Construction on the Gellért Hill funicular could start in a few months.
As part of the preparations, a World Heritage impact assessment will be carried out to ensure the project meets all World Heritage criteria. External experts will assess the cultural, historical, archaeological, landscape and nature conservation aspects of the project and make recommendations.
The plans for the funicular were drawn up by KÖZTI Zrt., one of Hungary’s leading architectural firms in the field of monument protection. The funicular will start from an underpass in the Tabán area, run underground for about 100 meters, then continue up on a 3–4-meter-high track to a station connected to the Citadel promenade.
The funicular will replace tourist buses, which have caused a lot of traffic in the area and poor air quality; due to this switch, the entire bus and car parking lot will be converted into green space. Fifty passengers are expected to fit on the funicular at a time, with a journey time of less than one and a half minutes, making it possible to take 1,200 people per hour to the top of Gellért Hill.
The project will also require the cutting down of some trees, more than a third of which will have to be felled simply because of their poor health. To replace the trees, nearly 900 pre-grown trees will be planted at locations to be specified later.
The Gellért Hill funicular seeks to serve the interests of the country, the capital, the environment and the local population at the same time and will contribute to a modern and sustainable image of Budapest in the 21st century, making the capital an even more attractive destination, the CEO of Gellérthegyi SIKLÓ Kft. said.