This tour is a real treat for those looking to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Danube Bend from a number of lookout spots and lookout towers. We even visit a cave system that used to be inhabited by hermits in the Middle Ages.
Börzsöny and the volcanic mass of Visegrád Hills across the river used to be one geological unit in the old times. Two million years ago, when the sea receded from this area, the ancient Danube found its way between the two ranges and cut the structural unit of the landscape in half by continuously and steadily eroding the hills. We will see the greyish volcanic rock, andesite often on our tour.
The first section of our route leads on the side of Szent Mihály Hill. In exchange for putting in some extra distance, we get precious shards of panorama blinking at us every once in a while. If we would like to see the whole S-bend of the Danube, we can visit the lookout tower on top of Prédikálószék across the river.
We walk past the pieces of andesite around the quarry on our way to Remete Cave, where hermits used to live in the Middle Ages. There are only two other places in Hungary where artificial caves are found that used to be inhabited by hermits: Tihany and Szentkút.
Walking uphill to Hegyes-tető, we can see several holes in the ground resembling deep, gigantic wells. These are prospect holes that were used in ore mining at the beginning of the 1970s. The mines closed down since, and the holes are slowly filling up as the forest reclaims the area, but it is best to stay away from the edges and not cross the railings. The ground around the holes is soft and crumbles easily, and it is close to impossible to climb out of the holes without professional equipment once we fall in.
We will be rewarded with the most majestic panorama of the tour at the highest point of our route, from the top of Julianus Lookout Tower on Hegyes-tető. At first it could be unusual and surprising that the panorama is decorated by the Danube both looking east and west. The southern part of the horse shoe shaped curve is blocked from our view by the mass of Szent Mihály Hill. On its right side, in the direction of the path leading down the hill, we can see the houses of Szob, and to the left, the nearby rooftops of Nagymaros are visible. On the other side of the river, we can feast our eyes on the picturesque Citadel. The stone tower was built by the Encián Tourist Club in 1939.
Descending to Zebegény, we can climb up to the Kós Károly Lookout Tower on Nagy-Kerek Hill. It is not an accident that the wooden structure is shaped as a watchtower: It honours the memory of the ancient Roman defensive line, Limes. From the lookout tower, we can see from Zebegény below us to Pilismarót across the river.