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).
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.
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.