Pilis Mountains

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Location of Pilis Mountains within physical subdivisions of Hungary
Pilis Mountains as seen from Dorog

Pilis Mountains is a mountainous region in the Transdanubian Mountains.[1] Its highest peak is the Pilis with 756 meters (2,480 ft). It is a popular vacation destination in Hungary.[2][3]

Origin of the name[edit]

The origin of the name is disputed, it may come from the Slavic word pleš meaning bald.[4][5]

History of the region[edit]

The region used to be a hunting ground for Hungarian kings. Numerous hunting lodges have survived. One of the most frequented areas was around the village Pilisszentkereszt.

Notable locations[edit]

From Pilisszentkereszt, a road leads to Dobogókő (699 m above sea level), a hiking and ski resort area with a panoramic view on the Danube Bend.

In the Pilis Mountains, three mountains' locations are similar to the arrangement of the three stars of Orion's belt. These are as follows: the Árpádvár, the Ram hill, and the High (Mage) mountain. Other notable places include:

  • One of the caves is called Heart Hungarian: Szív. In 2013 it was under exploration.

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Bakony Mountains". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  2. ^ "Hungary - Sports and recreation". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  3. ^ "Hungarian Rhapsody". Forbes. 2005-08-26. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  4. ^ Stanislav, Ján (2004). Slovenský juh v stredoveku II (in Slovak). Slovenské literárne centrum. p. 353. ISBN 80-88878-89-6.
  5. ^ Kiss, Lajos (1978). Földrajzi nevek etimológiai szótára (in Hungarian). Budapest: Akadémiai. p. 513.

Coordinates: 47°43′55″N 18°55′07″E / 47.7319°N 18.9185°E / 47.7319; 18.9185