (Alcsútdoboz, Tel.: +36-20/424-8995; www.alcsutiarboretum.hu) – centenary tree giants, ruins of classicist Habsburg Castle, chapel, doll house. Open: Monday-Sunday from 10 a.m. until sunset.
Ócsa Landhouse and Turján House (Ócsa, Dr. Békési Panyik Andor u. 4-6, Tel.: +36-30/494-3368, www.ocsaitajhaz.hu) – rich folklore collection, doll exhibition, handicraft activities, demonstrations of minor professions, guided tours available on study trails. Open: 1st February to 30th November Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday and bank holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pál-völgy Cave (Budapest
, 2nd district, Szépvölgyi út 162, Tel.: 1/325-9505) – cave tours in the second longest cave system in Hungary. Open: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pilis Flax Visitor Centre (Pilisszentiván, Bányász u. 17, Tel.: +36-30/663-4669; www.szenas.hu) – exhibition on nature, professional guided tours available for Nagy-Szénás and Jági Nature Trails. Open: all year, by appointment only.
-hegy Visitor Centre (Budapest, 11th district, Tájék u. 26, Phone: +36-30/408-4370, www.sas-hegy.hu) – interactive exhibition about the flora and fauna of the area, guided tours available for the nature trail. Open: 1st March to 31st October Tuesday, Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Szemlő-hegy Cave (Budapest, 2nd district, Pusztaszeri út 35, Tel.: 1/325-6001) – cave tours, clean therapeutic air. Open: every day10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday: closed.
Királyrét Open Air School (Szokolya–Királyrét) – rooms accommodating 3-6-8 persons up to 41 persons, rooms for 2 persons with shower up to 10 persons. Open: all year by appointment only, for appointments please call: 27/585-625.