Budapest’s Underground Railway Museum is Cool, Albeit Geeky

I am a bit of a fan of trains. I think until I was 10 years old, my main career path was focused on being a train conductor. So, whenever I’m in a place and they have some kind of mechanical or train museum, I usually try to go.
Budapest has a museum that is better than most, which is the Underground Railway Museum. It’s at Deák tér in what used to be the platform for that station until the mid-20th century. The museum is rather small and one could probably whip through it in about 30 minutes, but it is definitely cheap, costing just one Metro ticket (a bit less than 1€) and it’s really quite informative, with everything in Hungarian and English. You have to be a geek like me to get in to the history of the whole thing, but Budapest did have the first underground railroad on the European continent, which opened in 1896 (London being the first in Europe as well as the world in 1864.) So seeing the history and construction of the three lines, as well as the work on the fourth, and seeing the original cars that they used is quite cool. It appears that I might be one of the few people who feels this way as the museum was completely empty when I was there, which is too bad as it’s a great spot to take kids if you’re traveling with the family.
Unfortunately I didn’t make it out to their full Public Transport Museum which has an even bigger display. Perhaps the next time I’m in Budapest I’ll make it there.
Budapest's Underground Railway Museum is Cool, Albeit Geeky

2 Replies to “Budapest’s Underground Railway Museum is Cool, Albeit Geeky”

  1. This has to be a lovely place to visit. I’ll keep it in mind when I visit Budapest… some day soon, I hope.
    All the best from Peru.

    1. Make sure you do. It’s a fast stop on the way to the Chain Bridge or other spots and if you can make it out to the much, much bigger Public Transport Museum, let me hear how it is. I really wish I had made it there too.

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