The effects of the investment on the world heritage site of Budapest are being investigated based on UNESCO guidelines.
After a tough last year and a considerable loss in tourism, the country is getting back on its feet. Hungary pays special attention to local tourism and its citizens, but the newest development carried out on Gellért Hill on the Buda side will certainly attract foreign tourists a well.
The construction works of the new funicular, which will be very different from the one under the Buda Castle, will begin within months. The company created to carry out the investment is running a complex heritage investigation so that the final project would comply with all world heritage guidelines, writes turizmus.com.
Member states of the World Heritage Convention, created in 1972, agree to protect and safeguard the locations and sites of the world heritage list.
Hungary currently has 8 locations on the list. One of them is
Budapest, with one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world, involving the Castle District in Buda, the two shores of the River Danube, and the Andrássy Avenue.
Experts of culture, history, archaeology, landscape, and environmental protection are scanning the Gellért Hill area and giving further suggestions to better respect the guidelines.
As part of the land survey, the team made visuals depicting the view we will see from the most important tourist spots – among others Margaret Bridge, the Parliament, Vigadó Square, and Erzsébet Bridge. The aim is to have a picture of how the funicular will look from these places and how it will transform the panorama, said Imre Walton, the general manager of Gellérthegy SIKLÓ Kft.
The funicular will make a hundred-year-old plan come to life, for which the company has been working for one and a half decades.
The entrance will be under Hegyalja Road, so the
funicular will leave from an underpass and actually rise from under the ground after a 100-metre-long distance, finally arriving at Orom Street
where it will continue to elevate until the final stop right under the Citadella Promenade. The last stop will be directly linked to the promenade but will not reach it.
The funicular will also make it possible to ban double-decker tourist buses, of which 300-400 circulate a day during the busiest seasons, from the streets around the hill.
It will take a weight off the district’s streets and improve the air quality. Moreover, the bus and car parking area under the hill might also become a completely green field.
According to plans,
cabins will transport 50 passengers at once in under one and a half minutes.
Thus, they can carry 1,200 people per hour.
The contractor will plant 900 pre-cultivated trees to replace those 94 they need to cut down to execute the plans.