A funicular is a type of railway in which a cable attached to a pair of cars on rails moves them up and down a steep slope, such that the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalance each other. That is, as one ascends, the other, descends at precisely the same pace because a cable ties the two cars together. The funicular you see in the first photograph is the tourist’s usual way to the top of Castle Hill in Budapest. The second photograph is the scene a rider in the front car sees on the way down. The suspension bridge in the distance crosses the Danube River to Pest, the flat part of the city.
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