VaskapuVaskapu means Iron Arch. It is the highest arch in Hungary. It is located
to the North-West of Budapest in the Pilis-hills about 560m above sea level. This area is a part of Duna-Ipoly National Park founded in 1997.
It's a double limestone arch: the upper "gate" is much smaller than the lower one.
There are some climbing routes.
Getting ThereRoute from the capital: Budapest - Pomáz - Pilisszentkereszt
You can leave the car in Pilisszentkereszt. Go on the green marked path to a small valley and turn up to the rocks on the wood steps. There is a spring on the left side at the first part of the path.
When you reached the rocks you can see two arches. The height difference from the valley to the rocks is 250m.
The most famous is the Ridge-route which is one of the longest ones in Hungary. I don't want to tell you the length because you would laugh on it. :-) The most important thing: it is beautiful and standing on top there is a wonderful view of the entire Pilis-hills.
Zsigmondy EmilYou can find a table for memory of Emil Zsigmondy (11 August 1861 – 6 August 1885) at the bigger arch. He is the most famous mountaineer with Hungarian origins. Many places, mountains are named about him. There are memorial tours to Vaskapu in every years to tribute to the dead Hungarian mountaineers.
Linksutvonalterv.hu (english version)
Routing by car, by public transport, by bike and by on foot
turistautak.hu (english version)
Hiking trails, track logs, downloading into mapping GPS units
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