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New nature trail on Kis-Hárs Hill honours revered writer


  • We Love Budapest

13/01/2021 11.18am

A new nature trail honours acclaimed Hungarian writer István Fekete, best known for his children’s literature and animal stories. Winding around Kis-Hárs Hill, the track was recently created on the anniversary of his birth 120 years ago and his death 70 years later.

Opened shortly before Christmas, the path allows hikers to explore nature around a beautiful excursion spot, with information boards depicting this celebrated figure of Hungarian literature.

István Fekete
devoted almost all his life to nature. His novels Tüskevár (‘Thorn Castle’) and Téli berek (‘Winter Grove’) are must-reads for local nature enthusiasts. While he’s best known for his children’s books such as Vuk, about a savvy little fox, also a popular animation series, his stories for adults, including Zsellérek (‘Cottars’), Barangolások (‘Wanderings’) and Derengő Hajnal (‘Day Breaking’), are equally acclaimed.  

Photo: Pilisi Parkerdő Zrt.

Pilis Park Forest is paying tribute to the writer’s rich heritage with a new nature trail. The first stop is located near Fekete’s former residence (District II, Tárogató út 77). Here, the living room has been turned into a chapel called Jézus Szíve Kápolna – the writer gave the room to the church in 1950, after nuns having been evicted from a nearby covenant, the Szent Ferenc Lányai.

Photo: Pilisi Parkerdő Zrt.

The trail stretches for nearly 800 metres from Széher út and is among the most popular on Hárs Hill. Its interactive information boards are equipped with QR codes, so hikers can use their smartphones to learn more about Fekete, as well as the surrounding nature and wildlife.

After the trail ends, you can continue the hike, heading for either the Makovecz or Károly Kaán lookouts by following the yellow signs.  

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