Industrial Tourism Attractions

Industrial Tourism Attractions in Hungary

The Transportation Museum Budapest

Is one of Europe's oldest transportation collections and has several sections:
Railway: it has a unique collection of locomotives and railway cars on a 1 : 5 scale and shows also a locomotive and wagon in real size with a railway station of the 1900s.
Road traffic: horse-drawn and machine-driven vehicles, road and bridge building with a collection of old cars, motorcycles and bicycles.
Sailing: starting from the prehistoric ages, the history of Hungarian boat manufacturing, shown by models.
Flight and space flight: includes original Hungarian and foreign airplanes, a Junkers F-13, the first all-metal transport aircraft. It also has the cabin of the first Hungarian astronaut, Bertalan Farkas. The development of engines and instruments and modern rocket engineering techniques are demonstrated.

The Hungarian Railway Museum

Was opened on the 14th of July 2000 in the former Budapest North Depot of the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV). It is Europe's first interactive railway museum and it displays over a hundred railway vehicles and equipment of varying ages on a site of over 70,000 square meters.

The Underground Railway Museum Budapest

It is located in a former terminus station, which was converted to an exhibition hall in 1975, and is accessed from the pedestrian subway that serves the platforms that are now in use. The principal exhibits are passenger carriages that date from the opening of the line in 1896, and others used on the Budapest Metro in the 20th century. The 1896 underground electric railway, 3.7 kilometers in length, conveyed visitors to the exhibition staged in that year to mark the millennium of the Hungarian nation. This line, now called M1, was the nucleus of a much larger Metro network serving the city and its suburbs that grew up during the 20th century.

Narrow Gauge Railways Hungary

The former Austria-Hungary empire had a narrow gauge (760 or 600 mm) rail network of thousands of kilometers in length, constructed between 1870 and 1920. Landlords, mines, agricultural and forest estates established their own branch lines which, as they united into regional networks, increasingly played a role in regional passenger traffic. Following the Treaty of Trianon, some railways were cut by the new border, many remaining on the territory of Romania, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. From 1968, the Communist government started to implement a policy to dismantle the narrow-gauge network in favor of road traffic. Presently 45 lines survived, a lot of them rehabilitated for touristic purposes, totalizing about 400 kilometers and preserving the original locomotives and carriages. Some of them include: Almamellék ~ Balatonfenyves ~ Budapest children ~ Csömödér ~ Debrecen, "e;Zsuzsi"e; ~ Debrecen, funfair ~ Felsőtárkány ~ Gemenc ~ Gyöngyös ~ Hortobágy ~ Kaszó ~ Kemence ~ Kecskemet ~ Királyrét ~ Lillafüred ~ Mecsek children ~ Mesztegnyő ~ Nagybörzsöny ~ Nagycenk ~ Nyireghaza ~ Pálháza ~ Pécs ~ Szegvár ~ Szilvásvárad ~ Szob.

The Children's Railway Budapest

Is a 11.2 kilometers long narrow gauge railway line inaugurated in 1948 which connects Széchényi-hegy and Hűvösvölgy. The former name of the line was Úttörővasút - Pioneer Railway, in reference to the communist scout. Except the train driver, all of the posts are operated by children aged 10 to 14 under adult supervision. It is the world's largest children's railway.