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Bükk National Park Directorate

Bükk National Park

Bükk National Park is Hungary's largest mountain national park, located in the North-Central Mountains, between Rétság and Tokaj. It covers an area of ​​884,736 hectares, of which 125045 hectares are protected natural areas (of which 17 844 hectares are more strictly protected). The national park includes 9 landscape protection areas - Lázbérc Landscape Protection Area (TK), Hollókői TK, Mátrai TK, Borsodi TK, Mezőség TK, Karancs-Medves TK, East-Cserháti TK, Kesznyéteni TK, Heves Grassland TK , Tarnavidéki TK – , as well as 14 nature conservation areas. Including over 3000 Ex lege protected areas, 1246 Ex Lege protected nature values (caves) and Natura 2000 - special protection areas for birds and special areas of conservation, attest to its wide variety and importance.


Highly protected areas

Within the Bükk National Park, there are areas of outstanding importance, with unique natural, cultural, historical and landscape values, which enjoy increased protection. These areas include: the castle of Dédes and its surroundings, the Csondró valley and the Seeing-stones, the Garadna-site and the Three-well valley, the surface of St. Stephen's Cave in Lillafüred, the Szinva-site, the Sebes-water valley ,the area around Javorkút, the Nagy-mező (Great field), the Balla valley and the Ugly Valley and the area they cover, the Rock valley of Tile Castle, the Hór Valley, the Ablakos-kő-völgy (Window-stone valley) and the Girl valley, the " Stones” range, the Szalajka valley, the Castle hill of Felsőtárkárkány, the Castle hill of Szarvaskő and its surroundings and the Imó-stone. After the 1984 enlargement: the south-western orth of Bél-kő covers 13.4 hectares.



Location affected by the project and the nearby natural values

Pécs-kő (Pécs-stone)

East of Salgótarján, approximately 1,5km, rises the 542 m high Pécs-stone. It is advisable to visit the rock along Salgótarján - Somlyó mine colony - Pécskő saddle route. From the Pécs-stone saddle you can reach the Pécs-stone peak along a marked path (yellow strip) approximately within a 20 minute walk. The Pécs-stone volcanic cone was created during the Pliocene period (2-3 million years ago) by a two-phase volcanic activity. Human beings settled here in the prehistoric time. Excavations in the area around the rock peak in the 1960s found finds from Pécel and bronze age culture. There is no written mention in history about the story of Pécs-kő castle. Its ruins were first marked by a map made in 1802. A 1906 list of castles listed it as a destroyed stronghold.

Karancs-Medves Landscape Protection Area

The Karancs-Medves Landscape Protection Area is located in the north of Nógrád County, one of its specialities is that it is directly connected to the Cerová Vrchovina Landscape Protection Area on the other side of the border. It is made up of two separate blocks: the western part is the Karancs created by the andesite volcano, and the younger Medves area to the east bears the traces of basalt volcanoes.

The peak of Karancs, where a lookout tower is located, can be reached along the yellow tourist sign from the center of Salgótarján.

Baglyas-kő (Baglyas-stone)


In the interior of Salgótarján can be found the basalt cone of the locally protected Baglyas stone. Adjacent to the Baglyas-stone castle was found the Nature Conservation Visitor Center, which is also the centre of environmental education in the area. With large programme selection it awaits visitors from kindergarten age to retired visitors.

Opening hours

From 1 March until 31 October, from Tuesday to Sunday and from 9am to 4pm on public holidays;

From 1 November until 28 February , from Tuesday to Sunday and on public holidays from 9am to 3pm.

Ipolytarnóc Fossil remains Nature Reserve

The area was declared to be a protected area in 1944. It is the gem of our geological heritage. In the international literature, it is referred to as the Pompeii of the Ancient World. Its Paleozoic


values ​​have become public domain due to the volcanic catastrophe that destroyed and buried the mosaic-like ancient habitat. The shark hanging grass, the gigantic petrified trees, the subtropical rainforest leaf traces, the footprints of its creatures (with the footprints of more than 30 vertebrate taxa so far) would make it world-famous severally not even with its complexity! The area has been a European-graduate since 1995 and has been part of the pan-European natural heritage. Its Miocene park, as the entry gate of the Slovak-Hungarian Novohrad-Nógrád UNESCO Global Geopark, is the fortress of geotourism and its effect is also radiated to the region.

Opening hours:

From 1 March until 17 November, from Tuesday to Sunday and on public holiday Mondays and other holidays, we are open between 9am and 4pm.

From 22 November until 15 December, from Friday to Sunday (22-24 November, 29 November – 1 December, 6-8 December and 13-15 December), we are open between 9am and 3pm.


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Kercseg laposa Gyopár forrás völgye foto FVM

Közép bánya tó foto FVM

Medves fennsík Réti kereszt foto FVM

Salgo vára a Boszorkánykőről foto FVM

Szilvás kő foto Füleki Vármúzeum

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