Today I ventured out into the Budda Hills. I started from the square by the school and walked a short distance to the cog-wheel train that goes up, up, up about 2 miles into the Budda Hills. I then took the Children's Railway:
The Children's Railway is located in the west of the city of Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. Its eleven-kilometre-long, narrow gauge line runs through the woods of the hills of the city on the Buda side.
It is often called "the greatest child toy of the world," but it is not entirely true. Children aged 10 to 14 control the traffic and commercial services provided but strictly according to regulations of any other railway line of the State Railways of Hungary (MÁV Rt).
The engines are driven by adult engineers, and children on duty, are continuously supervised by adult railway employees. Apart from that, children do their jobs, operate the switches and signals, print tickets and keep passengers informed, on their own.
The Children's Railway in Budapest is not a unique institution of its kind. But it has always been by far the largest, most popular and serious one of them all in the world.
The majority of the ride was through the woods and I could see hiking paths in all directions. At one point, I could have caught a chairlift from a ski area back down, however there was thunder and lightening and it just didn't seem like a good idea!
Round trip took me about two hours. Unfortunately, I did not have much of a view of the city due to the filled out foilage and the rain! Three different classes of school children got on and off along the way and really seemed to enjoy the ride.