THE BADGES OF THE NATIONAL BLUE TRAIL

The walk along the National Blue Trail is a so-called badge collecting movement. If somebody has decided to hike along the Blue Trail and he collects the stamps of the checkpoints in his/her personal completion booklet, that person will obtain different badges for the partly or the whole completion of the Trail. These badges are the appreciations for the done kilometres. But these appreciations are totally different from the medals of competitions, because everybody can obtain them, not only the fastest or strongest people. This is independent of the age, sex, nationality and other circumstances.

Every badge, what you see on this page, are our property, we (my son and I) obtained them as acknowledgement for the completion of the sections or the whole route of the National Blue Trail. We have got them from the Hungarian Rambler's Association or from the local associations. This collection is unique among the hikers and we have never seen on other place or at other people this full collection! If you click onto the small photos of the badges, you will see them in bigger size!


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The front side of the National Blue Trail badge number 4097

That hiker can obtain this badge, who certify with his/her personal completion booklet the finishing of the whole route of the National Blue Trail. This distance is 1128,2 kilometres according to the latest survey happened in 2009. The members of the Hungarian Ramblers' Association get this badge free of charge, other people have to pay the cost of the badge.
It shows a winding path leading towards mountains with a marked column beside it. The description is: “ORSZÁGOS KÉK-TÚRA M.T.SZ.”.
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The backside of the National Blue Trail badge with the number

You can see, that the number of the completion is engraved on the backside of the badge. The Hungarian Ramblers' Association keeps a record of the people finishing the National Blue Trail, and my number of registration is 4097. My son Gábor has the badge number 4096. Many people completed the Trail twice or more, in that case they get further badges with other numbers.

I would call your attention to a website. The Hungarian Ramblers' Association refers to the personal rights and doesn't make the registration public, but there is a website, where people can record themselves and make their completion public. The address of the site is http://www.turatop.hu
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The National Blue Trail buttonhole badge (smaller version)

Everybody, who completed the National Blue Trail, can buy a buttonhole badge in the centre office of the Hungarian Ramblers' Association, but only once, independently of the number of completions. Its shape is very similar to its “bigger brother”, but it is much smaller. Its price was 400 HUF in 2006.
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The region badges of the National Blue Trail

Certain hikers' associations of different counties founded movements along the National Blue Trail. There are three sections, which have own rewards. These are the following:

The badge of the movement named “From Dorog until Nógrád”

This movement was founded by the Csongrád Megyei Természetbarát Szövetség (Rambler's Association of Csongrád County) for the organised hikers! Only those hikers can get this badges, who were members of hikers organisations in Hungary in the time of the completion. This is a little bit strange thing, because generally the membership isn't a criterion at the prize of other movements! But the membership is about 3000-5000 HUF for a year, it couln't be a big obstacle!

The hikers have to complete the distance between Dorog town and Nógrád village on the route of the National Blue Trail (138,8 km) and have to collect the stamps of this section in their personal completion booklet. Hikers can take over the badge in the office of the association in Szeged town. Everybody has to pay the cost of the badge.
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The badge of the movement named “On the Trails of Mátra and Bükk” (Mátra-Bükk útjain)

This movement was founded and started by Heves Megyei Természetbarát Szövetség (Ramblers' Association of Heves County). Everybody can get the acknowledgement for the completion of this movement, the membership isn't necessary in any hikers organisation!

The hikers have to complete the distance between Mátraverebély village and Putnok town on the route of the National Blue Trail through the Mátra and Bükk Mountain (126,4 km) and have to collect the stamps of this section in their personal completion booklet. Hikers can take over the badge in the office of the association in Eger town. Hikers have to pay the cost of the badge.

You can see the crest of Heves County on the badge: a stork with a snake in his beak keeps grapes with his leg standing on the grassy plain. The old, former name of the movement is readable on the rim of the badge: “BÜKK MÁTRA ÚTJAIN 1963.”
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The badge of the movement named “Blue Trail of Veszprém County”

This movement was founded and started by Veszprém Megyei Természetbarát Szövetség (Ramblers' Association of Veszprém County). Everybody can get the acknowledgement for the completion of this movement, it isn't necessary the membership in any hikers organisation!

