That hiker can obtain this badge, who can prove with his/her personal completion booklet the fulfillment of the whole route of the National Blue Trail. This distance is about 1160 kilometres according to the latest survey.
This badge is free of charge, if you buy the personal completion booklet, its consumer price (1990 HUF) contains the price of the badge, what you will obtain after the successful fulfillment of the Blue Trail! Hikers have to send the personal completion booklet to the postal address of the Hungarian Ramblers's Association (Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség, 1244 Budapest, Pf.: 846.), or bring it personally to the association: 1075 Budapest, Károly körút 11. 7th floor. The costumer reception is open in the office every working day: Monday between 9 am and 5 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 9 am and 4 pm, Friday 9 am and 3 pm.
The evaluation of the booklet takes about two-three weeks. If you bring personally the booklet to the office, and cannot wait in Budapest until the end of the administration, the Hungarian Ramblers' Association send the badge together with diploma and the personal completion booklet to your postal address. In this case you have to pay the postal costs. Of course every hiker get the personal completion booklet back after the evaluation! They knows at the association, that the worn, often wrinkled booklet with the 150 stamps is just as valuable for the hiker, as the badge of the Blue Trail!
The badge shows a winding path leading towards mountains with a marked column beside it. The text on the badge: “ORSZÁGOS KÉK-TÚRA M.T.SZ.”. Its size is approximately 47 mm from the upper-right corner until the bottom-left corner. Unfortunately this photo cannot reflect the brilliant colours of the enamel paint! This badge is more than a dozen years old, but its colours have not faded yet!
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 times, in that case they get further badges with other numbers. For example I have three badges: the first is this one, the number of the second one is 4751, and the third has the 5969 number.
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. Its size is about 23 mm between the upper-right corner until the bottom-left corner.
A few hikers' associations of different counties founded movements along the National Blue Trail. There are four sections, which have own rewards. You can obtain the badge of the appropriate section, if the collect every stamps into your personal completion booklet from the start until the end of the section. The badges are the following in western-eastern direction:
This movement is announced by the Hikers' Committee of Vas County for the hikers of the National Blue Trail. Route: from the peak of Írott-kő Mountain until Ötvös village on the route of the National Blue Trail.
The verification happens with the photocopy of the appropriate pages of the personal completion booklet. The hiker have to send these sheets to the postal address of the committe (Vas Megyei Természetbarát Bizottság, 9700 Szombathely, Léka utca 23.), or bring them personally to the next address: Szombathely, Berzsenyi tér 2/b, 3rd floor. Costumer reception: every Monday between 4 pm and 5:30 pm. The price of the badge is 150 HUF.
The route of the Blue Trail is visible on the badge with the schematic outline of Vas County. Its diameter is appr. 40 mm.
This movement is announced by the Ramblers' Association of Veszprém County for the hikers of the National Blue Trail. Route: from Sümeg town until Bodajk village on the route of the Blue Trail across the whole Balaton-felvidék Region and Bakony Mountains.
The verficaton happens by the sending of the photocopies of the appropriate sheets of the personal completion booklet to the following assress: Veszprém Megyei Természetbarát Szövetség, 8200 Veszprém, Wartha Vince utca 3. The price of the badge is 400 HUF + postal costs.
Account number: 11748007-20138949
Similar to the “big” National Blue Trail badge its shape is an irregular square with the schematic map of Balaton Lake with mountains and a marked column beside it. The size of the badge is about 28 mm between the upper-left corner and the bottom right corner.
This movement was announced by the Ramblers' Association of Csongrád County for the hikers of the National Blue Trail. Its route: from the railway station of Dorog until railway station of Nógrád village on the route of the Blue Trail across the Pilis Mountains, Buda Hill and Börzsöny Mountains.
The validation can happen only with the original personal completion booklet. You have to bring personally the booklet to the address of the Rambler's Association of Csongrád County: Szeged, Tábor utca 7/B. Costumer reception: Wednesday between 6 pm and 7 pm, or you can post your booklet to the next address: 6701 Szeged, pf.: 548. The price of the badge is 2500 HUF + postal costs.
The accont number, where you can send the costs: Budapest Bank, 10102842-44233400-01004009
This hiker movement is announced by the Ramblers' Association of Heves County for the hikers of the National Blue Trail. Its route: from Mátraverebély village until Putnok village through the whole Mátra and Bükk Mountains.
You can bring personally the validation booklet to the address of the association: 3300 Eger, Dobó tér 6/A. third floor, or you can send by post the diploma, which you have got from the Hungarian Ramblers' Association beside the badge, to the following address: Heves Megyei Természetbarát Szövetség, 3301 Eger, Kossuth Lajos utca 8. Pf.: 256.
The price of the badge is 700 HUF, if you ask for the badge by post, you have to pay the postal costs, as well. The accont number, where you can send the costs: Heves Megyei Természetbarát Szövetség 11739009-20196769.
You can see the crest of Heves County in the middle of the oval badge: a standing stork with a snail in his beak keeping a bunch of grapes with his leg. The text on the badge: BÜKK MÁTRA ÚTJAIN 1963. The bigger (vertical) diameter of the badge is about 27 mm.
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The Hungarian Ramblers' Association would like to appreciate the efforts of young hikers between ages of 6 and 14, and founded the Childrens' Blue Trail Movement. This movement has own badges, independently from the badges of adult hikers. Of course, if a young hikers completes the conditions of the Children Blue Trail and he/she obtain the Childrens' Blue Trail badges, he/she can get the section badges of the previous chapter, and the “big” National Blue Trail badge, as well.
The young hiker can obtain this badge, if he/she completes 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 between different stamping places, 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. Its size is about 45 mm between the upper-right and bottom-left corners.
The whole route of the National Blue Trail is divided onto nine bigger sections and every section has an own badge. If a young hiker completes 50 km distance in a section, and he/she can certify this thing with the collected stamps in his/her personal completion booklet, he/she will obtain the badge of the apprpriate section. You can find further information about the section badges in the Announcement chapter.
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