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The viewing tower on the Geschriebenstein located on the border
Highest point
Elevation 884 m (AA) (2,900 ft)
Prominence 414 m ↓ southeastern Unterkohlstätten
Isolation 22.2 km → Hutwisch
Coordinates 47°21′10″N 16°26′02″E / 47.35278°N 16.43389°E / 47.35278; 16.43389Coordinates: 47°21′10″N 16°26′02″E / 47.35278°N 16.43389°E / 47.35278; 16.43389
Geschriebenstein is located in Austria
Parent range Güns or Koszegy Mountains, Prealps East of the Mur
Type of rock phyllite

The Geschriebenstein (German pronunciation: [ ɡəˈʃʀiːbn̩ˌʃtaɪ̯n]), less commonly called the Írott-kő ([iːrot.tkøː]) in English sources, is a mountain, 884 metres high,[1] located on the border between Austria and Hungary. It is the highest mountain of the Kőszeg Mountains, the highest point in western Hungary (Transdanubia) and highest point in Burgenland.[1] Its height is 884 m according to Austrian sources, whereas Hungarian references mostly mention 883 m. The highest point on the Burgenland side of the border is 879 m (AA).

Its former Hungarian names were Fenyőhegy and Szálkő. Its present name (Írottkő in Hungarian, Geschriebenstein in English and German) can be translated as written stone and is assumably derived from border stones with inscriptions between the properties of the Batthyány and Esterházy families. On the summit, there is an observation tower built in 1913. This stands exactly on the border between Austria and Hungary.

Since December 2007 the Austrian–Hungarian border can be crossed without formalities, because Hungary has joined the Schengen Agreement.

The closest towns on the Austrian side are Rechnitz and Lockenhaus. On the Hungarian side the closest municipality is Velem and the closest town is Kőszeg.

The boundary stone within the lookout tower. Its left side is in Austria (denoted by the Ö for Österreich), its right side is in Hungary (denoted by an M for Magyarország, not visible)


  1. ^ a b Geschriebenstein, Austria/Hungary at Retrieved 6 Jun 2017.

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