Janoshegy
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The highest point in Budapest offers stunning views of the city and Danube River below.
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GCKJA
Nebraska628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
In the summertime, this place is PACKED with people - almost all Hungarian. This isn't a super-touristy thing to do. It's far from the city center, but it's absolutely worth it!
We walked through the park and made our way up to the tower and then took the chair lift down. The walk is not tiring, but relaxing as the trail winds and curves through the park. There are several fantastic playgrounds for kids.
Once you reach the chair lift, you can walk or take stairs to the tower and the view is absolutely worth it!
Be sure to buy a chimney cake (kurtoskalacs) for your trip down the hillside.
Written February 27, 2020
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adam a
Sompting, UK144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
to get here go to nugayti the main railway station and catch the 291 bus right outside ( near west end shopping centre ) takes 25 minutes by bus to end of the bus route as he turns around cant miss it
then pay 1300 florin from a very nice happy english speaking girl , just under £4 for a 15 minute or so peaceful and quiet chair lift ride to the top , amazing views on way down as you get closer to budapest , but at top climb couple hundred yards to elizabeth tower where few steps and free to get in and climb and see the views , you can see views half way up but climb dozen or so steps to the very top where you can see for miles all away round and the whole of budapest almost as hills get in way of some parts , the city centre is couple miles away but you do see an amazing view
so go on a clear day and not too windy as i can imagine must be cold and windy up there , but walks if you want to all around , toilets and drinks food available at top of chair lift
Written October 13, 2012
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK1,734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We decided to have a fun afternoon using 5 different modes of transport in a circular trip from central Budapest. We caught tram 61 from Moskva Ter up to the Cog Railway, then followed the Cog Railway to its terminus where it hooks up with the Children's Railway. You then get off at station "Janoshegy" and walk for about a kilometre, a gentle uphill trek to Elisabeth Tower for great views of Budapest and the Buda Hills before going back on yourself to the foot of the tower to catch the Libego chairlift back down the hill and finally bus 291 back into central Budapest.

Recommended if you have done the city to death, or just want a bit of tranquility for a couple of hours or so!
Written November 15, 2009
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Donna
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We wanted to get here to see the panorama of the city. Public transportation is a nuisance to get here
Written February 18, 2021
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Ingo S
Karlsruhe, Germany189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
What others didn't mention yet is that, if you don't merely want a leisurely afternoon stroll but come prepared for an easy mountain hike, it is perfectly possible (and rewarding) to walk all the way from the city center. From the chain bridge, it's 9 km one way, 415 meters of altitude difference, so about 2 hours for fast hikers one way, maybe about three hours for slow hikers. I first crossed the castle hill and then ascended along Kutvolgy street through beautiful villas suburbs. The last part alongside the chairlift is moderately steep, but not at all difficult. Don't try it with sandals or high heels, but running shoes are fine, no need for hiking boots. Don't forget a city map, there are no signs "to Janos hegy" in the suburbs.

I returned a slightly longer way across Szechenyi hegy, Sas hegy, and Gellert hegy, coming down to the Elizabeth bridge. That way, you get to know very different quarters of Pest that tourist rarely visit. But of course the detour is optional. Walking back the same way as you came should be feasible in 1.5 to 2 hours, making a grand total 3.5 to 5 hours.
Written November 13, 2019
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GioB212
Malta206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Spent about 5hours exploring this beautiful area. I fell in love with the beauty in the centre of Budapest however it was lovely to get out of the city for a few hours and enjoy the surrounding nature.

It's quite easy to get to Jonashegy, we first took Tram 4 (Tram 6 or M2 are also an option) to Szell Kalman ter then we boarded bus 21A to Normafa (Gyermekvasut) which means Children's Railway. This narrow-gauge forest train is run by children under the supervision of adult railway workers. It takes three stops (around 10-15minutes) from Normafa using this train to get to the base of Jonashegy.

The walk up to the tower takes around 20 minutes, it can be a bit steep at times so it might be a bit challenging for those with mobility issues but the paths are very clear and pleasant and it's definitely worth the effort in the end!

As one emerges from the woods and meets the road, there is the entrance for the Zugligeti Libego chairlift as well as a place to rest and grab a bite. We bought an ice-cream to refresh and cool off a bit then continued the last part of the journey to get to the Erzsebet lookout tower which is less than 10 minutes away up the hill. This tower is simply amazing and offers panoramic views of the whole city. In my opinion it's useless to visit Jonashegy just for the chairlift without going up to this tower first!

Back down the hill to the chairlift, only took us a 5-minute walk. The chairlift takes around 15minutes to cross a spectacular 1km ride. Transport back to the city centre is easily accessible as a bus stop is available just across the chairlift's endpoint :)
Written July 13, 2015
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4Evan
Wellington, New Zealand56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
János Hill (János-hegy) is the highest point of Budapest. On top of János Hill stands the Erzsébet Lookout Tower, built in 1910, whence you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the city. Take the M2 or trams 4 or 6 to Szell Kalman Ter. From there catch bus 21A to Normalfa (the last stop) and when exiting the bus, walk straight ahead to the information boards. At the info boards, turn left and walk along a well formed track that passes a grassy picnic area and childrens play area (about 4 minutes). Continue following the track (marked by a blue circular arrow) on an easy bush walk parallel to an asphalt road for about 25 minutes until you reach the top of the chairlift (Libego). From there it is a short walk to the Erzsébet Tower - climb up free for the magnificent views. After that, catch the chairlift down the hill and then bus 102 back to Szell Kalman Ter.
Written July 7, 2015
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Arvind S
Hamburg, Germany513 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
There are multiple modes of transport to reach here, but the best is walking. While you keep climbing the hill, different elevations keep unearthing different views. It is a real pleasure to walk in the small forest leading to the top.

One can not compare the view from here. If you want to see Budapest in full glory, this is the place to be, and this is a place as "must visit". We went there twice - one during the day and other during the night when entire area was lit up in golden light.

There is no shortage of restaurants selling snacks or water. No shortage of seating places either, so it is equally enjoyable by young and old alike. Be there, enjoy the time.
Written September 20, 2018
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George P
Budapest, Hungary72 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
So what it takes and does it worth honestly?
If summer, I recommend to take a local bus, go to a planned point and then go for a light hiking. If spring/autumn, then hiking, or take the LIBEGO (=cable car)! It takes fairly long to go up with the ski-slope-like 2 seater cable "cars"to get to the top. Once arrived to the top, you will still have a 5-10 minutes steep walk to the very top where the "Janos hegyi kilato" is.
If you have the time and the mood, you can also walk your legs off, so good fun this "attraction" is.
The hill and its forest is worth several hours if you do stay in Budapest for a week or so. I won't go deeper in this subject. The observation point is nice and looked after. You can also take some nice pictures and is a good reward after the long tour up to the hill:-)!
Written July 19, 2016
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111GeorgeB
Pecs, Hungary317 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
The look-out tower was built on the highest peak of Budapest. 528 meters. Do not laugh!:-)) This is a mountain in Hungary. (The highest peak of the country is 1015 meters high.)
The belvedere was erected for the remembrance of Sissi (Elizabeth was the wife of Franz Josef emperor) in 1910.
No entrance fee for the time being. Open hours: 8:00-20:00
It is a nice and easy trip when you take the chair-lift in Zugliget (about 3 EUR one-way), then climb up (only 2-300 meters and not too steep) to the look-out tower and then you have plenty of directions either back to Zugliget or e.g. to the Children's Railway that can take you to other nice parts of the Budai-montains.
The landscape from the the top of the tower is breath-taking in clear weather.
Written June 1, 2014
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