Yesterday's update at RoamHungary was based on a trip made to the highest point of Budapest, János Hill. (János translates to John in English.) The fun way to reach the summit is the lift chair called Libegő. The lower station of Libegő in Zugliget is easily accessible using bus line no. 158 from Moszkva Square.
The chairlift track is 1040 m long, its vertical rise 262 m and the travel time of the two person chairs is 12 minutes. Libegő started in 1970.
Having arrived at the János Hill summit station a few minutes walk takes on to the hill top where the Erzsébet lookout tower is located. Erzsébet translates to Elizabeth in English and refers to Franz Joseph's wife, Sissy. The lookout tower goes by the Belvedere Tower name, as well. Its architect was Frigyes Schulek, the same man who designed two more top attractions in Budapest: Fisherman's Bastion in Buda Castle and the reconstruction of Matthias Church just next to the bastion.
János Hill is one of the several mounts dividing Budapest from the area west of it. The lookout tower on the hill top offers great vistas to all directions.
Posted on: January 12, 2009 11:17 (CET)