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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 October 22, 2012 via mobile

The railway you have to see. But the location on map Art is wrong. You find it on the Buda Site not at the Pest site.

1  Thank Andreas J
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We weren't quite sure what to expect from the children's railway. We knew that it was run by children, that the trains were smaller than the norm, and that it was a throwback to Communist times, but not much more than that.

Getting there took a little bit of effort, in that we had to take the "cogwheel railway," a name which really meant nothing to me until I saw it. Basically, the cogwheel railway is a tram line that uses large cogwheels to go up the mountain. It's tram line #60, and is listed as such in guidebooks and on maps. Once we got to our tram stop, we walked (just a few minutes) to a small train station -- the start of the children's railway. There was no ticket office, since you have to buy tickets on the train itself.

The train finally pulled up to the station -- and as promised, it's smaller than a usual train, with narrower and shorter train cars than I'm used to. Also as promised, the conductors were all children, probably about 10-12 years old, fully dressed in their uniforms. We all got on the train, sat down on some simple but reasonably confortable seats, and set off for .... well, we weren't really sure where we were going to go, if it was to the end, or to some interim stop. We had heard that there were some nice parks and attractions along the way, but it wasn't clear if we could get off and on as many times as we like, or if we would have to buy additional tickets.

Fortunately, the conductor, a boy with blondish hair and excellent English, was delightful to talk to, and was quite helpful. I can't imagine having to sell tickets, make change, and balance a conductor's purse on a moving train, but he did it without too much trouble. (Fine, so I had to hold his purse for him, and he forgot to close one of the train doors completely, and ran off to salute the inspectors along the way... but it was all fun and exciting for us, and he took it all in good fun.)

It's clear that many of the aspects of this railroad haven't changed since Communist times. The way that the children salute one another, their uniforms, and the whole concept are pretty Stalinist. But it's a cute and interesting throwback to that era, and everyone is having a good time, so I can't say that I really minded at all.

We ended up getting off the train after just a few stops, walking (about 20 minutes through relatively unmarked woods) to a chair lift, which goes down the mountain. The chair lift deposited us in what seemed like the middle of nowhere -- but thanks to people at the bottom of the chair lift, we quickly managed to get a bus to a tram that happened to go past our rented apartment, and then continued into town.

The train doesn't run all that often, so you should be sure to time your visit appropriately, such that there will be time either to return (if you go to the final stop), or to see whatever attraction you think would be appropriate along the way. But this was a lot of fun, and ended our vacation in Budapest on a high note.

4  Thank ReuvenLerner
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

If you have more then a weekend it´s recommended to visit this rare sight. We continued with the chair lifts down the hill to Buda. The "Libegö" or the charlifts are a nice walk from the childrens railway. Ask the kids onboard when to get off and don´t forget to buy something from the kids to support them, they have lovely postcards for sale. Wear good shoes.

1  Thank Flajjer
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

This outing on the children’s railway was memorable, both from its concept of school kids managing the ‘business’ but also the very scenic journey up the Buda Hills.

We took Tram 4 to Moszkva ter and then walked the short distance to the start of the Cogwheel Railway (Tram 60) opposite the cylindrical multi-story Budapest Hotel. This chugged and rattled its way to the end of the line, from where it was a short walk to Szechenyi-hegi, the beginning of the Children’s Railway. The tickets were sold, checked, train waved on, etc by school kids.

The trip on the single track to the last station of Huvosvolgy took about 40 minutes. It stopped at most stations along the way, sometimes pulling in for a few minutes to let an opposite train pass. At one of the stops a group of school children with teachers got on and packed out the train. It is extremely quiet and peaceful countryside. One of the ‘conductors’ had good English and he chatted to some of the tourists. He said he plays the violin at school and tours with the youth orchestra.

At the end we walked the impressive art-deco stairway to the nearby ornate bus station. The stairway has paintings at each stage.

We took Tram 61 back to the terminus, which was a lovely return journey through the wooded Buda Hills and Huvos Valley.

1  Thank permia
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Reviewed August 14, 2012 via mobile

We took the cogwheel railway to the children's railway line then took the libego (chair lift) down the hill. this was easier then last time as it was easier to find the libego. The train was really good fun we got off at stop 4 and walked to the top of the hill and then went up Elizabeth tower (well worth a visit fab views) we then took the libego down the hill to the bottom and caught the bus opposite the terminal to town. So quiet and peaceful in three hills and the best view of the city.

1  Thank Emma L
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