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Castles and Monasteries of Bakony Mountains

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Castles and Monasteries of Bakony Mountains

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Castles and Monasteries of Bakony Mountains
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Country
Hungary
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest
Day 2: Zirc
Day 3: Zirc
Day 4: Zirc
Day 5: Bakonybél
Day 6: Bakonybél
Day 7: Bakonybél
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Castles and Monasteries of Bakony Mountains

Explore beautiful Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube, and the hidden secrets of the Bakony Mountains. Bakony is a mountainous region, forming the major part of the Transdanubian Mountains, and located just 30 km north of Lake Balaton. It is an isolated region of a magical beauty, with densely forested ridges, small lakes and numerous medieval fortresses and monasteries. Once here, you can add a couple of days at Lake Balaton, the main summer attraction of Hungary. You can also extend this tour by booking our Budapest and the Danube Bend short break as an add-on.


Itinerary for Castles and Monasteries of Bakony Mountains

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Day 1: Arrival in Budapest

Welcome to Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube, with its grand buildings and elegant bridges, a vibrant city, full of history and culture. Let yourself be tempted by the thermal baths, including the famous Gellért. The Fishermen’s stronghold on Buda’s hill will offer you a splendid sight of the Danube, the impressive Chain Bridge and the magnificent architecture of the Parliament. Enjoy the cosy cafes or try the famous local wines in the evening.

  • Accommodation: a 3 or 4-star city hotel in Budapest downtown (Medosz or similar)

Day 2: Zirc

Today you take the train to Zirc (2 hours) where you will spend the following three nights. Dubbed ‘the capital of Bokony’, Zirc is the highest town of Hungary (400m). The local sights are all within walking distance, offering a real cultural experience: Cistercian Abbey (founded by Béla III, King of Hungary (1182)), Monument Library, Bakony Museum and Arboretum.

  • Accommodation in a family hotel / serviced apartment in Zirc

Day 3: Cuha Gorge

Start your Bakony exploration tour in the romantic Cuha stream gorge. After the first 8 kilometres, you’ll have several options to continue your walk – or you can choose to return to Zirc on a very spectacular train ride.

  • Walking for the day: 4-8 hours, 13 to 26 km depending on the route chosen
  • Accommodation in a family hotel / serviced apartment in Zirc

Day 4: Csesznek Castle

Choose from the several walk options we have prepared for today. One of the circular walks may lead you to the stunning Csesznek Castle, built 700 years ago on a cliff top. The castle was constructed after the Mongol invasion of Europe. On your return visit Hubertus Inn at Gézaháza.

  • Walking for the day: 4-8 hours, 13 to 26 km depending on the route chosen
  • Accommodation in a family hotel / serviced apartment in Zirc

Day 5: Bakonybél

Today you move deeper into the Bakony Mountains by walking to Bakonybél, a hidden place of magical beauty. The history of the village is closely connected to the Benedictine Bakonybél Abbey founded by Saint Stephen I in 1018. Saint Gellert resided here as a hermit between 1023 and 1030. The village had been completely destroyed during the Ottoman occupation and was later rebuilt and repopulated. The Benedictine church and monastery were built in 1754 in Baroque style. There is also a chapel close to the village with the statue of Saint Gellert, the stations of Christ’s sufferings and the holy trinity, at Ivy Spring (also known as Saint Spring), next to a lake supplied by the spring. Another sight is the Ethnographic Museum in the village. There is also a museum of nature and forestry called the House of the Bakony Forests.

  • Walking for the day: 5 hours, 19 km
  • Accommodation in a family hotel in Bakonybél (Hotel Bakony or similar)

Day 6: Bakonybél Circular Walks

From Bakonybél you have many walking options for the next days. Today you may walk along the Gerence Creek to the Killer Lake, to Vár-hegy or Odvaskő cave.

  • Walking for the day: 3-7 hours, 10 to 19 km depending on the route chosen
  • Accommodation in a family hotel in Bakonybél (Hotel Bakony or similar)

Day 7: Kőrishegy

Climb the highest point of the Bakony, Kőrishegy (709 m) today – or you may opt for a short bus ride and a city walk in the charming baroque town of Pápa (30 km).

  • Walking for the day: 3-7 hours, 10 to 19 km depending on the route chosen
  • Accommodation in a family hotel in Bakonybél (Hotel Bakony or similar)

Day 8: Budapest / Departure

Take your train back to Budapest (2-3 hours, change in Veszprém). Reach the airport by public transport or spend an extra night in Budapest.

Hotels for Castles and Monasteries of Bakony Mountains

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2 and 3-star hotels or serviced apartments as indicated in the itinerary. Hotel upgrade possible in Veszprém, the Town on Queens (instead of Zirc), also available as an extension. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included on all days, as well as 3 dinners in Zirc and 3 dinners in Bakonybel. When no restaurant location is available on route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is not included only on first night in Budapest.

Travel for Castles and Monasteries of Bakony Mountains

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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Budapest.

Flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports


Private Transfers

Airport transfers by train are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and faster compared to car or bus transfers. All other transfers (including train tickets Budapest-Zirc on Day 2, Bakonybél-Budapest on Day 8) are included.

Hungary: Country Info

Language: Hungarian. In big cities, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are in Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.

Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Up-to-date travel advice on Hungary is available here.

Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Castles and Monasteries of Bakony Mountains

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate / Moderate

Appropriate for both novice and experienced walkers as on all days you have a choice of circular walks of different length, the only exception being the 19-km walk between Zirc and Bakonybél. The terrain is not demanding and there are no steep ascents (highest point is only 709m above sea level) (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from April until October.

Late spring, the whole summer and early autumn are beautiful in the Bakony Mountains with colourful foliage in late spring, gorgeous sunsets in summer and warm panoramas in fall. Weather is best in July – September.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.

Weather

The climate in the region is continental. Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but, in the May-September period, the daily averages are 20 – 25C. Spring and autumn are cooler with occasional rain. Expect the weather to change rapidly during the day.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Castles and Monasteries of Bakony Mountains

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  • Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps
  • Welcome meeting
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in hand-picked 2 and 3-star hotels or family-run guesthouses as listed in the itinerary
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners
  • Daily luggage transport to next hotel when changing hotels on days 5 and to train station on Day 8
  • Train tickets (Budapest-Zirc on Day 2, Bakonybél-Budapest on Day 8)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost

Please use the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the cost of the holiday and the different options for your preferred date.

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Train (EUR 2-4) from Budapest Airport to Budapest centre on Day 1
  • Train (EUR 2-4) from Budapest train station to Budapest Airport on Day 8
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Lunches
  • Dinner on first night in Budapest
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions

  • 1 extra night in Budapest before the walking holiday
  • 1 extra night in Budapest after the walking holiday
  • ‘All-in’ four-day Budapest extension (included 3 overnights on a B&B basis, 3-day travel card, city tour, coffee & cake, spa entry)
  • Balaton Lake extension
  • You can also extend this tour by booking our Budapest and the Danube Bend short break as an add-on.

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