Buda Castle Funicular Railway – Hungary 2020.

Magyar Posta commemorated the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Buda Castle funicular railway by issuing a special stamp on 11 May 2020. Fifty thousand copies of the special stamp designed by the graphic artist György Kara were produced by ANY Security Printing Company.

The Buda Castle funicular is a special type of railway, which provides one means of reaching the Buda Castle Palace and, as part of the view of the banks of the Danube in Budapest, has featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1987. Originally driven by steam, the funicular was built on the initiative of Count Ödön Széchenyi and was designed by Henrik Wohlfahrt between 1868 and 1870. The inauguration took place on 2 March 1870. The funicular provided its passengers with a splendid vista for 75 years until it was severely damaged in World War II. Operation was suspended until its full reconstruction in 1985. The funicular was reopened on 4 June 1986.

The main motif of the special postage stamp is the BS1 “Margit” car and the Danube panorama with the Chain Bridge. On the first day cover characteristic pictures of the Buda Castle funicular’s track and cars are captured. The special postmark features a stylised drawing of the funicular’s car

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