The hikers have to complete the distance between Sümeg town and Bodajk village on the route of the National Blue Trail through the Balaton-felvidék Region and the Bakony Mountains (256,9 km) and have to collect the stamps of this section in their personal completion booklet. Hikers can take over the badge in the office of the association in Veszprém town. Hikers have to pay the cost of the badge.

You can see the Balaton Lake with the Bakony Mountains in the background of the badge. A signpost stands in the foreground with the blue strip sign of the National Blue Trail. The name of the movement readable on the lower part of the badge: “VESZPRÉM MEGYEI KÉK-TÚRA SÜMEG - BODAJK”
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The badges of the Children's Blue Trail

The Hungarian Ramblers' Association announced the Children's Blue Trail movement to incite the hiking among the children. It is a unique thing among the badge collecting movements in Hungary, because at other movements the partial completion of the route by children is not remunerated.

If a child under age 14 completes 300 kilometres on the route of the National Blue Trail, and he/she can certify this thing with the collected stamps in his/her personal completion booklet, in that case he/she will obtain the badge of the Children's Blue Trail. This distance may contain more, separated sections, the important is only the sum of the done kilometres. It is true at every following badge, as well.

And now let's see the badges:

The badge of the Children's Blue Trail

The young hiker can obtain this badge, if he/she can complete 300 km on the route of the National Blue Trail, and he/she can verify this thing with the stamps in his/her personal completion booklet. The completed distance can be the sum of two or more separated sections, as well. The completed distance for the Children's Blue Trail badge is included in the completed distance for the “big” Blue Trail's badge.

The colours and shape of the Children's Blue Trail badge are similar to the “big” Blue Trail's badge.
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The whole route of the National Blue Trail is divided onto nine bigger sections and every section has an own badge. If a child completes 50 km distance in a section, and he/she can certify this thing with the collected stamp in his/her personal completion booklet, he/she will obtain the badge of the apprpriate section. You can find further information in the Announcement chapter.

The section badge of the Children's Blue Trail in Kőszeg Mountain and Kemeneshát Region

The young hiker will obtain this badge, if he/she completes minimum 50 km in the Kőszeg Mountain and Kemeneshát Region between Írottkő Mountain and Sümeg town. The hiker has to certify this thing with the stamps of his/her personal completion booklet.

You can see details from the 700 years old Kőszeg town on the badge. It is very interesting thing, that the text on the left side of the badge is “Úttörő Kéktúra”. It refers to the former name of this movement before the regime change. “Úttörő Kéktúra” means “Pioneer's Blue Trail”, and it was connected to the pioneer movement of the elementary schools. It think, a bigger store left from this type of badges at the Nature Ramblers' Assocation. You will meet with this name on other badges, as well. My son has got it in 2004.
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The section badge of the Children's Blue Trail in Balaton-felvidék Region

The young hiker will obtain this badge, if he/she completes minimum 50 km in the Balaton-felvidék Region between Sümeg town and Nagyvázsony village. The hiker has to certify this thing with the stamps of his/her personal completion booklet.

You can see on the left side of the badge the tower of Castle of Nagyvázsony, the Kab-hegy stands behind it (but that mountain already the part of the Bakony Mountains). A sailing boat is in front of the castle, it refers to the Balaton Lake.
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The section badge of the Children's Blue Trail in Bakony Mountains

The young hiker will obtain this badge, if he/she completes minimum 50 km in the Bakony Mountains between Nagyvázsony village and Bodajk village. The hiker has to certify this thing with the stamps of his/her personal completion booklet.

