Funicular - Siklo, Budapest

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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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    Cable Ride

    by BruceDunning Written Aug 10, 2008

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    There is a funicular at the bottom by Chain bridge that takes you to the top, instead of walking. It was built in 1870 to celebrate the millennium of the country. It was destroyed by the Germans in 1945 fighting in the city. It took back to 1986 before the cars and track were repaired.

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    Funicular

    by alancollins Written Oct 11, 2006

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    The Funicular was first used as a cheap form of transport for staff wotking in the Castle. It originally used steam power but after it was struck by a shell in 1945 and put out of action, it was electrified and restored in 1986. It is an easy way to approach the Castle and save the climb but take a slow walk down and take in some views.

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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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    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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    Budavári Sikló

    by sinisar Written Dec 17, 2006

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    The Funicular Railway of Buda Castle (Budavári Sikló) was opened in 1870, and renovated in 1986. The line extends 95 metres up a 48-degree slope. The two step-structured carriages carry passengers up to Buda Castle whilst also amazing them with a matchless view. The Funicular Railway runs every day from 7.30 am till 10 pm. In periods of high demand it runs continually to a maximum of every ten minutes in periods of low demand.

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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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    For the lazy

    by muratkorman Written Aug 13, 2007

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    Using the funicular may be helpful if you are very tired and you don't have enough energy to climb upto Buda castle in a hot summer day. It is a short distance and for sure it is not worth the money you spend on it. However, to try once would be ok.

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    Up to Castle Hill / Funicular

    by Airpunk Written Sep 11, 2008

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    There are many ways to get up to castle hill. Worth to mention are the two gates at the northern and southern end of the hill. Stairs are found on the eastern side, all close to the tunnel/Clark Adam ter. At Clark Adam ter, you’ll also find a funicular railway (Sikló) which was built in 1870. It was destroyed during WWII and rebuilt long after its end – in 1986. It operates (with some exceptions) daily between 07:30 and 22:00, single way tickets are available from around 600 ft. Note that an uphill ticket costs more than a downhill ticket.

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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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    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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    Funicular from Chain Bridge to Castle

    by stevieUK Written Nov 16, 2004

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    Funicular up to the Palace from the Chain Bridge

    Worth taking a trip up (200 HUN). Walk down and enjoy the view.
    Suggest walking down paths to left as reach the top. If walking up go up steps across the roundabout to right of Fornicular as face it (some great views both ways).
    Alternatively the bus from the top arrives at Moscow square which is an odd place to wander round (and has the trams 4 &6 to get you back across the river).

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    Pleasant ride from the Clark square to the castle

    by 1courage Written Jun 1, 2008

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    I think that itís not at all difficult climbing the Castle hill, so I don`t select the funicular too often. However for a tourist it`s almost obbligatory going up this way for the nice panorama.
    The funicular works in a very easy way. There are two trains and two rails. These 2 trains are linked by a highly resistent steel rope. While one is at the upper station, the second is at the nether one, and when the upper departs, also the other starts to move. It`s so simple.
    The funicular started to work in 1870, but later it was transformed a bit. In the second World war it was badly damaged and it was repaired only in 1986. Since this year it`s possible taking it each day from 7.30 to 22.00.
    The mosaics that you find right next to the lower station are also worthy of note. This is a lovely coat of arms wich the comunists didn`t like at all, so they walled it up for more than 40 years. After the fall of the communism, at the beginning of the 1990`s it was restored to it`s original beauty and today it`s one of the symbols of Budapest.

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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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    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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