Friday, December 4, 2015

Past POIs - Children's Railway (Gyermekvasút) [Budapest, Hungary]

During our stay in Budapest, one of the outings included a ride on the Children's Railway (Gyermekvasút) for a portion of our day. We came here without knowing too much about the attraction, but our innkeeper told us about it and with his explanation on how to get there and our use of maps and asking for directions, we figured it out and it was a neat stop.

Children's Railway.
The Children's Railway is what it sounds like, a railway which is run by children between the ages of 10 - 14, with the help of adult supervision. All positions are operated by children except the train driver. Its origins date back to when the USSR still existed and they were created as a way to teach children responsibilities.

Envisioned in 1947, construction began in 1948 and the work was divided and completed in 3 sections spanning 8 stops and 11.2km in length making it the largest Children's Railway in the world. Section 1 from Széchényi Hill (stop 1) to Virágvölgy (stop 4) was completed in 1948. Section 2 from Virágvölgy (stop 4) to Szépjuhászné (stop 6) was completed in 1950. Section 3 from Szépjuhászné (stop 6) to Hűvösvölgy (stop 8) was completed in late 1950. From start to finish including stops it takes 45 minutes to complete the entire length of the railway.

For our portion of the outing, we went from Széchényi Hill to Jánoshegy, which we got off so that we could walk up to the chairlift for János Hill. In 2015 it cost 700 Forint for a one-way ticket which is good for the entire length of the railway or 1,400 Forint for a round-trip ticket.

You should give it a try if you are in the area, I thought it was a neat little side attraction and it was neat to learn that there are more of them around.

Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!