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Zala industrial history trip

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Teljes táv: 4,4 km
Össz. emelkedő:  140 m
Össz. lejtő: -110 m
Magasság max.: 273 m
Magasság min.: 196 m

Route: Kistolmács forest railway station - by train to Bázakerettye (to the lower) railway station -follow the blue sign to the west and north – next follow the blue sign simultaneously with the blue + and after 1.3 km follow only in the blue + in southwest direction - oil monument (blue + and red lane - Budafa 2, well run - Lispe-Kiscsehi branch of the Hungarian Oil Industry Museum outbound exhibition on blue + route only - back Off direction - unmarked dirt road south to red mark - red bend back east - Upper station at Bázakerettye - Alternative option red sign up to the beach

Type of the tour: Walking hiking trip to Csömödér State Forest Railway in the cradle of the oil industry, in Bázakerettye
Length of the tour: 5.4 km

The pedestrian tour is approximately 1-1.5 hours long, which is connected to the train, can be organized as a family supplement program, but it is also suitable for school class excursions.


Kistolmács (Starting point from railway)

The small railway network of Csömödér State Forest Railway is the largest in Hungary, with a total length of more than 100 kilometres. Nowadays, the forest railway runs on a regular basis from May to September, but on request, they also provide special trains at different times. The journey from Kistolmács to Bázakerettye to the bottom is approx. 20-25 minutes.

Bázakerettye lower station

We land on the second base station of the railway. In the case of an organized tour, we will be our guide from the station. We start on the blue sign in the north direction, then turn on the blue + sign southwest. The road goes uphill on a low traffic traverse.

Hungarian Oil Industry Museum, Ernő Buda Memorial Statue

During our tour we see a working pumpkin (deep pump) and we can stop at the memorial site near Budafa 2nd as well. The museum is located in the branch of the Budafa II oil collection station (located by the Hungarian Oil Industry Museum in Zalaegerszeg) in the branch of the Lispe-Kiscsehi. In the storages, the original documents show the life of oil miners.

We will turn back from the museum, and after approx. 600 m from the crossing in an unmarked dirt road turn south until the red mark is reached. From here, we follow the sign of the pier in an eastern direction on a forested area. When we reach the blue sign, we turn north and soon arrive at the settlement.