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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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