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The Children's Railway

This railway was first constructed under Soviet rule in 1948 to teach children duty, responsibility, and service to a more significant cause. For years, service was a mandated - yet highly honorable - part of nearly every childhood. Today, school kids between the ages of 10 and 14 volunteer for every job on the rail line outside of engineering and driving; adults take care of those. All that is left for visitors to do is sit back, relax and marvel at the Buda Hills' lush scenery. 

When it comes time for the journey, children sell the tickets at the window and check them as passengers board the train. Another child sees the engine off as it departs the station and begins its route. Riders are seated in open-air carriages on wooden bench seats. Serene forest views surround both sides of the tracks.   

As the train arrives at its first stop, travelers may disembark to explore the sights, including the Elizabeth Lookout Tower, the highest viewing point in Budapest, or stay on the train to proceed to the next station. Those who leave the train are also welcome to explore the hiking trails that adorn the Buda Hills. Austrian Oak, Beech, and Ash trees hug the narrow-gauge tracks and add another dimension to the views. The train weaves through a tunnel and past beautiful homes as it climbs through the hillside The final stop on the line comes as the train arrives at  Széchenyi Hill. Guests can continue to any of the nearby sights from this point or ride the  Budapest Cogwheel Railway back down the hillside to  Városmajor. In total, the ride from  Hűvösvölgy to  Széchenyihegy takes between 45 and 50 minutes to complete. 

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