Autumn In Hungary’s Kőszeg Mountains
This autumn we ventured to a region we’ve never been before but we’ve been planning to visit for a while: Kőszeg Mountains. This is a protected area located partly in Vas County in Hungary, and partly in Burgenland in Austria. The area in Hungary is part of Őrség National Park and offers lovely forest trails, viewing towers and natural viewpoints, as well.
Írott-kő (Geschriebenstein) with 884 meters is the highest point of Kőszeg Mountains and is located exactly on the border of Hungary and Austria. A viewing tower offers 360 degrees panorama from the peak.
Our favorite trail runs on the saddle (and occasionally on the border of Hungary and Austria) and rewards with picturesque views, especially with all the colorful trees below.
An easy and popular hiking destination is Hétforrás (Seven Springs in English). It’s in the Rőtfalva Valley and was named after the seven chieftains of the Magyars: Álmos, Előd, Ond, Kond, Tas, Huba and Töhötöm. We tasted all seven springs just for fun to see which is the most delicious. (Can water even be delicious?)
Óház-tető offers a viewing tower that was built on the foundation of an old fort.
Our favorite rock formation is called Kalapos-kövek. It’s hidden in the forest, and it’s one of the most picturesque rock formations in Hungary!
The church of St. Vid can be reached on a lovely trail from the village of Velem in about half an hour. What made it special for us was all the yellow and orange colors of the forest surrounding it.
Okay, okay, autumn colors make everything special. But we appreciate them with some deep sadness, knowing that within weeks all the leaves will fall, making the forest look dead.
Where do you like hiking in autumn?