Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of Budapest (though tiny canyon is perhaps a more fitting name), the old stone quarry of Róka-hegy is not fulfilling its initial function anymore- the quarry, considered by some sources to have been active since Roman times, ceased operations in the 1950s. Today, one of its large stone walls is a beloved destination for climbers, and it has also become a spectacular, yet for the time being not overly popular, hiking route. Along it you will find stunning views of the city and the occasional stonier, steeper path, so make sure to come in sturdy shoes. As in every wilder area of Budapest, there is a slight chance of encountering pesky ticks, so it’s advisable to wear long-sleeved clothes, or, in the warmer seasons, to use an insect repellent.
Although at first glance Róka-hegy might seem very far from the city centre, it’s actually fairly simple to reach it, by taking HÉV line 5 (the Szentendre connection) and getting off at Csillaghegy station. From there, follow Ürömi út and then turn onto Rókahegyi út, where you will soon find a trail marked with a red triangle that leads through the most scenic parts of the old stone quarry.
A leisurely walk should last around one and a half hours, and there are several spots with tables and chairs suitable for picnics (bring your own food, there are no shops along the trail), and also a designated grilling area (make sure not to light fires anywhere else).