European Summit Challenge
Hungary - Kékes 1014

Most people arriving in Hungary from the west will do so via Budapest, Hungary's capital city. Take the train from Budapest's Keleti pu station to Vamosgyörk (~1 hr 15 mins) and then on to Gyöngyös (another 15 mins). Gyöngyös is a large town and makes an ideal base. Alternatively continue on to Mátrafüred via the private narrow gauge railway.

You can start walking from Gyöngyös though there is little height gained until one reaches Mátrafüred. From Mátrafüred, the route to the summit of Kékes is entirely forested, and paths are waymarked using an array of colour coded shapes. The most direct route to the summit is waymarked by blue cross, later by blue triangles. I took an alternative but parallel route down following green blazes. At no time did the route present any difficulties. The easiest, but perhaps the most boring route would be to follow the road to the radio mast on the summit.

There are hundreds of other trails in the Mátra Hills so it would be very easy to extend the route to suit the duration of your stay. Though it must be said that most of time would be spend in the forest with very little views.

Accommodation can be found in both Gyöngyös and Mátrafüred. In Gyöngyös I stayed at the guesthouse Vincellér Panzió at 22 Erzsébet Királynét. I found both clean and reasonably priced.

Check the regional tourist office at for advance bookings of hotels and pension.

Mátra Hills

Cartographia publish a 1:40,000 map of the region, ask for A Mátra number 14 in their series. This also has a 1:20,000 map of Mátrafüred.

As well as the usuall background information, the Lonely Planet guide to Hungary has a section on the Mátra Hills. ISBN number 0-86442-685-2.

Buy from Stanfords, London, UK.

The Hungarian Tourist Board Website has useful fact about travelling to Hungary.