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Castle Hill Funicular

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The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular or Budavári Sikló is a unique funicular railway in the city of Budapest. It starts at Széchenyi Chain Bridge and goes up to Budavar Pallace.

The building of the line started in the July 1868, the first test run was on 23 October 1869. The Sikló has operated for the public since 2 March 1870. This funicular rail was the second in Europe, only Lyon had a similar transportation system at that time. During the Second World War the cars and the terminals were destroyed by bombs. All were eventually rebuilt and the line was reopened on June 4, 1986. A feature of the line are the two pedestrian foot bridges which cross above it. These were present when the line opened, were removed in 1900 when the castle's garden was extended, and rebuilt to the original design in 1983.

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