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Development of nature trail in Esztergom, Strázsa-hegy

Megújult Strázsa-hegyi tanösvény (F: Szontaghné Mosoni Dóra)

The nature trail of the Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate in Esztergom, Kis-Strázsa is a very popular excursion destination. Since 2002, the 1.2 km long trail can be freely visited. The round trip starts at the “Kökörcsin-House”, it takes you up on the north side of the hill to the tower and it returns to house on the south side of the hill. The lookout tower offers you a panoramic view, from which even the peaks of the Tatra Mountains can be seen in clear weather.

During the developments the stairs were renewed, widened and replaced. New barriers were placed to protect the natural values of the hill. Trash cans were intentionally not placed as we want to encourage hikers to bring the garbage back with them.

With the help of the new information tables and the free Duna-Ipoly mobile application, visitors can discover the natural values ​​of the trail on they own. Through guided tours (should be arranged) the natural values can be observed more in depth. The lookout tower can only be visited on guided tours. Contact:

Volunteers also participated in the work; we would like thank the help of New Acropolis Association in demolishing the old stairs and barriers!

The construction work was financed by the European Union. Two projects of the 30-year old LIFE program of the EU supported and coordinated the work: the LIFE4OakForests (LIFE16-NAT/ IT/000245) and the LIFE IP GRASSLAND-HU (LIFE17 IP/HU/000018) projects.


Conservation managements

In the area mosaics of forests, grasslands, scrubs and wetlands can be found. Due to the military activities in the past landscape rehabilitation and removal of contaminants was performed. In addition, nature conservation managements are ongoing; suppression of invasive  plants (ailanthus, common hackberry, acacia) and planting native seedlings (oaks, poplars, wild fruits).

The area is grazed with about 400 cikta and tsigai sheep (a breed of domestic sheep of Hungary), which helps maintain natural grasslands by chewing and trampling.

Grasslands have a beneficial effect on the body of grazing animals through the consumption of herbs with medical effect. Such a diverse landscape provides a wide variety of habitats, which is why a wide diversity of animal and plant species feel comfortable here.


Dóra Sz. Mosoni, Peter Koncz

Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate

Kökörcsin House

The Kökörcsin House forest school is located next to Strázsa-hegy, which is a unique habitat for many rare and protected species. Take a guided tour to the look-out tower at the top of the hill.


Conservation of endemic species and dry grassland habitats in the contact zone of Pannonian and Alpine bioregions

In progress

The project is aimed at the conservation of 6 plant species, 5 of them endemics. Besides this, 5 insect species and 3 dry grassland habitats are targeted by the project. Most of the species have a significantly decreasing population trend and urgent action is needed to halt it.

The project area includes 7 NATURA 2000 sites in Hungary and 17 in Slovakia, located in a contact zone of Alpine and Pannonian bioregions.


Conservation management tools for increasing structural and compositional biodiversity in NATURA2000 oak forests

In progress

The goal of the project is to develop and apply conservation management tools for increasing structural and compositional biodiversity in NATURA2000 oak forests.

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