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Are you ready to head for the hills? No matter your age, you can enjoy the triple-transport triangular trip on the slopes of the Buda Hills. From Széll Kálmán tér, hop on tram No. 61 for two stops to the Cogwheel Railway (Fogaskerekű), which clicks its way up a steep grade to the Children's Train on Széchenyi-hegy (hill).

Cogwheel Railway
Cogwheel Railway

 

Uniformed children, true to the original model of the Soviet Pioneer Scouts, assist in ticketing and boarding the open-air cars. Enjoy the short ride across the wooded ridge. Get off at the fourth stop, János-hegy, where you will find the path to a terrace bufe (cafe) for refreshments, a playground, and toilet facilities.

Erzsébet Lookout Tower
Erzsébet Lookout Tower

 

Nearby, the Erzsébet Lookout Tower, four stories high and on the highest point of Budapest (529m/1,736 ft), is worth the climb. There is no fee. When ready to return to the Danube area, take your seats on the gently descending Chair Lift (Libegő), and marvel at the spectacular views of the city. Just outside the exit, bus No. 22 will take you to Széll Kálmán tér. The whole triangle can be done in reverse too. For those who may want more outdoor action, check with Tourinform for hiking trails atop the Buda Hills.

Chair Lift
Chair Lift

 

It’s hard to believe that such a large expanse of hilly forest is right here within the capital city. There are hiking trails aplenty; every Budapest native has a favorite - do not hesitate to ask around.

It’s hard to believe that such a large expanse of hilly forest is right here within the capital city. There are hiking trails aplenty; every Budapest native has a favorite - do not hesitate to ask around.

Buda Hills
Buda Hills

 

On a tour to Sváb Hill (Svábhegy) you can set a new record for the use of most types of means of transport in the shortest period of time. Even if this is not your goal, it’s recommended to give a try to the Chair-lift (Libegő), the Children’s Railway (Gyermekvasút) and the Cog-wheel Railway (Fogaskerekű) and the fair distance of walking in between.



If you do it in the above-mentioned order, you can get from the Belvedere Tower (Erzsébet-kilátó) on János Hill (János-hegy) to Sváb Hill.

 

If you want to start at the highest point, you will have to go to János-Hegy (John Hill) where the tower is 529m (1,736 ft) high. On a clear day, you might just see the Tátra Mountains. The best way to get there is the chairlift. The next highest vista is the Citadella (Citadel) on Gellért Hill. The bus only gets you so far, and then you hike up the rest, but it is worth the effort. This is where you’ll find the Lady of Liberty statue viewable from the Pest side. Castle Hill is of course an excellent viewpoint for photographs from both the front of the castle and Fisherman’s Bastion. The best view though is from behind the President of Hungary’s office buildings. Margit Híd (Margaret Bridge), the side across from the island, has a breathtaking view of the river from where the bridge elbows.

Budapest view
Budapest view