Some really unique fauna
and wildlife, sorry don't know the
exact English for the bird or the frog
in the picture.
The Duna Ipoly Nemzeti Park
or Danube Ipoly National Park in English
is just a hike away from Nagymaros.
You probably won't meet any other tourists,
only Hungarian hikers tops.
Some really smashing views and great
place that tourists never visit.
Take a pleasant stroll (weather permitting) from by the chain ferry terminal back in the direction of Budapest (South) and walk along the shores of the River Danube with the
Visagrad Castle on the other side of the river up on the hill. Great for chilling and soaking up the atmosphere. Pass by the Fekete Sas Resteraunt/hotel, they have seats outside with a great view. There are some public loos(WC) if you need. Also a small bufe where you can grab a snack or have a beer.
Pest County is located on the heart of the contry around Budapest capital. . The territory is 6.394 km2. The county (without Budapest Capital) has got 950,000 inhabitants, nearly all of them Hungarian. In the county there are: 27 towns, 36 "large villages" and 121 villages. Ten of the Official EthnicMinorities of Hungary has got ethnic councils in the county. They are: Bulgarian (in 3 settlements), Gipsy (in 45 settlements), Greek (in 1 settlement), Croatian (in 3 settlements), Polish (in 1 settlement), German (in 32 settlements), Armenian (in 2 settlements), Ruthenian (in 1 settlement), Serbian (in 9 settlement) and Slovakian (in 12 settlements).
The territory of the county is inhabited from the Stone Age were later explored by archeologist. The territory has rich collections of the objects made by Scythians, Celts, Romans, Sarmatians, Huns, Lombards and other German tribes.
During the reign of King Saint Stephen were formed two counties of Pest and Pilis, later unifieed and destined to become the political, cultural and economical centre of the country. After the Mongol invasion of 1241, Visegra'd, later Buda was became the capital of Hungary. The local government of the county was established in the late 13th c., and it has more or less continuous ever since, apart form certain gaps explained by the vicissitudes of Hungarian history. After 1541 the whole county was occupied by the Turks. 74 out of its 214 prosperoues communities became totally depopulated. The territory was liberated in 1686. The Pest-Pilis County was united with Solt County (part of Feje'r County in the left bank of the Danube). In the 18th century Pest County found itself again, with economy and the number of inhabitants on the increase. It was during this period when ancestors of the minorities living here made the county their home. Free Royal City of Pest, Free Royal City of Buda, Town of O'buda and the Margaret Island were unified in 1872 under the name of Budapest - with Town of O'buda and Margaret Island .
The town of Nagymaros is about 55 kms from Budapest and takes between 45 to 67 minutes by train. Allow a good 2 or 3 hours for exploring the town and surrounding hills.
Trains leave every hour from Nyugati Station in Budapest, one of the best
panoramic train rides in Hungary with spectacular views of the Danube.
I attached a timetable of trains from Nagymaros weekdays and weekends. In the Summer
months there is a steam train (Nostalgia Vonat) running every other weekend to Nagymaros just after 9 and returning around 5pm, check though for specific times.Alternately you can take a bus to Visegrad and then cross over by the chain ferry to Nagymaros and return by train.