Hortobágy National Park Directorate
Hortobágy Great Fishponds Nature Trail

Hortobágy Great Fishponds Nature Trail

 

 

Location and accessibility:

By car: turn to north on main road 33 at 67 kilometer mark. There is a side road towards Halastó, approximately 2 kilometres to the narrow gauge railway station where the nature trail begins.

By train: via the Debrecen-Füzesabony line at station Hortobágy-Halastó. The narrow gauge railway station is approximately 100 metres to the west from the station.

 

The nature trail begins at the starting station of the narrow gauge railway, and the stands are on the right and left side of the main dyke.

The short trip is 3.6 km from the starting point to station Konrad Lorenz (and back)
The medium trip is 5.4 km from the starting point to the Pygmy cormorant watching tower (and back)
The full trip is 10 km from the starting point to station Festetics Antal (and back)
There are no difficult parts, anyone can walk along conveniently.

 

The complete area of Hortobágy Great Fishponds has belonged to the territory of Hortobágy National Park since its foundation in 1973. Furthermore, the pond system is listed in several international conventions: it is a Ramsar site (a wetland of international importance), an Important Bird Area, part of the World Heritage Site and a Natura 2000 area (a natural reserve of European importance).

A hide on the boardwalk at Kondás pond

 

Walking along the fishponds, nature trail visitors can discover the flora and the birdlife of fishponds and open marshlands of the Hortobágy. Considering that this area is one of the most important waterfowl habitat  in the Hortobágy and in Central Europe, visitors can have a thourough impression about breeding and migrating waterbirds of the Charpathian Basin, including several endangered species. Beside broadening theirknowledge on bird species, visitors can also gain insight into the fish farming activities and methods of conservation habitat management.

 

Rules and useful advice for visiting the nature trails:

  • Visiting Rules apply to all areas maintained by the Hortobágy National Park Directorate.
  • The nature trail can be visited in possession of a valid entrance card, which costs 600 HUF for adults and 400 HUF for children. The entrance card is available at the Hortobágy National Park Visitor Centre, in the Nyugati Fogadóház and also at the starting point of the narrow gauge railway at the Great Fishponds. A reduced fee for groups can be requested.
  • The nature trail can be visited on foot or by bicycle.
  • You can visit the trail on your own, but professional guidance can also be requested at the Hortobágy National Park Directorate (Department of Training and Tourism, phone: +36 52 589 000, +36 52 589 321, e-mail: info@hnp.hu).
  • If you choose to take the tour on your own, it is useful to download the relevant e-book (see below). The maps and GPS coordinates in the e-book and the stands on the way help the orientation.
  • Please dress according to the weather conditions. In the summer, temperatures can reach 40°C (104 °F), therefore please take enough drinking water with you.
  • Toilets are not available along the trail, only at the starting point.
  • Please keep quiet, don’t disturb the natural tranquility of the area. Please don’t collect anything on the trail. Please take your litter back to the trash cans at the starting point.

 

Stands and information boards:

1. Fishing Tools – N47,605180 E21,069737
2. Hortobágy Bird Migration Centre and Ringing Station – N47,6081 51 E21,071181
3. Water Buffalos’ Pond – N47,61 3555 E21,073437
4. Penduline Tit Tower – N47,613495 E21,072104
5. Floating Heart (Nymphoides) Tower – N47,621074 E21,075655
6. Pygmy Cormorant Tower – N47,628747 E21,078825
7. Whiskered Tern Tower – N47,638144 E21,084284
8. Kondás Big Tower – N47,647714 E21,088022
9. Grass Snake Tower – N47,605533 E21,084464
10. Pond Terrapin Tower – N47,617772 E21,089448
11. Otter Tower – N47,624200 E21,099425
12. Willow Tower – N47,633977 E21,093508
13. Kondás Small Tower – N47,648915 E21,084207
14. White Tailed Eagle Tower – N47,638839 E21,100446

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