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Buda-Past: Rebirth Of An Iconic Building Of Budapest

By Robert Velkey // 2017.09.21.

Do you have an idea which iconic Budapest building can be seen on this vintage photograph, and approximately when it was taken?

The story of the building begins in 1860 in Budapest. At that time, the horse tramway was built with the support of Béla Festetich. Even then, the area was a popular hiking area. Until 1896 the trams were run by horsepower; only after the nation’s millennium celebrations in 1896 (a huge, World’s Fair-esque event celebrating 1000 years of Hungary’s existence) would electric tramways be introduced. After four fatal accidents, the station was relocated to a flatter area.

Over the course of the years, the building underwent many reconstructions, and unfortunately ruination also. It even became a house at one point, and used to be a “ghost-castle” as it was standing there empty out of use. In the mid-20th century, the building was abandoned and seriously damaged due to out of usage.

However, the building can be named one of the world’s most beautiful tramway stop once again. The reconstruction works, started earlier this year, has been completed recently . After the rebirth, of the tramway stop of Zugliget has regained its former splendor:

Close to the building, visitors will find the end of the cableway that can be used to take a cool ride up to the János-Hill.


photos:; Zsolt Demecs / MTI