Autumn In Hungary’s Zemplén Mountains

We took another trip in mid-November and caught the last days to enjoy the autumn colors in the forest of Zemplén Mountains before all the leaves fell (and before all the hotels got closed to tourists in Hungary). We only spent a weekend there, and we’ll surely go back when we can take trips again.

Zemplén Mountains are in the northeastern corner of Hungary, close to the Slovak border. (Some trails actually take you into Slovakia.) With its highest peak, Nagy-Milic being 894 meters high, Zemplén Mountains are covered with seasonal forests, and we think they’re the prettiest in autumn. Well, if you visit within that 2-4 weeks when the leaves turn colorful but not fall yet. It’s sometimes between mid-October and mid-November, depending on the specific weather conditions of the year.

Zemplén Mountains, Hungary

This year, it was quite late. We saw the first yellow and red leaves at the very end of October. And then, it was quite short, too. It took about a bit more than two weeks for most leaves to fall. Forests are grey and colorless in Hungary by now, and we happily browse through all the nice pictures we took of them earlier.

Zemplén Mountains, Hungary

Zemplén Mountains, Hungary

On this trip we finally got to visit the Megyer-hegy Tarn, an abandoned mine that gets more and more attention thanks (or not?) to Instagram. It’s a lovely trail to a lovely scene, but we were right not to have our expectations too high. With that said, there’s an easy hiking trail around the tarn, and a via ferrata trail inside it, so whether you’re more or less adventurous, you can have fun either way.

Megyer-hegy Tarn, Hungary

It’s worth climbing the steps of the viewing tower at the tarn. We had a pretty 360 degrees panorama of the landscape from up there, including the city of Sárospatak and the Zemplén Mountains in the north. Megyer-hegy Tarn itself can’t be seen from the tower though.

Zemplén Mountains, Hungary

Medieval ruins and stone castles can be seen on several peaks of Zemplén Mountains. Boldogkő Castle or Füzér Castle are the most famous. But we found picturesque ruins of a Pauline monastery on the Rákóczi Heritage Trail that we hiked from Telkibánya to the Amádé Castle Ruins. It was a comfortable day hike for a short autumn day, especially with our little toddler.

Ruins of a Pauline monastery, Zemplén Mountains, Hungary

Zemplén Mountains, Hungary

We’d like to hike other sections of Rákóczi Heritage Trail, and conquer Nagy-Mili on our next visit. Well, and lots of ruins and castles are yet to be visited… maybe next spring.

Zemplén Mountains, Hungary

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Bea is the co-founder of Our Wanders. She’s the writer and the trip organizer, and she’d love to help you plan your own amazing trips! She likes hiking, good novels and chocolate, as well. Her motto is: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” (John A. Shedd)

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