This badge is already the new design of the section badges of Blue Trail. You can see a “betyár” in the foreground. The “betyárs” were special outlaws in Hungary in the 19th century. They escaped into the big forest of the mountains from the long military life in the armee of the Austrian Emperor, or committed smaller crimes. People weren't afraid of them, because they didn't stole from the poors, but from the wealthy men and distributed the big part of the plunder among the needy people.
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The section badge of the Children's Blue Trail in Vértes Mountains and Gerecse Hills

The young hiker will obtain this badge, if he/she completes minimum 50 km in the Vértes Mountains and Gerecse Hills between Bodajk village and Dorog town. The hiker has to certify this thing with the stamps of his/her personal completion booklet.

You can see a gate of mine, a coal transporting cabin and cooling towers of a power plant in the background. These things refer to the former coal mining and power plant industry of this area. Unfortunately the mines were closed after the regime change. The name of the badge is already “Gyermek Kéktúra” - “Children's Blue Trail”!
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The section badge of the Children's Blue Trail in Buda Hills and Pilis Mountains

The young hiker will obtain this badge, if he/she completes minimum 50 km in the Buda Hills and Pilis Mountains between Dorog town and Visegrád village. The hiker has to certify this thing with the stamps of his/her personal completion booklet.

You can see the Elisabeth Lookout Tower on the top of the János-hegy Mountain. The János-hegy is the tallest mountain in the area of Budapest, it is 527 metres tall. There was a big illuminated red star on the top of the lookout tower, it was visible from big distance in the dark. Of course it was dismounted after the regime change. The Blue Trail doesn't visit the summit, it goes in the valley at the foot of the mountain.
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The section badge of the Children's Blue Trail in Börzsöny Mountains and Cserhát Hills

The young hiker will obtain this badge, if he/she completes minimum 50 km in the Börzsöny Mountains and Cserhát Hills between Nagymaros village and Mátraverebély village. The hiker has to certify this thing with the stamps of his/her personal completion booklet.

You can see the Castle of Nógrád in the picture. Nógrád village lays at the feet of the Börzsöny Mountains on the border of the two counties.
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The section badge of the Children's Blue Trail in Mátra Mountains

The young hiker will obtain this badge, if he/she completes minimum 50 km in the Mátra Mountains between Mátraverebély village and Szarvaskő village. The hiker has to certify this thing with the stamps of his/her personal completion booklet.

You can see the Pagoda Hotel in the picture. It stands in Mátraháza village, on the route of the National Blue Trail. It was a tourst hostel in the past. This section is the shortest one, because it is hardly 70 km long.
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The section badge of the Children's Blue Trail in Bükk Mountains és Aggtelek Hills

The young hiker will obtain this badge, if he/she completes minimum 50 km in the Bükk Mountains and Aggtelek Hills between Szarvaskő village and Bódvaszilas village. The hiker has to certify this thing with the stamps of his/her personal completion booklet.

You can see the lookout tower on the top of Bálvány Mountain and the Ski House of Bánkút in the picture.
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The section badge of the Children's Blue Trail in Cserehát Hills and Zemplén Mountains

The young hiker will obtain this badge, if he/she completes minimum 50 km in the Bükk Mountains and Aggtelek Hills between Bódvaszilas village and Hollóháza village. The hiker has to certify this thing with the stamps of his/her personal completion booklet.

You can see the Castle of Füzér in the picture. The bunch of grapes refers to the vineyards and wines of this region. Its most well-known wine is the Tokaji aszu wine.
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You have to ask for every badge with the exception of the “From Dorog until Nógrád”, “On the Trails of Mátra and Bükk” and “Blue Trail of Veszprém County” movements in the central office of the Hungarian Ramblers' Association in Budapest. Its address is: 1146 Budapest, Thököly út 58-60. I. emelet 107. (Door 107 on the 1st floor, 58-60 Thököly Street, 14th District, Budapest). You can approach it with the busses number 5, 7, 173. Consulting hours: on Mondays between 3 and 7 pm. The office work lasts minimum one week, if you can't wait a week here in Budapest, they will post the badge and the completion booklet to you. You have to pay the cost of the badge and the postal charges.

The situation is similar at the local rambler's associations at Eger, Szeged and Veszprém.





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