This pleasant, fairly level tour takes us across the volcanic hills of South Börzsöny. In Törökmező, tasty bites and agility challenges wait for us. Our path follows the winding Malom Creek, we can educate ourselves on study trails, and finally, we can enjoy the majestic panorama of the Visegrád Castle.
Natural lakes are scarce in Börzsöny, most of the few ponds found in the area were created artificially. On level ground, permanent streams of water were dammed to create lakes and to make use of the body of water created this way. That is also how the Törökmező Fishing Pond came to being, which we will visit slightly off trail. In summertime, green algae thrive in the sunshine and warm temperature and grow all over the shallow water, painting the water surface bright green.
The closed mass of the volcanic hills drains the water of the streams easily, so the water level of the creeks tends to fluctuate widely. In the height of summer and in the autumn, there is hardly any water at the bottom of Malom Creek, but in wintertime, it rushes down with elemental force, carving the gorge ever deeper.
Climbing up in Malom Valley, we have the whole range of tourist accommodations, with an increasing level of comfort: After the clearing of Sátorozó-rét, we arrive to a yurt camp, where we have a roof over our head, and the rural guest house next to it even offers a fully equipped kitchen. In the nearby guest house, we can not only enjoy electricity and running water, but even a snack bar and hot food is provided to serve our convenience.
Törökmező, also accessible by car, offers several attractive activities to all age groups—it is actually quite hard to choose from them. The smallest ones can have fun on the playground and in the mini zoo, while bigger children can challenge each other on the soccer field or the volleyball court. The adventure park is a challenge for everyone, where we can test our agility, balance and creativity as well as we try to get from one obstacle to the next. We can enjoy the fresh air, delicious refreshments and cool drinks in the shade of the trees in the summer, and have a hot soup or tea to warm us up in wintertime.
Following the National Blue Trail to Nagymaros our path is joined by a study trail, on which we can learn about the silvopasture that we are walking on, and which was already a busy droveway in the Middle Ages: It was used as a shortcut between Nagymaros and Zebegény by herdsmen droving their livestock to the German market, while the animals could even graze on the rich pasture.
The experiences of the tour are concluded at Kövesmező and at the resting stop on our way down, where we can admire the majestic view of the Citadel of Visegrád towering glamorously over the opposite side of the Danube.
At the time of the floods, crossing Malom Creek is made difficult by the high water levels. Trekking poles can be a great help for keeping our balance.