Narcisz Street 2, Veszprem, 8200, Hungary
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Travel Tips for Veszprem
Streets near the Castle
If You arrive to the little street that goes to the main square of Veszprém, you will see some very lovely houses and restaurants.
Here you got 2 choices.
1. (The wrong)go immediately to the castle
2. (The good choice) See the other parts of the city
This part is the very centre of the city. However it`s well worth taking a look to the other parts of the innercity. You cannot miss the street-you will shortly see a huge white building, one of the finest architectual masterpiece of the city....-->
The city park
In the very well kept city Park you can find two nice statues, a theatre and of course lots of green:
1. The Erzsébet/statue (Queen Elisabeth-Sissy)
2. The Petőfi theatre, built in popular secessionist style on plans of Medgyaszay István in 1908.
3. And near the theatre the Petőfi statue. Petőfi is one of the biggest hungarian poets, and he was an actor himself. A curiosity: he died exactly on the day I write his tip, on the 31th of july 1849 in a battle at Segesvár.
4. You can see here a section of the old external city walls
The Rákóczi street
This little street leads you to the main square of the city. The buildings of this street anticipate you the style of those in the main square: not really tall (1-2 floors), very coloured houses, trees and banks, souveneer shops, cafés and restaurants.
Veszprém castle-the street and the Main Gate
It`s the little Vár (vár=castle in hungarian) street that brings you up to the Castle. As you can notice, it`s not the gothic or othe medieval styles to caracterize the architecture of the castle. It`s not at all a surprise. Although the Veszprém castle resisted to the mongolian army, in the turkish era from 1552 to 1686 it was occupied by the turks and than liberated 10 times with the almost "obbligatory" senseless devastation. Than also Leopold, the habsburg emperor most hated by the hungarians (and vice versa) burned up the castle in 1708. Only in the baroque era began the reconstruction and the construction of the new palace, but fortunatley some very old and precious parts remained intact or almost intact even after these 2 sad centuries.
The Main gate of the castle is not original: it was built in 1936 to commemorate the casualities of the first WW. Near the gate you can see other examples of the incorporation of the wall in the later built houses.
The charming baroque building on pic N.3 was the bilding of the fire department in the 1800`s.
Views from the Fire tower I-the Old town square
-->...the main square. The building on the left is the City hall, while the one on the right with the baroque ornaments on the facade is again the Pósa house. Do you see that one covered on the second pic? Since 2003 I see that building in the same shape: since 4 years nobody continues the reconstruction. I would be very curious of what`s going on, but not even this time I managed to recieve some infos:) Probably there is some kind of a action at law or something. Well I hope that next year it will be finally restored. (I say it every single year>;-) ).
On the third pic you can see a cute little yard in the castle with the walls.
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