This pedestrian walk stretches along the Danube in Pest from Mircius 15. tér to Roosevelt tér. Outdoor cafes and benches sprawl out next to hotel fronts - all with ample breathing room around them (usually a rarity in this part of town). The motor traffic has been cleverly tucked away on the other side of the tram line. There are great views of Castle Hill, looming over the other side of the Danube. Sitting on the railings along the tram line at Vigadó tér is the cast-iron "Little Princess," a true Korzó gender-bender. See if you don`t agree with us that she`s really a boy.
The Liberation Monument, a...
The Liberation Monument, a striking statue of a woman holding a palm leaf aloft, commemorates the Soviet liberation of Budapest. After Communism's fall, the monument was simplified to represent nothing about its association with Russia. Today its base stands two allegorical compositions, one representing progress and the other, the battle with evil.
The Jewish District
This is the district's largest square and its historic center. A dusty park and renovated playground fill the interior of the square.
At Klauzál tér 11, you'll find the District Market Hall (Vásárcsarnok)
One of the half dozen or so great steel-girdered market halls built in Budapest in the 1890s, this one is rather run-down and now houses a Skála grocery store. The entrance area is filled with smaller vendors selling fruit or vegetables.Walk down Dob utca, this is where I live in the week and work when I'm not in Nagykata. I live opposite the Kosher Bolt (shop) next to the Carl Lutz Memorial.On the right, against a cement wall near the corner of Rumbach utca and Dob utca, is the rather bizarre-looking Memorial to Charles Lutz the Swiss consul who aided Wallenberg's heroic attempts to save Budapest's Jews from the Nazi death camps. The inscription from the Talmud reads: "Saving one soul is the same as saving the whole world." Another, rather lonely, memorial to Wallenberg stands on Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor, far away in Buda. Ghetto Wall
This wall kept Budapest's Jews inside this district during World War II. This is not actually where it stood, however; it was situated on Károly körút, the nearby stretch of the Inner Ring boulevard.
To the left of the wall, on the spot marked as the birthplace of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, is the National Jewish Museum
Yeah, I know, I never thought I would recommend a Hilton as "Off the beaten path" tip. LOL
But it is true. This hotel was built in 1976 and was the best hotel in Budapest back then. In the meantime other, better hotels were built, especially those in restored old buildings are now top of the rank. However, the Hilton is special: It occupies the grounds of former monasteries. Old structures are preserved and can be visited. The facade to Hess Andras ter is that of the former Jesuit monastery in beautiful late Baroque style. To the left of that facade is the Gothic tower of the former Dominican monastery to see, at the facade the monument of King Matthias Corvinus - which, btw, is modelled after the monument in Bautzen, Germany (see my Bautzen page) - and behind that tower relics of the cloisters are also preserved. To the two remaining wings of the Gothic cloisters were two wings in modern style added, forming a nice courtyard where open-air events take place in summer. Entrance is left of the tower through the shopping arcade.
Location: Buda old town on the hill, next to St. Matthew church
Those who have seen some of my...
Those who have seen some of my other pages will know of my love for a good bath house. Budapest has many bath-house gems, and the mother lode is the baths at the Hotel Gellert. It's like a cathedral in there. In 1995, they charged us about US$6 to spend the entire day in there, swimming in indoor and outdoor pools, dunking ourselves in hot mineral baths, and sweating it out in the steam rooms. There are other places to go too, but the Gellert is more or less Mecca for the bath-crazy.