Magical Bakony Mountains

2-center self-guided walking holiday in Hungary

From € 880.- / 8 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Basilika building in Hungary Little house on a lake Castle on a sunset

Come and discover the many natural and cultural treasures of this amazing part of Hungary with this leisurely 2-center self-guided walking holiday.

The Bakony Mountains lie in the very heart of Transdanubia, the most versatile part of Hungary. Its isolation, densely forested ridges, small closed basins and medieval fortresses and monasteries have protected the local inhabitants and cultural treasures over the course of many stormy centuries.

Accommodation in the Magical Bakony

You’ll overnight in 2 comfortable smaller hotels (3 nights each). Ensuite bathroom is available at each place.

Beautiful hotel building
Twin bedroom
Hotel building with green medow infront

Buffet breakfasts and dinners will be served at the accommodation (Day 2 to 7). You will try local specialities, using regional products. On arrival +1 Budapest overnight (B&B).

A view of a nice building from above
Walking path along a lake

Walking in the Magical Bakony Mountains

Walking path along little white monuments
Old train tunnel

Some highlights: Budapest, ‘Pearl of the Danube’
Zirc: Cistercian Abbey, Monument Library
Romantic Cuha valley 
Csesznek castle
Bakonybél: Benedictine monastery
‘Killer lake’
Veszprém, ‘Town of Queens’
Lake Balaton.

Magical Bakony Mountains walking holiday itinerary

Crystal clear lake
A low cave

You will get a walking map (1:40 000) and tour proposals for both the circular walks (different lengths) and the hotel-to-hotel section.

Day 1 – Budapest
Welcome to Budapest! Depending on arrival time you may have time to explore the city in the afternoon. Budapest is the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ with grand buildings and sweeping bridges. It is a particularly busy city, full of history. If you have time, let yourself be tempted by one of the thermal baths – the most famous, Gellért will not fail to impress you. The Fishermen’s Bastion on Buda hill will offer you a splendid sight of the Danube, the impressive Chain Bridge and the magnificient architecture of the Parliament. Enjoy the many coffee bars and be entertained by the wonderful Hungarian folk musicians.

Day 2 – Zirc
Today you take the train to Zirc (app. 2 hours, 1 change) where you will spend the following 3 nights. Zirc is the highest lying town of Hungary. The local sights are all within walking distance offering a real cultural experience: Cistercian Abbey, Monument Library, Bakony Museum and Arboretum.
Overnight in Zirc. (Meals: B, D)

Day 3 – Zirc
Start your Bakony exploration tour in the romantic Cuha stream gorge. After the first 8 kms you’ll hafe several options to continue your walk – we provide tour map, route proposals and timetable if you choose to return to Zirc on a very spectacular train ride.
Overnight in Zirc. (Meals: B, D)

A forest path
View of Zirk from above

Day 4 – Zirc
Choose from the several walk options we’d prepared for your walking days. One of the circular walks may lead you e.g. to Csesznek castle, built 700 years ago on a cliff top excellent for protection. On your return visit ‘Hubertus Inn’ at Gézaháza.
Overnight in Zirc. (Meals: B, D)

Day 5 – Bakonybél
Today you move deeper into the Bakony Mountains by walking to Bakonybél (19 km). This hidden place unfolds the history of the Benedictine monastery with the Holy source and calvary nearby. The ‘Pannon Observatory’ with telescope park and Planetary is an unexpexted novelty in this tiny village!
Overnight in Bakonybél. (Meals: B, D)

Day 6 – Bakonybél
From Bakonybél we also provide walking tour options for the next few days (10 to 20km). You may walk along the Gerence creek to the ‘Killer lake’, to Vár-hegy or Odvaskő cave, among others.
Overnight in Bakonybél. (Meals: B, D)

Day 7 – Bakonybél
Climb the highest point of the Bakony,  Körishegy (709 m) today – or you may opt for a short bus ride and a city walk in the charming baroque town Pápa (30 km).
Overnight in Bakonybél. (Meals: B, D)

Day 8 – Back to Budapest & departure
Today you say goodbye to the Bakony and take your train back to Budapest (change in Veszprém). Do not arrage your flight for too early!
Overnight in Bakonybél. (Meals: B)

Dates and Availability

A rocky spring through a forest
View point

The best time for this tour is from April to end of October. The dates for this walking holiday are subject to accommodation availability (possibly no weekend arrival).

The tour is recommended from 2 persons but solo walkers are also welcome!

Tour price for 2024:

  • € 880.- per person (twin share)
  • € 190.- single room supplement
  • € 1,100.- solo walker rate


  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Extra nights on request
  • 5 walking days
  • Flexible meal plan

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    Map of Hungary showing the location of the Magical Bakony Mountains Self-guided walking holiday

    Holiday Type:

    Walking Holiday

    Board Basis:

    Half Board


    From € 880.- / 8 days
    Price per person based on 2 people sharing

    €190.- single room supplement
    €1,100.- solo walker rate


    • Luggage transport
    • + Multiple accommodations

    What's included:

    • Welcome/info meeting
    • 7 Hotel overnights
    • 7 Breakfasts
    • 6 Dinners
    • Return train tickets (Budapest/Zirc)
    • Tour map
    • Route proposals
    • Luggage transport (Zirc/Bakonybél)
    • Transfer to train for departure (Zirc)

    NOT included:

    All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

    Walking Grade:

    • Level terrain or hills
    • Easy walking
    hills and low mountains
    • Hills to low mountains
    • Easy to moderate walking


    Tailor-made walking possible

    Best time to go:

    April – October

    Contact Details:

    Magical Bakony Mountains, a Self-guided walking holiday in Hungary by Puzzle Tours Hungary

    Contact: Judit Kaszás
    Telephone: +36 20 511 96 45

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    Languages spoken:

    English, German, Hungarian

    Getting there:

    • Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport (BUD) (22 km)
    • Keleti Railway Station (3 km)

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