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INFORMATION and TIPS for pilgrims in HUNGARY
The route after the Austrian border of Halbturn (Varbalog in Hungary) till Budapest often leads in the area of the Way of St. James, so there are hostels and other sleeping facilities for pilgrims to Budapest.
For the further route from Budapest in the direction of BORDER CROATIA / SERBIA we have a cooperation with the HUNGARIAN PILGRIM WAY Magyar Zarándokút (MZ). It was agreed that pilgrims can sleep for a special price in their hostels with the Jerusalem Way credential. Hostels are along the entire route down the Danube from Budapest to the city of Baja. From Baja it is only a day's walk to the Hungarian border town of Mohács, the border triangle to Croatia and Serbia! And for pilgrims which are not coming from direction Vienna, but for example from Poland, the Czech Republic or Slovakia, there are also MZ albergues from Esztergom (Gran) till Budapest!
INFO: In the winter months in Hungary the hostels are usually closed! Here you will find in German language a short overview of the accommodations. Here in Hungarian language all accommodations: www.magyarzarandokut.hu/szallasok
Our Hungarian partner would like that every pilgrim have beside Jerusalem Way credential also their Hungarian MZ pilgrim pass as well, this is symbolic and every issued passport is important for their organization. The special price for Jerusalem pilgrims is only 500 HUF = about 1.50 Euro! The pass also provides a good souvenir and reminder of the way through Hungary.
In the small villages it is good to send a text message to the hostel the day before arrival as they are sometimes closed, not at home or the person in charge must open the house and therefore have to know when the pilgrim comes. Sometimes you do not speak English in small places, so it's good to know a few words in Hungarian:
Where is the Albergue? = Hol van a zarandoksalasch?
I am a pilgrim = Zarandok vagyok
Where am I now? = Hollow vagyok moscht?
I need help! = Schegitscheget kerek!
Here is the Hungarian MZ Pilgrim Pass / Credential available:
Szent Adalbert Központ
Esztergom, Szent István tér 10.
Varga Orsolya: +36 33/541-972
Gellért-hegyi Sziklatemplom Pálos Fogadóközpont
Budapest XI. kerület, Szent Gellért tér
Hegyvidéki Zarándokpont (Kulturális Szalonban)
1126 Budapest, Böszörményi út 34/a.
"Ráckeve Érték" Egyesület
Ráckeve, Kossuth Lajos u. 12.
Dr. Szánthó Györgyné: +36 30/354-1612, +36 24/424-855
Baja, Szentháromság tér 11.
Tel: +36 79/420-792