Timewheel

Timewheel, Budapest: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Timewheel Reviews: 3/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks
About
è un monumento rappresentante una grande clessidra
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Tours and Tickets

The area
Address
Neighborhood: Zugló
How to get there
  • Hősök tere • 8 min walk
  • Széchenyi fürdő • 8 min walk
Popular mentions

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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Large, imaginative and modern design of an ancient timepiece
Oct 2019
The Timewheel is about 300m southeast of Hoero's Square. It is one of the world's largest hourglasses, replacing a statue of Lenin (now standing in Memento Park). The wheel (by János Herne) is a slightly concave drum (~10m diameter) where glass granules flow from an upper reservoir to a lower one, which takes a year. Each New Year's Eve the Timewheel is rotated 180 degrees to restart the flow (it takes four people pulling on cables 45 minutes to do this). The Timewheel was unveiled on 1 May 2004 to commemorate Hungary joining the European Union. When I visited, I was impressed by the wheel's size, and the almost imperceptible flow of granules. The Timewheel is accessible at all times with no entry fee.
Written March 5, 2020
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Mike G
San Francisco, CA1,065 contributions
Neat
Jul 2016
While it's not a big enough attraction to go out of your way to see, if you're already in City Park, it's a cool thing to check out! It's the world's largest hourglass, which should be called a yearglass as it only needs to be changed once per year.
Written April 18, 2017
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945alinab
Bucharest, Romania435 contributions
Missing from that point
Apr 2017
Is not where is marked on the map.a lot of tends nearby...is not a pleasant place to be for tourists.
Written April 3, 2017
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Claudetteth
Cornwall, Canada2,316 contributions
See it out of Curiosity
Nov 2016 • Couples
Don't go out of your way to see the World's largest in functioning hourglass but, if you happen to be nearby, have a look.

This monstrosity made from red granite was to rotate 360 degrees over the course of a year and would need resetting on a yearly basis.

Somehow, moisture got into the sand mechanism and the invention no longer works. Someone has attempted to shatter the shatter proof glass. This is an eyesore for residents of Budapest. It cost a fortune, was installed in 1994 and probably should be hauled away.
Written November 20, 2016
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Mariana Aguiar
Sao Paulo, SP1,109 contributions
One of the corners of the park
Jul 2016 • Solo
Pretty (and pretty big) construction in one of the corners of the City Park. If you are hanging around the park, you should take a look at it. But if you're dar away form it, I don't think it worths the effort.
Written November 13, 2016
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
Simple landmark near Heroes' Square
Sep 2016
During our visit to the Heroes' Square/City Park, our coach just parked near to the Timewheel landmark. It was learnt that this should be a sand clock for the year. By year end, the clock would turn upside down automatically and this idea was quite interesting. If you have time, just come to take a photo on the timewheel during your visit here.
Written October 25, 2016
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Elena O
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine858 contributions
Interesting
Mar 2016 • Family
I have read about this wheel in a review of what to see with kids in Budapest. Thanks to authors for explanations where to find it. If I had no referent points, we easily miss it.
The concept reminds me the sphere on a Time’s Square in New York. But this wheel is a sand clock for a whole year! And on a New Year they are turned upside down for e new turn.
Sad that somebody broke on of the sides and some of stones at the bottom are broken as well…
Written March 24, 2016
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Alexander C
11 contributions
It dosen't work.
Sep 2015 • Family
Looks like no. One of glasses is broken. The place mentoined here is wrong. Be carefull. It's near horos terek.
Written September 23, 2015
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Ilan V
Netanya, Israel625 contributions
Easy to miss
Sep 2015 • Couples
It is something special and seems interesting technically I am not sure I got it right worth a try if you are near
Written September 14, 2015
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Tony C
Vero Beach, FL6,704 contributions
Interesting piece!
Aug 2015 • Friends
Apparently given the Budapest people for joining the European Union. Also it appears to be expensive to maintain by the government. Nevertheless the city touts it as an attraction. An attraction for the tourists. Maybe time better spent on other cultural pieces, of which there are many, in Budapest.
Written August 26, 2015
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