Updated: March 20 2023
The Millennium Underground Railway
The M1 underground railway line in Budapest is the world's first electrified urban rail line, and it was completed in 1896. It is also referred to as the Millennium Underground Railway, Metro 1, or "the small underground" by the locals. It's the oldest section of Budapest's metro system and provides a glimpse into the city's glorious past.
The route of M1 line
The underground line runs under Andrássy Avenue, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it passes some of Budapest's iconic landmarks. At its starting point, it's known as "metro zero," and it starts at the terminus station of Vörösmarty square. From here, the line travels towards the City Park, covering the distance of approximately 5 kilometers in total.
Places to visit along the M1 line
The Millennium Underground line runs beneath some of Budapest's essential places of interest. Tourists can visit the Opera House, Heroes' Square, Vajdahunyad Castle, Szechenyi Thermal Baths, and more by traveling on this historic subway. The Opera House is an impressive neoclassical building with a beautiful interior. Heroes' Square is known for its impressive statues and monuments, while Szechenyi Thermal Baths is a must-visit to experience the thermal baths from the 19th century.
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