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Hungary’s Highest Lookout Tower Reopens To Tourists After Years Of Closure

Ferenc Sullivan 2016.06.01.

Hungary’s highest lookout tower in the Bükk Hills in the northeast of the country could again become a favourite spot for tourists after undergoing renovation.


The observation tower, named after the famous nineteenth-century Hungarian poet Sándor Petőfi, has been renovated by cellphone network provider Vodafone Hungary in cooperation with the Heves county disaster relief directorate after being closed for several years due to the disrepair of the structure.


The beauty spot, on the 956-metre Bálványos, the second-highest peak of the mountain range, can be approached from the village of Bánkút, a major Hungarian ski resort. In clear weather, the 18-metre structure offers stunning views of the High Tatras in Slovakia to the north and Kékestető and Galyatető, the country’s two highest points in the Mátra Hills, to the west.

The observation tower was built in 1948 and underwent complete renovation in 2002 but visitors had been denied access to it since 2013 due to the danger of accidents.