Funicular - Siklo, Budapest

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District I, Szent Gyorgy ter and Clark Adam ter

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    Funicular (Siklo)

    by Heniko Written Apr 16, 2006

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    By far the most tranquil way of ascending Castle Hill to the Royal Palace is the Siklo. Originally opened in 1870, its main function was in providing cheap transport for local workers. Fortune has, however, not always favoured the two little cable cars. Wrecked by German shelling in 1945, the Siklo was left in a state of disrepair until being fully restored in 1986.

    Today's replica carriages, which use electricity rather than steam power, complete the steep ascent to Szent Gyorgy ter in just under one minute. The comparative quiet inside the cars contrasts strikingly with the view across the Danube to bustling downtown Pest.

    Whilst photographers and video enthusiasts will find shots from the Siklo irresistible in the early morning, romantic couples will, no doubt, prefer the spectacular floodlit views of the city at night. The lower terminus is just next to the bridge at Clark Adam ter.

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    Funicular (Siklo)

    by Heniko Written Apr 16, 2006

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    By far the most tranquil way of ascending Castle Hill to the Royal Palace is the Siklo. Originally opened in 1870, its main function was in providing cheap transport for local workers. Fortune has, however, not always favoured the two little cable cars. Wrecked by German shelling in 1945, the Siklo was left in a state of disrepair until being fully restored in 1986.

    Today's replica carriages, which use electricity rather than steam power, complete the steep ascent to Szent Gyorgy ter in just under one minute. The comparative quiet inside the cars contrasts strikingly with the view across the Danube to bustling downtown Pest.

    Whilst photographers and video enthusiasts will find shots from the Siklo irresistible in the early morning, romantic couples will, no doubt, prefer the spectacular floodlit views of the city at night. The lower terminus is just next to the bridge at Clark Adam ter.

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    Funicular

    by DPando Updated Apr 11, 2006

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    Once you cross the main and most beautiful bridge from Pest to Buda.. you see the tunel just for cars and to go up to the hill you have to choose among on foot or take a funicular...a wooden one, really beautiful...just cost around 2 euros if im not wrong and the ride takes just 1 min or less but you have a superb site in the evening of the city
    on The left theres this nice mural and some steps ledtwards the path to the castle

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    upper station

    by ivanab Updated Mar 15, 2006

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    This is upper station og Furnicolar, just in fromt of Royal palace. It was made in 1870, to provide quick transport for doctors who worked in the Palace. First furnicolar was a steam one, and on 1986. it was electrified. Ride lasts for about 2 minutes and it's a good way to see a Budapest slowly opening itself to you...

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    Putting the fun into funicular

    by lucyb77 Written Jan 17, 2006

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    Taken by someone less of a wimp than me!
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    On a sunny day, cross over the bridge and get the funicular to the beautiful buildings in Old Buda - don't pay for a return, you'll enjoy the views more if you walk back down. The sights at the top are stunning, and you'll see some great views on the way up too, unless you are a wimp like me and are too scared to stand up and stay glued to your seat!

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    Funicular Railway - Buda side

    by Mikebb Updated Nov 24, 2005

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    Funicular railway to Castle District

    Just over the Szechenyi Bridge on the Buda side you will come to the funicular railway, which is well worth the ride up the hill. The view is excellent and you can then easily walk to the Castle. Cost F600.

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    Don't walk up the hill, take the Funicular!

    by vichatherly Written Oct 5, 2005

    Didn't quite managed to get a ride on the Funicular (Sikló) because by the time we saw it we were on the way down!

    It looked nice though.

    "By far the most tranquil way of ascending Castle Hill to the Royal Palace is the Sikló. Originally opened in 1870, its main function was in providing cheap transport for local workers. Fortune has, however, not always favoured the two little cable cars. Wrecked by German shelling in 1945, the Sikló was left in a state of disrepair until being fully restored in 1986.

    Whilst photographers and video enthusiasts will find shots from the Sikló irresistible in the early morning, romantic couples will, no doubt, prefer the spectacular floodlit views of the city at night. The lower terminus is just next to the bridge at Clark Ádám tér."

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    Don't take the stairs, go up with ease

    by dejavu2gb Written Sep 23, 2005

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    If you plan on walking around on Castle Hill and admiring the gorgeous view of the I would advise you to use the Funicular. Its very fast and easy, and beats going up all those stairs.The journey is pretty fast and will cost about £3 return.

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    Castle Hill Funicular

    by al_mary Updated Sep 20, 2005

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    Castle Hill Funicular
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    The Castle Hill Funicular was
    fully destroyed during WW ll,
    and it was questionned for long
    time if it will be rebuilt at all ...
    Despite its ancient look, it was
    built in the 80's, when the new
    funicular was rebuilt ....

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    Budavári Sikló

    by Gili_S Updated Aug 24, 2005

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    The Budavári Sikló is the Castle area funicular that will take you in a minute to the top of the hill. It is over 100 years old and still working, usually.
    I did it the easy way, the Sikió up, and walking down the hill.

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    Budavari siklò

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    Budavari sikl��

    On the left of Clark Adam ter you can see a nice train called Budavari siklò. This nice funicolar was built in 1870 and it was restored after many years of inactivity. From 1986 it go up and down with people from the Clarck Adam ter to the Buda hill with all its monuments. It's a very nice experience. During the climb you can see a nice view of the Chain Bridge and the Szent Istvan Bazilika.

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  • Easiest way to climb a hill

    by tomKovacsi Updated Jun 6, 2005

    ok, you just walked across the famous chain bridge, from your hotel in Pest, and want to go see Budavari Palota. You look up the hill and think to yourself, "wow that looks like a good climb" then you go ahead and remember your lazy. Fourtunatly just for that kind of reason they have the funicular. A very short run cable pull rail system that goes up a 45 degree slope, causing the intresting design of the cars. I didn't take it so I can't tell you how much it costs, but it looks neat. Maybe I'll try it next time

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    Funicular

    by coopergirl2003 Written May 5, 2005

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    I've never seen a funicular before and this one goes up very steep! Apparently the top car is filled with water to make it head down and then the water is released at the bottom so the other car goes up.....all i can say is I'm scared of heights so my eyes were a little closed...but I'm assured there was a great view!! IT cost peanuts to use aswell!

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    Onto the rack

    by sourbugger Written Apr 18, 2005

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    Funicular

    The funicular at base of the hill whisks you up to the top for the eqivalent of about 3 euros.

    It saves an uphill walk, especially in the height of summer, but it is far nicer to saunter down the winding path than runs out from under the terrace area than to make the return trip.

    Great views on the way up.

    On the other hand, stop being such a bleeding wimp and get up that hill you lazy fat-a**ed tourist.

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    Funicular Train

    by american_tourister Updated Mar 27, 2005

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    Imagine if it was icy

    This train takes you up or down the rather steep hillside from the river's edge up to the old royal palace. The palace now houses the National Museum.

    After walking up this damn hill I took the train down. I was bushed.

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