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Hiking in the GreenwaysWalking Amber Trail:
Budapest - Cracow

This rewarding route leads through three countries - Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland in the steps of the historic amber trade route. Our journey starts on the Danube River in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, the "Paris of the East". The hike itself begins in the nearby village of Szentendre about 10 km north of Budapest. Szentendre is a picturesque little town full of cafes, restaurants, galleries, churches, museums, little shops, and street artists. It is the gateway to an especially panoramic part of Hungary called the Danube Bend, where the river winds between high hills to Visegrad (and a castle with a beautiful view), and the historic town of Ezstergom, for centuries the seat of the Hungarian bishops, with its magnificent cathedral.

In crossing the Danube we reach Slovakia, the longest and most scenically attractive part of the journey. The first footpath here leads from the Slovak side of the Danube into the Kováčovský Hills and onward to Banská Štiavnica, a medieval mining town, selected for the UNESCO World Heritage List for its unique history. For those who wish to rest and regenerate their strength, the spa in Sklené Teplice offers swimming in thermal caves.

The trail leads through the unspoiled countryside of the mountains in Slovakia and the typical highland villages, over the High Fatra, Low Tatras, and Western Tatra range, where the effort expended in conquering the difficult route is more than compensated for by the panoramic views of the highest mountains in Slovakia. The little mountain villages might be lost in time; the hospitality of the local people, herds of sheep and traditional crafts, all this is part of the unforgettable experience of this trail, so far relatively undiscovered by outsiders. Dwellings cut into the stone cliff, or the unique wooden mill in the Kvačanská Valley become an unforgettable experience. History lovers will not fail to notice the castles and castle ruins along the way, for example, majestic Oravský Castle is breathtaking even for the experienced traveler. Many villages such as Vlkolinec (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) consist largely of the old-fashioned traditional wooden cottages.

And the most important thing - hikers along the Slovak section of the route will truly appreciate the system of marked trails and the maintenance of the trail itself, placing it among the best such trail systems in the world.

On the Polish segment of the Amber Trail, one of the best parts is a tour of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska (UNESCO World Heritage Site), with 32 chapels and churches on a famous Stations of the Cross. Only 8 miles from Cracow is a hiking tour of the highest caliber - Wieliczka, salt mines run since medieval times to this day. The high point of the Polish side is Cracow itself, a wonderful historic, lively, pulsing town, a town known among other things for the amber market at the Sukienice (Cloth Hall), reaffirming the meaning and existence of the Amber Trail as a link between North and South, a trade route that offers such riches as to become a destination in itself.

 

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