We are pleased to welcome you in the populous family of the CBT hikers. You are not alone on your walks, because this booklet is your faithful helpmate (from which this webpage was translated) with all the data and the maps within it. The blue trail markers on tree trunks, columns and buildings and the booklet will faithfully accompany you (or lead you) on your way from the peak of Írott-kő to the village of Hollóháza, along this 1100 km long trail.
When you reach your next stamping-place along your journey, please stop for a moment and think about the group of voluntary activists who made and who take care of the trail, the trail markers and the stampers.
This movement helps us to discover the nature, the manmade creations, the history and to meet the people of Hungary within the frames of hiking.
Everyone can walk along the Blue for her/his own pleasure. However the Badge of the Countrywide Blue Tour is a sign of a notable and remarkable achievement in sports, and it is officially granted and registered. In order to have one, the following official rules and regulations shall be kept precisely. In this way, you will be able to apply for the Badge when the whole route is accomplished.
We wish you a lot of everlasting memories, pleasant experiences, sunny weather, power and health for your successful accomplishment in the forthcoming years.
Hungarian Nature-Friends' Association
The Hiker Section of the Lokomotív Sport Club of Budapest announced the walk crossing the country on the "Blue" hiking path (or simply the "Blue") in 1952.
The Committee of the Hiker Section of the Railway Employee's Trade Union developed the movement on national level and published the first booklet with some details and sketches about the whole route within.
Later the organization and the control of the Countrywide Blue Tour was taken over by the Hungarian Nature-Friends' Association (because the huge number of hikers) in 1961, so the accomplishment become available through all the local Nature-Friends' Associations and individually also.
With the decision of the EWV (European Ramblers' Association) the Countrywide Blue Tour was integrated into the long distance trail network of the continent. So first the a Kőszeg-Budapest, than (since 1995) the Kőszeg-Sátoraljaújhely section of the Countrywide Blue Tour is part of the E4 long distance trail.
This booklet is a modernized and revised reprint of the previous edition of the "Itinerary and Confirmation Booklet of the Countrywide Blue Tour". The distance and elevation data is included with the permission of "turistautak.hu".
Acknowledgements: András Kolesár and Zoltán Tamás Petró!
Field-work: András Bozó, László Kammel and Vencel Pálmai
Editorial works: Vencel Pálmai
Magyar Természetbarát Szövetség (Hungarian Nature-Friends' Ass.)
1065 Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 31. II.3., Hungary
Mail: H-1396 Budapest, Pf. 483, Hungary
Tel.: (+36-1) 311-2467, (+36-1) 311-9289
Fax.: (+36-1) 353-1930
If there is a change in the route of the CBT during the accomplishment (and it is published in a new edition of the Personal Booklet), the hiker does not need to repeat the previously completed and validated sections on the new route, and stamp at the new checkpoints according to the new Booklet, because the earlier route was valid at the time of her/his walk. However it is not advised to start your next section on the old route, because it may cross private and prohibited areas, therefore there will not be any stamps at the old checkpoints.
You have to stamp only at particular places (village, railroad station, tourist hostel or forester's house, etc.), where the name of the checkpoint is prescribed in the corresponding box of your Personal Booklet. You do not need to stamp at those railroad stations or train stops, which are shown within brackets, only if they are the starting or ending points of your hike, because the distances between the route of the CBT and these buildings are bigger than 0.5 km. (However, much of the hikers use to stamp on those places, because there is a box for those in the Booklet - and so they have a "full" booklet at the and of their completion.)
If it is possible, you always have to use the official stamp of the HNFA or the circle stamp with a dater from the Hungarian State Railways Ltd (you can ask for it at the stations). If the stampers are lost or damaged, than any local stamp (from a company, an office, a shop, school, church, etc.) with the name of the settlement on it will be accepted. It is possible to ask for a dated stamp (cancellation stamp) at the Post Offices, but then the officer may ask you to buy one stamp into your Booklet.
There is a written agreement between the HNFA and the Hungarian State Railways Ltd and the pubs where official stempers are held, but please never ask for the stampers with a pretentious tone.
It is useful (and advised) to carry an ink pad with you along your hikes, because the inking of the official stampers can not be guaranteed.
There could be several cases, when buildings marked as tourist hostels ("turistaház" or "th." in Hungarian) in the Booklet are not hostels any more in reality, but they are restaurants, pensions or buildings under reconstruction. The reason for it is that these kinds of changes are very common, and there is no possibility to correct the Booklet immediately or permanently.
If unavoidable events (such as mining, forest works, a closed road, erosion by sudden rainfall, etc.) make impossible the accomplishment of the officially marked route, please immediately inform the Walking Committee of the Hungarian Nature-Friends' Association (by telling the exact place of it).
We also kindly ask you to tell us all your other problems in connection with the Tour. Feel free to write an e-mail to the Walking Committee of the HNFA about the possible shortcomings along the trail and your experiences about the route.
The elevation values are valid in the direction from Írott-kő to Hollóháza, with "+" numbers meaning the elevation gain in this direction, and the "-" numbers meaning the elevation loss. The time estimates were calculated assuming a normal walking speed of 4 km/h, and that every 10 m of elevation gain lengthens the time needed with 1 minute. But please keep in mind, that bad weather conditions (snow, ice, mist, fog, mud, wind, twilight, etc.), hard, steep terrain, heavy equipment and pack (food for several days, tent, etc.), children or beginners (or injured participants) can significantly lengthen your hiking time.
