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Kamaraerdő nature trail

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Teljes táv: 4,1 km
Össz. emelkedő:  150 m
Össz. lejtő: -150 m
Magasság max.: 212 m
Magasság min.: 129 m

Kamaraerdő is the largest contiguous forest of New Buda covering nearly 200 hectares, making it one of the most popular day trip destination in the capital. The area favored by picnickers, families, joggers, Nordic walkers or bikers as well, and the various trails provide plenty of options for all of them.

The forest borders the grassy and shrubby Tétényi plateau to the south, District 22 to the south east and Kamaraerdő of Budaörs to the north.

Each trail leads to Nagyrét (Large Field) located centrally. This is where we can find picnic spots also and it easily accessible due to its close proximity to the car park and stops of public transport.

This is Station 6 of Nature Trail of Kamaraerdő with an interactive playground including a wooden xylophone and an unusual hopscotch to challenge native animals.

The trail of 12 stations introduces local wildlife and geological features through interactive boards. Just follow the “T” sign starting from the car park in Susulyka Street.

The first part focuses on the landscape and geographical characteristics while the second describes wildlife.

The highest point of Kamaraerdő is Vadász-hegy (Hunters’ Hill, 224 m, Station 5) with a neglected military watchtower and a former military radar station. The local government is planning to remodel the watchtower and transform the radar station into a visitor center in the near future.

At the terminus of tram 41, next to Kamaraerdő lies the Kamaraerdő Youth Park functioning as a summer camp location as well as a theatre and concert venue. Also the first curling rink of the country was built here.

The origin of Kamaraerdő dates back to the 13th century when after the Tatar invasion Béla IV donated the area to German immigrants to populate abandoned lands. The new settlement here was called “Kána” inhabited until the 15th century. The forest was named Kanaer Wald (Kána Woods) by new Swabian inhabitants in the 18th century. The current name used since 1847 may partly come from the distorted old name and the fact that the forest used to be possessed by the royal chamber (“Kammerwald”, Kammer in German, Kamara in Hungarian). Fortunately, the forest could be preserved in spite of allotment later.

Provided the ideal habitat the forest mainly consists of Turkey oaks and sessile oaks. However, ash trees, field maples, wild service trees and elms also live here. Shrub layer features hawthorn, privet, wayfarer, Cornelian cherry, spindle and blackthorn shrubs.

Typical birds of the area include the common buzzards, black woodpeckers, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpeckers, crows, jays, hawfinches, wood nuthatches, greenfinches, chaffinches, various tits, robins, nightingales, starlings and blackbirds.

Games are represented by roe deers, but the forest provides a habitat for badgers, foxes, hedgehogs, moles and various rodents, too. Although they try to stay hidden their footprints show their presence. Information signs help to identify them involving us in a wildlife “investigation”.

Recommended tours

A trip into an urban forest - Kamaraerdő A popular picnic spot that is well worth a whole day visit. Especially, if you walk along the educational trail and allow for a picnic. Now we recommend a special route together with a visit to the Memento Park.