The Citadel is one of the most beautiful sights in the city, but it is currently hard to approach.
In the last more than a hundred years, more than a dozen plans have been made to facilitate access of Gellért Hill. This is one of the major hotspots of the city, where a park, a monument, a museum and a bath were planned. Now that the government has decided to renovate the Citadel, which has been empty for years, it has become important to also dust off the funicular plans.
The peak of Gellért Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is not only historically but also touristically important for Budapest, which was visited by hundreds of buses a day during the normal pre-epidemic season - even though not much is expected to do here at the moment. There was a tourist hostel and restaurant in the former "Hungarian Bastille", but the museum is not yet built. According to the government's decision in June, a museum presenting the freedom struggle of the Hungarians will be included in its walls by 2023, after the renovation.
This also made it important to rethink the transport and accessibility of the place, to trigger the influx of tourist buses in a way that is more environmentally friendly and does not burden the access roads or disturb the population. The plan for the funicular (or the lift to be built in the belly of the mountain) had already emerged during the millennium preparations, but was never implemented.
Going back to the present, the government's decision was published last Friday, according to which the case of the Citadel and the Gellérthegy Funicular became a matter of special importance from the point of view of the national economy and an investment of special public interest - quotes welovebudapest.hu. The preparation of the Gellérthegy Funicular will be prepared jointly by the capital and the Budapest Development Center (BFK) - in this case the preparation means the elaboration of the investment and professional concept and a feasibility study. Anyway, the construction started relatively quietly more than a year ago.
After preliminary preparation, the funicular can be built in as little as 12-13 months, they say. Based on its planned route, you will start next to Döbrentei Square, cross Hegyalja Road in a tunnel, then continue on Orom Street to the terminus next to the Citadel, according to Dávid Vitézy's entry. The track, with a total of 300 meters, would have electrically powered, zero-emission and barrier-free cabins of 40 seats each, which could cover the distance in 2 minutes.