Below the Table of distances, elevation gains and estimated times, a separate table contains the same kind of data of the so called "by-pass roads" between the route of the CBT and some particular checkpoints and railway stations at the end or at the beginning of sections (if the distance is bigger than 0.2 km from the CBT).
1 km equals to 0.6214 mile and 1 m equals to 3.28 feet (for the "non SI people").
Everyone who has accomplished the CBT can buy a special "CBT Buttonhole-Badge" at the centre of HNFA, but only once!
Nowadays the whole route of the Countrywide Blue Tour is well covered with maps. There is also a very useful and informative CBT Atlas (in two volumes, with all the maps included), with detailed description of the route, the geography, the flora and fauna and also with the history of the regions. It is available only in Hungarian, but it is a "must have" if you would like to accomplish the route without buying more than twenty folded maps... So it is very practical. The Hungarian titles and the ISBN numbers are the following: Volume I. - Az Országos Kéktúra Írott-kőtől Budapest-Hűvösvölgyig (ISBN 963 352 535 7 CM) | Volume 2. - Az Országos Kéktúra Budapest-Hűvösvölgytől Hollóházáig (ISBN 963 352 536 5 CM).
You can buy these maps in map-shops and in all the larger bookstores. The table was updated in May, 2007. The maps with a number in the Publisher column are published by Cartographia Kft.
There is also a free and daily updated, very detailed map of Hungary (with hiking trails and elevation contours) for GPS devices, which you can download from turistautak.hu.
Beside the Blue Tour Badge of HNFA, there are three other badges that you can apply for after the accomplishment of specified sections of the Countrywide Blue Tour. These so called "Hikers' Movements for Badges" are organized by the Nature-Friends' Association of the County of Csongrád, the NFA of the County of Heves and by the NFA of the County of Veszprém. You can find their official regulations and some practical information in the paragraphs below (the Hungarian names are also shown in the titles).
Hikers' Movement for a Badge - The CBT from Dorog to Nográd - "A Dorogtól Nógrádig jelvényszerző túramozgalom": Terms and conditions: to be able to apply for the Badge of the Movement, the Hiker have to be a member of the HNFA and the Hiker have to accomplish the Countrywide Blue Tour's sections between Dorog and Nógrád (so she/he has to collect all the stamps at the checkpoints of these sections). Application procedure: the Hiker have to send a copy of the relevant pages (page 7 - personal information, and pages from 38 to 48 - the stamps from the checkpoints) from her/his Personal Booklet to the mail address of the County's NFA (Csongrád Megyei Természetbarát Szövetség - Tábor u. 7/b., Szeged, 6722, Hungary). They will send the Badge within 2 or 3 weeks, and ask the Hiker to pay the actual production cost and the postage of the Badge using a so called "pink cheque". For more information, please make a phone call to the NFA of the County of Nógrád. Please call them within office hours (4:30 PM - 6:30 PM on Wednesday) and use +36-62-548096.
Hikers' Movement for a Badge - The CBT Across the Mátra and the Bükk Mountains - "A Mátra-Bükk útjain jelvényszerző túramozgalom": Terms and conditions: to be able to apply for the Badge of the Movement, the Hiker have to accomplish the Countrywide Blue Tour's sections between Mátraverebély and Putnok (so she/he has to collect all the stamps at the checkpoints of these sections). The application procedure: the Hiker have to present personally the relevant pages (page 7 - personal information, and pages from 56 to 63 - the stamps from the checkpoints) of her/his Personal Booklet at the NFA of the County of Heves (Heves Megyei Természetbarát Szövetségnél - Dobó tér 6/a, Eger, 3300, Hungary). You can find the street number 6/a on the Eszperantó promenade between Dobó square and Lajos Kossuth street. There is a multi-storey building with an "APEH" inscription at the entrance. The NFA is on the 3rd floor, please ask for István Franczia. For more information, please call +36-36-312888 (within office hours - between 2 PM and 5 PM on Thursday). They will ask you to pay the production cost also. [Source of information: the editors of okt.rulz.hu]
Hikers' Movement for a Badge - The CBT in the County of Veszprém - "A Veszprém Megyei Kéktúra jelvényszerző túramozgalom": Terms and conditions: to be able to apply for the Badge of the Movement, the Hiker have to be a member of the HNFA and the Hiker have to accomplish the Countrywide Blue Tour's sections between Sümeg and Bodajk (so she/he has to collect all the stamps at the checkpoints of these sections). The application procedure: the Hiker have to send a copy of the relevant pages (page 7 - personal information, and pages from 18 to 31 - the stamps from the checkpoints) from her/his Personal Booklet to the mail address of the County's NFA (Veszprém Megyei Természetbarát Szövetség - Wartha Vince u. 3., Veszprém, 8201, Hungary). The NFA will send the Badge within 2 or 3 weeks, and ask the Hiker to pay the actual production cost and the postage of the Badge (they will send the "bill" also with the Badge). For more information, please phone Éva Mag (leader of the NFA of the County of Veszprém). There are two phone numbers: within office hours (after 2:30 PM on Tuesday) use +36-70-2525697, otherwise please call their central number: +36-88-426211.
This page is based on The Official Personal Booklet (edition 2007) and personal experiences.
Attention! This page is NOT an official translation (and there is no official translation at all)!