Saturday, 24 september 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 lost only role during the Turkish occupation. Today, a major resort on the Danube, 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 in southern Germany took part in the introductions 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: Ipoly confluence away. Rich in archaeological finds. The resort town character. 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 - upholstered seat  Return ticket: 7990 HUF/ person
•    Adult - wooden bench Return ticket: 5990 HUF/ person 
•    Children - upholstered seat (between 4-14 years of age) Return ticket: 6490 HUF/ person
•    Children - wooden bench (between 4-14 years of age) Return ticket: 4490 HUF/ person
•    Children - upholstered seat or wooden bench (under 4 years of age): free of charge

Optional packages

A) 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 historic 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 coursies 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

Schedule (proposed)

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14. 14th February Valentine Day Candle-light Express 23. Experience Train to the Meat Jelly Festival in Miskolc
15. 15. PIVO Express - Expreience Train to Brno
01. 01. Excursion by Steam Hauled Sissi Train to Gödöllõ on Eastern Monday 13. 19. Candle-light Express 20. Márai Express - Expreience Train to Kassa, the European Capital of Culture, Slovakia 27. Steam-clouded excursion to Cuha-valley 27. Haydn Express - Experience Train to Eisenstadt, Austria
04. 11. 16. Our Lady Pilgrims' Train to Csíksomlyó - Managed by Misszió Tours 18. Steam-hauled train excursion to the Danube Bend 22. Danube Express - Transylvanian Eastbound 25. 25th May Experience Train to Semmering 26. 26.
05. 07. Music Express to Gödöllõ 08. 08. Silver Salamander Express 15. 15. Excursion to Railway Vehicle Show in Bratislava by Árpád motor-coach 22. 50-year-old NOHAB - Midsummer Night's Dream Expressz By NOHAB Locomotive to Wachau, Austria 22. 24. Black Madonna Pilgrimss' Train to Czestohowa - Managed by Misszió Tours
06. K. u. K Express to Vienna with Experience Train 12. Two Friends Express to Krakkow
18. 19. ©vejk Express - Experience Train to Prague 20. Steam-clouded trip to Gödöllõ - Visiting Sissy Palace 31.
06. 07. Steam-hauled train excursion to the Danube Bend 14. 18. 21. Experience Train to Pannonhalma and Zirc 21. 27. Candle-light Express 28. 28. 28. Danube Express - The Central European 28.
05. Hegyalja Express - Experience Train to the Vintage Festival in Tokaj 12. Experience Train to Semmering 26. Experience Train to the Sausage Festival of Csaba 26. Halloween Train to Transylvania
11. Martin's Day Candle-light Express 22. 30. Advent Express - Experience Train to Vienna from Szeged
13. Advent Express - Experience Train to Vienna for Advent, Austria 14. Advent Express - Experience Train to Vienna for Advent, Austria 20. Advent Candle-light Express dining train 21. Advent Express - Experience Train to Vienna for Advent, Austria
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