Hungarian national highpoints

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Hungarian national highpoints
Created On: Dec 3, 2008
Last Edited On: May 11, 2011

Introduction


Contemporary Hungary is a rather flat country, most of its territory is alluvial plains. However, there are mountaineous areas as well, mainly along one line stretching across the whole country in WSW-ENE direction (consisting of several distinct mountain groups), plus a separate small massif in the SW (Mecsek Mts.). The building material of Hungarian mountains (or hills, if you prefer) varies: sedimental rocks (limestone and sandstone) can be found often as well as volcanic rocks (andesite, basalt), but there are some other types as well in small quantity.


Geological map of Hungary
Geological overview map of Hungary - darker colours indicate mountain areas
(linked from the Geological Institute of Hungary)

The List


View towards Tar-kõ (950m) from Három-kõ (904m) summitTar-kő (950 m)
Kékes from the WestKékes-tető (1014 m)
Istállós-kőIstállós-kő (959 m)

Concerning the spatial setup, it would be rather pointless to list country highpoints based on administrative regions. Instead I decided to pick some that are important and/or interesting. For that reason, the following compilation is not based on absolute ranks, as it does not include all of the highest mountains in the country. There are a couple of 900m+ and several 800m+ points which are not represented here. These ones are situated nearby one or another mountain in the list. On the other hand, a few mountains with lower elevations were chosen to be featured for different semi-arbitrary reasons (nice view, topographic isolation, etc.). A non-arbitrary list of absolute ranks can be found here.

Photos and other type of collaboration are more than welcome!
CsóványosCsóványos (938 m)
Pilis-tetőPilis-tető (756 m)
Nagy-Milic / Veľký MiličNagy-Milic (895 m)




Name Height Range Lat/Lon Comment
Kékes-tető 1014 m Mátra 47°52'22.26" N, 20°00'30.16" E rank #1
360° panorama from TV-tower
ski webcam
Galya-tető 964 m Mátra 47°55'03.71" N, 19°55'16.81" E rank #3
Istállós-kő 959 m Bükk 48°04'09.87" N, 20°25'47.30" E rank #5
no view, but summit cross
Bálvány 956 m Bükk 48°05'58.68" N, 20°28'20.16" E rank #7
nice N view from GSM tower
Tar-kő 950 m Bükk 48°03'25.76" N, 20°27'40.38" E rank #11
natural viewpoint to the south
Csóványos 938 m Börzsöny 47°56'58.87" N, 18°56'56.23" E rank #19
nice panorama from geodetic tower
Nagy-Milic
(SK: Veľký Milič)
895 m Zempléni/Szalánci-hegység
(Zemplínské/Slanské vrchy)
48°34'35.87" N, 21°27'29.09" E rank #37
on the HU-SK border, free trespassing
Írott-kő
(AT: Geschrieben Stein)
880 m Kőszegi-hegység
(Günser Gebirge)
47°21'09.99" N, 16°26'01.36" E rank #44
highest point of the Transdanubian region
on the HU-AT border, free trespassing
Pilis-tető 756 m Pilis 47°41'19.93" N, 18°52'17.64" E second highest point of the Transdanubian region
(air-defence base in the 70's, now abandoned)
Kőris-hegy 709 m Bakony 47°17'38.83" N, 17°45'12.80" E third highest point of the Transdanubian region
view from artificial tower
Dobogó-kő 700 m Visegrádi-hegység 47°43'12.32" N, 18°53'56.50" E popular natural viewpoint near Budapest
(historic place of Hungarian hiking/mountaineering)
Zengő 682 m Mecsek 46°10'49.68" N, 18°22'38.71" E highest point of Southern Hungary
(close to Croatia)
Prédikálószék 640 m Visegrádi-hegység 47°44'23.47" N, 18°55'12.06" E fantastic view to the Danube bend
nice trail by the Vadálló-kövek rocks



Highpoints of BörzsönyHighpoints of Börzsöny Mountains

The Danube Bend in HungaryThe Danube bend from Prédikálószék

South view from Tar-kőWinter view from Tar-kő

Dobogó-kőView from Dobogó-kő

"Extraterrestrial"


The highest point of Hungarian speech area is actually missing from the above listing, as it lies far outside of present-day Hungary's borders. However, it is proper to be mentioned on this page. This mountain, called Madarasi-Hargita (RO: Harghita-Mădăraş) is located within present-day Romania (46°27'14.29" N, 25°34'56.27" E), on the land of the székely (ro: secui, de: szekler) ethnic group. Its height is 1801 m - still not very high, but way higher than any mountain inside Hungary. The top (which is a plateau rather than a peak) has a special atmosphere, with several rockpiles and countless messages arranged from smaller rock pieces by those who came to visit.


Madarasi-Hargita

Madarasi-Hargita, the "sacred mountain"
(linked from this external source)






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