Saturday, 21 may 2016

Steam hauled train to the Danube-bend

Our one day trip nostalgia train departs from Nyugati Railway Station of Budapest heading the picturesque Danube-bend. You can travel in the most beautiful vintage carriages pulled by a steam engine. This way you can feel what it felt like travelling by train in the “Good Old Days”.

Kismaros is located 45 kilometres north of Budapest on the eastern bank of the Danube river, just above the bend where the river changes course and flows south. The village is seated at the foot of the Börzsöny Hills on the outskirts of the Carpathians.
The village’s history dates back to the 18th century when Germans from the Black Forest came to settle down in the area. The word Maros derives from the Latin "Mures" word and means waterfront, village or fortress. Agriculture specifically the cultivation of grapes and other fruits provided living for most residents. Today’s Kismaros is a busy suburban settlement of Budapest. From Kismaros leads a narrow-gauge forest railway through Szokolya Királyrét.
Nagymaros is a medieval city, opposite side of the Danube is Visegrad, they were twin towns during the reign of Charles Robert. Featured role lost only during the Turkish occupation. Today, a major resort on the Danube Bend, a major water sports base. It has a 14th century Gothic-style Roman Catholic Temple. It has an artists’ colony.
Zebegény: The village houses belonging to Saint Michael Hill (485 m) where they were built. Slovak loggers and settlers from southern Germany took part in the settling after the Turkish times. The Classicist Calvary stands almost in the middle of the village. The village is also famous for the painter István Szőnyi, who lived here. His Studio house is now a museum. The village’s another interesting exhibition is the Marine Historical Museum of a retired captain.

On the day of our train’s arrival the Flower Olympics event will be held in Zebegény. The Flower Olympic’s program coming soon...

Szob: The town, where Ipoly confluence away, rich in archaeological finds.  After the Turkish occupation rebounding village baroque church was built between 1775 and 1778. It has a museum of archaeological findings in the area of the villages along the Ipoly costumes, folk furniture and everyday objects.

The assembly runs buffet car where you can purchase refreshments.

Ticket prices
•    Adult - AcBc sitting car Return ticket: 5990 HUF/person
•    Adult - upholstered seat  Return ticket: 7990 HUF/ person - Sold out!
•    Adult - wooden bench Return ticket: 5990 HUF/ person - Sold out!

•    Children - AcBc sitting car (between 4-14 years of age) Return ticket: 4490 HUF/ person
•    Children - upholstered seat (between 4-14 years of age) Return ticket: 6490 HUF/ person - Sold out!
•    Children - wooden bench (between 4-14 years of age) Return ticket: 4490 HUF/ person - Sold out!
•    Children - upholstered seat, AcBc sitting car or wooden bench (under 4 years of age): free of charge

Optional packages (Sold out!)

I. Zebegény

We travel up to Zebegény with our nostalgia train. In Zebegény we take a walk and have a view of the Havas Boldogasszony plébániatemplom (parish church, roman-catholic chuch), which is an unique creation of 20. century’s church architecture. This hungarian Art Nouvean buliding was made between 1908 and 1910 on the basis of Kós Károly’s plans. We continue our walk to the Kálvária-domb (Calvary) and to the Sziklakápolna (rock chapel). On the top of the hill, there are the national flag and national heroes memorial park, and the latest pride of Zebegény The viewpoint, which was inaugurate in summer of 2015. it has a magnificent view of the Danube bend. We walk back to the town, and during that trip we can admire Szent-Erzsebet fount, what is supplying the city with clean water from 1957. And we visit the Hajózástörténeti Múzeum (Shipping Historical Museum) too.
We pass over the seven-hole viaduct called „Héthíd” which built when they extended the first railway line of Hungary (Vác-Párkánynána  railway line shaping) Our walk ends on the old main street of the city where we found the colorfully painted wooden „Sunflower Houses”.
Until our steam hauled train start back we take a three course lunch, and after that we have some freetime.

Price 4.000,- HUF/person. Up to 4 free (without seat and without separated portion of food)
The Programme includes the guided tour in Hungarian language, the ticket for the Shipping-Historical Museum, the three courses lunch, one cup of tea or coffee.

II. Kismaros

We take the nostalgia train to Kismaros.  We take a short walk from the train station of Kismaros to the terminus of the Királyrét Forest Railway (narrow-gauge). We get the forest railway up to Királyrét. During a Hungarian language guided tour we get a lot of information about the history and wildlife of Királyrét and we cross some runnel too, and have a look to a derelict iron mine. After the trip we get a two courses lunch, following by some freetime and a possibility to try the handcart track near the terminus featuring uphill and downhill sections.

Tickets can be bought till 16th May 2016 at MÁV Nostalgia ticket office, Budapest Nyugati (West) Station at platform 10.
Telephone: (+36 1) 269-5242


Budapest Nyugati Railway Station – Szob
Budapest-Nyugati Railway Station - departure: 9:15
Dunakeszi-Gyártelep - departure: 9:41
Vác - departure: 10:01
Kismaros - arrival: 10:26
Nagymaros-Visegrád - arrival: 10:33
Zebegény - arrival: 10:44
Szob - arrival: 10:53 
Szob - Budapest-Nyugati Railway Station
Szob - departure: 17:29
Zebegény - departure: 17:35
Nagymaros-Visegrád - departure: 17:45
Kismaros - departure: 17:53
Vác - arrival: 18:08
Dunakeszi-Gyártelep - arrival: 18:27
Budapest-Nyugati Railway Station - arrival: 19:04
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