The funicular, called Budavári Sikló in Hungarian, runs from the Adam Clarke square at the foot of the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, connecting it to the Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya) at the top of the hill. First opened in 1870, it was the second funicular railway operating in Europe.
The funicular had been meticulously reconstructed after being completely destroyed in a World War II bombing raid. It features two tramcars, each made of three cabins stacked in a ziggurat-like fashion onto each other. The 50 meter ride takes only a couple of minutes. Adult tickets cost 900 HUF one way and 1500 HUF with return, children’s – 550 or 1000 HUF respectively. For some people these high prices are a reason to walk up instead of taking the Sikló but I think it is worth to take a ride.
If taking the funicular either up or down the hill, it’s always best to be in the bottom cabin as it offers the best view of the bridge and the river below. Another feature of the Budavári Sikló are the two pedestrian bridges crossing over the railway. These bridges were removed when the nearby castle gardens were expanded in 1900, and then rebuilt as per their original design 83 years later.
All that said, any funicular is ultimately only as good as where it gets you. The Fisherman’s Bastion on the Castle hill is rightly a very popular tourist destination. There are lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and café’s spread through the area, and that’s not to mention the breathtaking architecture of the place. It’s a great location to visit whether you’re a Budapest local, an expat, or just passing through. The ride on the one-of-a-kind funicular is but the pleasant bonus.
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Sights around Castle Hill Funicular
Sights on which you will see the Funicular
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