Budapest – Seven Forms of Transport to the Buda Hills   16 comments

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Our last day in Budapest, time flies when you’re having fun. My guide-book recommended a trip into the Buda Hills using an interesting mix of Transportation styles. First was a Metro to the other side of the river followed by a tram ride – well two tram rides actually as we got on heading in the wrong direction!. From there a rack railway high into the Buda Hills that rise to the west of the city.

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Another of the city’s great features. Less than an hour by public transport from the centre of the city and you’re in wooded hills. There are some fine walking trails up here apparently

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A short walk brought us to another train station. This one is a children’s railway in more ways than one. It was built by Scouts in 1951 and is staffed entirely by schoolchildren (except engineers and drivers).

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It was fun and utterly charming and a wonderful run through the wooded hills with glimpses to the green pastures to the west of the city. Another world in every way.

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The kids perform guard duties, check tickets and manage the trains. One them even sold me my tickets at the booth. They all wear their natty little uniforms and seemed to be enjoying the responsibility

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The line runs for 11km through the hills but we got off halfway to walk up to the highest point (a respectable 527m) and see the views from the Elizabeth monument

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It was a longer and steeper climb than I thought

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The Elizabeth lookout is a very faux-grand affair that I’m sure everywhere else we’d visited would try to extract a charge. Here it was free to climb.

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The views from the top were superb. To the west, rolling green hills, farm land and small towns

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To the east the huge sprawl of the city threaded by the Danube

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A zoom shot of the Parliament Building

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And a couple of Panoramas looking east and west

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The tall round building in the centre-left of the photo below is where the cog railway started from

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It was a revelation to be out in the countryside after two weeks in busy cities, yet all this was a short trip away from the busy heart of Budapest.

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To head down we took another from of transport, one that every city should have, a chairlift!

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A very unusual and relaxing way to descend and admire the excellent views over the Buda Hills and the city itself

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A little video to add to the blog experience

 

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A short walk down the road from the bottom to catch a bus and a metro back to the central park for another Hungarian street food lunch. Metro, Tram, Rack Railway, Children’s Miniature Railway, Chairlift, Bus. Six forms of transport. Number seven? Walking of course!

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16 responses to “Budapest – Seven Forms of Transport to the Buda Hills

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  1. Some fascinating forms of transport there. Looks as if there good be some good walking areas too.

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    Brenda-Dawn Linney
  2. Wonderful views. We had just watched a Michael Portillo, Bradshaw railway journey on this line. Fantastic to then see this post.

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    • I’ll have to try and find that episode online somewhere (I actually don’t like Michael Portillo much!). It was great to see the kids running the place. Its right up in the hills so some achievement to actually build it

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  3. Smashing tower and views over the city. I.m always entranced by urban views from surrounding hills. Must be a King Complex I suspect… looking down over the huddled masses from the grand mansion.

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    Blue Sky Scotland
  4. The views were worth the journey. It’s weird to ride a Chairlift downhill isn’t it? I’m assuming there’s a ski area here in the winter.

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    • I’m not sure about ski runs. It does get seriously cold in the winter in central Europe but I doubt they have regular snow cover at such a low altitude. The chairlift is pretty much in the city suburbs

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  5. Fabulous views from up there

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  6. Looks terrific. Perfect day out for the EWO too. With his thermos, his camera, his notebook and his anorak, he’d be in his element. Bless. The idea of a city with beautiful wooded hills on the outskirts is very appealing.

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    beatingthebounds
    • Sadly I got rather excited looking at trains and stations the whole trip, although I’m a bit more 20th Century with an iPad instead of a notebook. Also a heavy rucksack rather than a satchel. Train travel is so much nicer than air travel. The journeys between cities were an integral part of the holiday rather than the tedious chore of air travel. In most cities (other than Rome) the ease of high quality public transport was also a joy, especially Budapest. To be able to reach wooded hills within 30 mins of the city centre was one of the best parts. You could have comfortably walked up here from the city centre, the transport options were just good fun

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