#1 - Hike up to the St. István lookout point (location)
If you’re in good physical shape, take the scenic walking trail to the hilltop where an oversized wooden cross and a captivating statue commemorate Hungary’s first king (the uphill climb takes about twenty minutes from the St. Margit chapel). Up here, there’s also an eye candy for fans of modernist architecture: a 1931 community center made from basalt tuff mined from the hill.
#2 - Hike up to the Somló Castle (location)
If you continue from the St. István lookout point, above, for another fifteen minutes through dense forest, you’ll reach the enormous remains of the medieval Somló castle. Badly damaged during clashes with the Ottoman army in the 16th century, it has for long been in a state of neglect, especially as locals hauled away its stones over the centuries. The views from here are hard to beat.
#3 - Visit the former Erdődy Estate in Doba (location; open every day between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.)
This neoclassical estate in the village of Doba, less than ten minutes from the hill by car, once belonged to the Erdődy family, one of the wealthy feudal landlords of Somló before 1945 (the Somló Castle was also theirs). Especially impressive is the 90-hectare English-style garden surrounding the estate and dotted with four small lakes. The building is currently undergoing renovation but the immense park is open for all to see and stroll around in.
#4 - Visit the chapels on the Somló hillside (locations)
There are three adorable medieval chapels scattered across Somló Hill. Apart from their religious functions, they each have served as points of navigation in the past and locals still celebrate the chapels’ patron saints every year. While most central is the chapel of St. Margit, the other two — St. Márton and St. Ilona — are also awe-inspiring in all of their remoteness.