Dobogókő is a holiday village 25 km from Budapest to North-West. The name comes from Visegrádi Mountain’s and Danube-bend’s highest point, Dobogó-kő, at 699 m. The settlement belongs to the village of Pilisszentkereszt, and has 133 inhabitants.
Modern history of Dobogókő:
- 1898 – the first official tourist shelter of the country was built here
- 1906 – the shelter was replaced with a stone building. The old wooden building still functions as a tourist museum.
- 1923 – the first ski slope of post-World War I Hungary was opened in Dobogókő
- 1978 – a cable-car was built on the ski slopes, which is still in operation
- 1980 – Zsindelyes Inn, designed by Imre Makovecz (a famous Hungarian organic building architect) was built
- 2003-2006 – thanks to „Dobogókőért” Foundation, several developments started here (cleaning the stones from ski slopes, renovating ski-lift, purchasing ratrak and setting up webcamera)
If the plans of Dobogókőért Foundation (ski center development, panoramic viewpoint, adventure forest and forest playground) are implemented, this decade can bring further great developments, too.
Dobogókő is a climatic health place, hiking and ski resort, with one of the most beautiful panorama in Hungary.
- the romantic wilderness of Rám-szakadék (Rám Canyon)
- Thirring-szikla (Thirring Rock, Turul Roundroute)
- Ferenczy-szikla (Ferenczy Rock, which is believed to be the Heart Chakra of Earth)
- Zsivány-szikla (Rogue Rock)
- Vadálló-kövek (Game Watch Boulders)
- Prédikálószék (Preacher’s Stool) with its gorgeous view
- Pilis-tető (Pilis Summit), the second highest point of Transdanubia
- Canyon of Pilisszentkereszt