Fő tér (Main square) of Salgótarján

Salgótarján is the county seat and largest city in Nógrád county, Hungary. Once a small mining town, the city was built in a very modern communist style, leaving much to be desired in terms of classical architecture. Nevertheless, the city boasts two excellent castle ruins and several hiking opportunities through the forested Cserhát hills.

Get in

By train

The city is only accessible by train from Hatvan. Trains leave typically every other hour and take roughly an hour and fifteen minutes. Nearly all the trains are személy, or slow trains, and they will stop at every small town. Fortunately, the scenery and hills are quite lovely and the trip goes by quickly.

By car

From Budapest take the M3 to Hatvan. From there Salgótarján is most easily reached by route #21. From Szécsény take route #22. From Slovakia take route #71 from Fil'akovo.

Get around

Counting the suburbs there are four train stations: Zagyvapálfalva, Salgótarján külső, Salgótarján (the main station), and Somoskőújfalu. For most tourist purposes the main station is the only one that stops downtown and the only one that matters. The Somoskőújfalu station can be used to reach the castle ruins, but even then it's simply easier to take a bus from downtown.

The intercity bus station is also downtown, opposite the main train station. Nográd Volán provides local bus services throughout the town. Unless you have a whole day of hiking planned, this is the only way to get to the castle ruins. Bus #11A goes to the castle in Somoskő and bus #11B to the ruins to in Salgóbánya. Both of these buses only run once an hour. If you want to visit both castles it gets tricky as you'll have to visit one, then backtrack to Ifjúság u. where you can catch the other bus.

Taxis are another option and you have to call in advance.

The downtown is incredibly compact and easy enough to get around by foot.



Somoskő Castle on a cloudy day


Castle Ruins



From casual walks to more serious treks, from anywhere in the city you're never far from the hills.


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