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“A blast in the past”

Children's Railway, Budapest
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Adults drive the engines and children control the traffic and commercial services on this narrow gauge railroad, which travels 11 kilometers through the woods and hills on the Buda side of the city. The Gyermekvasút (English: Children's Railway) or Line 7 is a narrow gauge railway line in Budapest, which connects Széchényi-hegy and Hűvösvölgy and is 11.2 km long. Except the train driver, all of the posts are operated by children aged 10–14 under adult supervision. It is the world's largest Children's Railway.
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Reviewed 31 August 2013 via mobile

This railway run by children hasn't changed for many years and I hope it doesn't. A piece of history, other reviews go into detail but I can say is worth the ride and the price just for the experience. Very clean, on time and a cheap way to get to one of the best views of Budapest. Get off at janos hegy and walk to the top, be warned that is a fairly hard workout getting up there but it kills a few calories! The chair lift can take you back down, it was so fun we did the chairlift twice! A bus at the bottom takes you back to where you started.

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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Came across this narrow gauge railway whilst exploring Budapest, which is easily reached from the centre of the city. It was built in the 1940's and winds its way through the forests of the Buda Hills for about 8 miles between Széchényi-hegy (at its summit) and Hüvösvölgy (in the valley), with a journey time of approximately 50 minutes. Its uniqueness comes from the fact that it is largely run by children, supervised by adults. The children, mostly seemed to be aged about 12, were all neatly dressed in a blue uniform and seemed to be responsible for looking after the ticket offices and acting as ticket inspectors on the trains. As the trains entered a station the children in their blue uniforms would line the platform and salute the train and its passengers, whilst the uniformed children on the train would line up and return the salute. Thankfully the trains all appeared to be driven by adults! The trains themselves are made up of two open/closed carriages pulled by either a steam or diesel engine. During our visit they were only using diesel engines due to draught conditions and the risk of forest fires being ignited by sparks from a steam engine. A single fare for the whole journey costs approximately £2.
To get to the railway take 'Tram 61' from the centre of the city and alight at Varosmajor. Then cross the track to the Cogwheel Railway and take the train up the hill to the end of the line at Széchényi-hegy. From there it's a short walk (signposted) passed a cafe to the Gyermekvasut (Childrens Railway). In most cases just follow the crowds, although I say 'crowds' but it wasn't really that busy on our visit. When you alight the Children's Railway at Hüvösvölgy you can rejoin 'Tram 61' for the return journey to the city. If you would like something different then take the Children's Railway for part of route and alight at Janos-hegy, from there you can take a signposted walk to the chairlift, which will take you down the hill from where you can catch 'bus 291' back to the city centre, or alight the bus at Budagyongye to rejoin 'Tram 61'.

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Reviewed 6 August 2013

This is a lovely railway which was developed when under communism and a little like guide or scouts. The children go to camps before they then can help run the railways which travels through the Buda hills and forest. Interesting to see the children actively working to run the railway and nice views. Maybe not exciting enough for us traveling as a couple but would be lovely for those traveling with children. You can get to it by the clog railway and make a full day by visiting the 'Libegő' chair lift which we did straight after and loved. It is a two-way chairlift system that transports passengers between Zugliget and the lookout tower on János Hill (the highest peak in the city), providing beautiful panorama along the way. A great day out in Budapest.

Thank kiwimumfromlondon
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

Really interesting day out supporting the children's railway plus experiencing cog railway , ellzabeths viewpoint and the chair lift

Great review from Ossimandus of options if you choose the first option cog railway children's railway and chairlift can add on other recommendation

At the base of the chairlift take a stroll 100 yards to the left from the chair lift exit into the local campsite Zugligeti Niche Camping to find a welcoming bar great value for a few beers and reasonable food - super deserts. Much better than the chairlift bar

Also we had a fright on the chairlift where the attendant forgot to lower the safety bar - took us 50 metres to realise it was above our heads -- be warned we laughed for the next 100 metres certainly a story we will tell for many years

Great day out smashing to see youngsters learning life skills and giving a good tourist day out

View from top of Elizabeth's viewpoint was worth the hike and we appreciated the low impact footpath from the chair lift up the last hill - 1000 metres

Recommended day out if you have tired of tourist traps and fancy a days walking in the attractive Buda hill forests

Thank Clockwino
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

As our reviewers had said, this is off the tourist track, and some homework and planning needs to be done, and well worth the effort. Our hotel provided help too, as well as info in the DK Eyewitness travel guide.

Take the Metro red line M2 to Szell Kalman ter.
Then Tram 61 to opposite the Hotel Budapest - the cylindrical building !!! it's only about 3 stops.
Cog Railway no 60 - theres only one to the top.
The old Tv mast is nearby, the journey is about 40mins.
Walk 300 yds to teh terminus of the Children's railway, and book to Janos Gegy ( Janos Hill ) about 2/3 the way along.

Alight and walk up though the woods, - sign at the station - chair lift.
At the chair lift , go left up the easy path- by the road, it's spongy!!! and right at the top.

Climb up the tower, yes it's free for the super views of the city.. light snacks and ice cream here.
Re-trace steps to the cahir lift and descend....... for a quiet and peacful rise through the trees, you will not be dis-apointed .

Then bus 290 to the tram lines and pick up tram 61 back to the metro stn.

Note - the Busapest travel card 2/ 3 days will cover the metro and the Cog railway, and 1.2 price on the Children's railway. the chair lift is full price but not expensive.

Well worth the effort, you will not get lost !! just copy and print any of the reviews and take with you. Suggest you take a packed lunch as the fayre in the cafes is limited.

1  Thank cheshireguy
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