Wonderful panorama of Lake Balaton, Tihany Peninsula, Káli and Tapolca Basin, exhibition about the history of the quarry and the use of basalt, million years old rock types of Transdanubia (the Western half of Hungary)
Contact, how to arrive:
Hegyestű, between Monoszló and Zánka
GPS: 46.889482, 17.646712
Tel.: +36303410862 (in opening hours)| +3687555292 (on workdays)
By car, coach and bicycle:
The interpretive site can be approached on a narrow paved road, branching off the main road between Zánka and Monoszló. There is a parking lot on the top of the hill at the interpretive site.
On a narrow paved road, branching off the main road between Zánka and Monoszló. It takes about 20 minutes to walk uphill and about 15 minutes to walk back downhill on this road section.
Marked hiking trails lead to Hegyestű Hill from Zánka (yellow stripe hiking marks) and from Monoszló (yellow stripe and blue triangle hiking marks). It takes about 45 minutes to walk to the visitor site from both villages.
Bus and train schedule | Ship and ferry schedule
|15. March –30. April||9 am – 5 pm|
|1. May – 31. August||9 am – 7 pm|
|1. September – 12. November||9 am – 5 pm|
|13. November – 14. March 2024||closed|
Admission fee / person:
|Adult:||2 000 HUF|
|Discounted*:||1 500 HUF|
|Child under 3 years:||free|
|Child (3-14 years):||1 000 HUF|
|Child (15-18 years):||1 500 HUF|
|Family ticket - 2 adults and 3 children (3-14years):||5 400 HUF/family|
|Further own child (3-14 years) to family ticket:||600 HUF|
The admission fee includes VAT, the fee of parking, the use of the toilets, visiting the exhibition, walking along the nature trail and the fee of accident insurance of visitors.
Credit cards (except American Express) and Hungarian Forint in cash are accepted.
Hegyestű (Needle Hill) Geological Visitor Site:
The partly quarried cone of the basalt volcano provides a particular view not only from far away, but it is amazing from a short distance, too. The material of the now strictly protected wall of basalt columns was once quarried by hand.
The exhibition areas display the life of the volcano, the history of the local basalt quarrying and the natural assets of the National Park. The visitors can take part in a geological time travel by means of a stone park formed by the characteristic rock types of Transdanubia. In the future centre of Bakony–Balaton Geopark a picnic area, a snack-bar and a souvenir shop await the visitors.
The typical picture of coexistence between nature and Man, visible in the characteristic forms of the Balaton Uplands, can be observed from the basalt cone of the Hegyestű. The small exhibition displayed in the building at the disused basalt quarry provides visitors with information about the natural assets of the National Park, the basalt mountains alongside the geological heritage of the Balaton Uplands as well as some of the traditions of hand carved small cobblestone quarrying.
The 'keeper' of the gate of the Káli Basin is Hegyestű which can be found between Zánka and Monoszló reaching as high as 337 metres. The hill shows a proper cone shape viewed from the direction of Lake Balaton. The northern part of the hill has been quarried, however, the remaining nearly 50-metre high mine-wall reveals the inside of the basalt volcano which was active 8 million years ago. The stiff lava in the crater of the volcano during the stiffening process split up into several vertical polygonal columns. This sight is unique in Hungary and it is a rare spectacle also in Europe.
The Káli Basin offers several look-out points with beautiful panorama, but maybe the most beautiful of them can be seen from the western edge of the quarry-yard of Hegyestű where with the help of the panorama-board we can identify the surrounding hills. Lake Balaton, Fonyód Hill from the south, Badacsony Hill, Gulács Hill, the Keszthely Hills, Csobánc Hill, Fekete Hill, Boncsos peak from the west and Tátika Hill can be seen in the distance. From the top of Hegyestű the Kab Hill to the north, the Tihany Peninsula to the east and the view to the south and to the west described above can be seen.
The Káli Basin can be discovered by bicycle or on foot also from here. Another exhibition site in Káli Basin, the Manor awaits the visitors. Guided tours can be arranged for groups to discover the natural and cultural heritage of the basin.
Dogs only on a lead please!
Please avoid listening to loud music!
Please avoid using drones!
The area of the Bakony–Balaton Geopark includes this exhibition site and its surrounding as well.