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Időkerék (Time Wheel)

Időkerék (Time Wheel) Review

Against a lovely backdrop of tall plane trees and spruces at the edge of City Park just off Felvonulás tér—a huge parking lot along Dózsa György út that in decades past was used for communist rallies—is the world's largest hourglass. Aimed more at portraying time rather than measuring it, the Time Wheel is made of granite, stainless steel, and glass that allows you to watch (or imagine) a fine trickle of sand flow from top to bottom, it is 8 meters (26 feet) in diameter and weighs a whopping 60 tons. Once a year, on December 31, the top chamber empties out, and then the wheel is turned a half-circle along the track it is set in, always the same way, so the upper and lower chambers switch places, and the sand begins flowing once again.

    Contact Information

  • Address: District XIV, Városliget, Városliget, Budapest
  • Metro M1: Hősök tere.
  • Location: Around Andrássy út
Updated: 06-22-2011

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