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Highest point
Elevation 1,014 m (3,327 ft) [1]
Prominence 774 m (2,539 ft) [1]
Listing Country high point
Coordinates 47°52′44″N 20°0′37″E / 47.87889°N 20.01028°E / 47.87889; 20.01028Coordinates: 47°52′44″N 20°0′37″E / 47.87889°N 20.01028°E / 47.87889; 20.01028
Translation Bluish (Hungarian)
Kékes is located in Hungary
Location Heves county, Hungary
Parent range Mátra, Western Carpathians

Kékes [ˈkeːkɛʃ] is Hungary's highest mountain, at 1,015 metres (3,330 ft) above sea level.[1] It lies 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) northeast of Gyöngyös,[2] in the Mátra range of Heves county. It is Hungary's third most popular tourist attraction, after Lake Balaton and the Danube, and has a number of hotels and skiing pistes. The Kékestető TV Tower stands at the summit.

The name Kékes is derived from the mountain's often bluish colour. In Hungarian, the word kék means 'blue', while kékes means implicitly 'bluish'.

Road cycling[edit]

For road bicycle racing enthusiasts, the mountain can be climbed by two main routes.

  • South from Gyöngyös: 839 m over 17.8 km. This is the most famous and difficult ascent.
  • North from Parád: 775 m over 16.9 km. About equal in difficulty as the Bédoin ascent, but better sheltered against the climb.

Tour de Hongrie stage finishes[edit]

Year Stage Start of stage Distance (km) Category Stage winner Yellow jersey
2016 4 Karcag 144 1  Chris Butler (USA)  Mihkel Räim (EST)
2015 4 Karcag 146 1  Andi Bajc (SLO)  Tom Thill (LUX)
2005 6 Mátraháza 3.4 (ITT) -  Tamás Lengyel (HUN)  Tamás Lengyel (HUN)
2005 5 Mezőkövesd 93 1  Glen Chadwick (NZL)  Tamás Lengyel (HUN)
2004 5 Mezőkövesd 148 1  Anatolij Varvaruk (UKR)  Zoltán Remák (SVK)
2003 5 Mátraháza 3.4 (ITT) -  Tamás Lengyel (HUN)  Zoltán Remák (SVK)
2003 4 Miskolc 127.3 1  Matija Kvasina (CRO)  Zoltán Remák (SVK)
2001 3 Tiszaújváros 174 1  Mikoš Rnjaković (SCG)  Mikoš Rnjaković (SCG)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Kékes". Peakbagger.com.
  2. ^ G. Z. Földvary (1988). Geology of the Carpathian Region. World Scientific. ISBN 978-9971-5-0345-1.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Kékes at Wikimedia Commons