Budapest streets and views, Budapest
Budapest by night is a must see...
Just stroll along the 'Corso' or any of the "main" bridges. The Chain Bridge, Elisabeth Bridge or Margaret Bridge. Either side you'll be, there's gonna be a stunningly lit up, lively scenery to remember.
The historic center of Pest used to be situated between Lánchíd and Szabadság-híd. This is what we call the city center even today, officially it is the southern part of the 5th district. The main street in the city is the pedestrian street Váci utca. The center is surrounded by the “Small Boulevard” Kiskörút, which consits of Károly körút, Múzeum körút and Vámház körút. Liberty Bridge
From the Pest end of the Margit-híd runs a semicircular avenue, built after Parisian pattern. This is called the “Nagykörút” meaning Grand Boulevard. It reaches the Danube at both ends joining Margit-híd on the north and Petőfi-híd on the south. Grand Boulevard is the overall name of Szt. István-, Teréz-, Erzsébet-, Teréz- anf József-körút.
Favorite thing: beautifull square in the edge of Deak ter that open up vorosmarty area and vaci utca..pedestrian and shooping street ...its a beautiful street full of buildings without balconies so weird for a catalonian like me
This square is one of the most central in Pest. Its also can be the first sight that tourists see when they arrive Budapest from north (Berin, Prague, Bratislava)...
When you will get out of the station you will find a crowded and active street (Terez korut). In the square area you will find a Supermarket, West End shopping center, some old beautiful buildings (you will notice the big commercial signs on them) and many taxi drivers that will take you to any place at very high price... so take it as a last option to get to the center. A better way of getting into the Downtown is by M3 (Just under the train station) that will take you to Deak ter and from there you can change metro line and get to your destination.
Fondest memory: This is one of the places that i have been in them the most in my visits to Budapest, it was a starting point to many of my tours.
Budapest is a city with an impressive architecture and beautiful bridges, yet, it is not a "tourist" place like Prague for instance.
Fondest memory: Walking, walking, walking...to feel the athmosphere you have to spend some time for walking
These two sites are right near each other and in the same square. So if you are thinking of visiting these sites on different days, you should consider seeing them on the same day.
The 1956 Memorial commemmorates those killed in the 1956 uprising when Soviet tanks moved in to quell the uprising. 2500 Hungarians were killed and over 10,000 wounded. The Hungarian flag that flies here has a hole in it, a symbol of the rebellion.
The Parliament building was build in a gothic style. At 96 metres it is one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest along with St. Stephen's Basilica. 96 is also symbolic of the nation's millenium, 1896, and the conquest of the Kingdom of Hungary in 896. On the façade, statues of Hungarian rulers, Transylvanian leaders and famous military people are to be seen. I enjoyed seeing it at night because it looks creepy, imo.
The square is easily accessible with line 2 of the Budapest metro, Lajos Kossuth Ter.
Astoria ter is known because of the Astoria hotel that situated at the intersection. This is also a central point if you wanna get to the city center of Pest and to Vaci utca.
Its accessible by M2.
Fondest memory: There is a big tunnel under the square with a lot of sleeves to many boulevards, try not to get lost.
Favorite thing: Vorosmarty Ter is one of the central meeting points in Budapest and is situated at the northern end of Vaci street. With Deak Ferenc metro station, St Stephen's Basilica, Quayside restaurants and the Pest concert hall and all the Vaci Street shops just a few minutes walk away, it is a great place to wait for friends, or sit and watch the world go by.
I enjoy walking in the Budapest centre, looking at buildings and admiring the architecture. But Budapest in condemned to renovation. Although the city centre looks great and you can wander around exploring its treasures, there are some uglier parts of the city that are usually not visited by tourist (especially industrial area). But in those parts its clearly visible, how people live in Budapest. The glamour for tourists is not there. Typical houses look modest, small and are mostly square shaped with one floor only. There is a small green garden around them. Its just the opposite of what you see in this picture!
Fondest memory: The Budapest allways gives me this feeling of freedom and mixing cultures. I am also crazy about all those spas - and I had yet begun to explore them! Budapest is a mosaic of history periods, people, nations. I love that cosmopolitan feeling! I even love the language barrier - don't try to guess what they are saying - its impossible!. You can't even guess the words for women or men when heading for the toilet!
I start my Budapest street tips with this lovely street with begins at the Roosevelt square (Pest bridgehead of the Chain bridge) and goes straight into the Szent István square (the basilica).
This was the first street that has been completely pedestrianized recently as part of the project whose purpose is trasforming the city centre a liveable place with more green, more pedestrian areas and less cars. This project`s name is Budapest`s heart project and we are only at the beginning: within c.ca 10 years hopefully we can see a completely different city centre.
Since it`s transformation and since the car traffic was banned (still I see some cars parking there, dunno why) the Zrínyi street is one of the nicest places in Budapest and I think it is a very positive sign for the future.
'Tree of Liberty' /Szabadsag Fa/Vajdahunyad Vara,Castel of Vajdahunyad. The Tree is close to the Washington Monument.
It was given as a present to the habitant of Budapest by workers of the Monumental General Insurance Campany,USA,MD,Baltimore,on the day: 08.29.1990
From 1991-1994 I worked not far from these place, and when I had free time came here and had a pray for a Lady ... She was pregnant with her 4th child. From that time new borne son become a young man and lives in Baltimore. Sometimes he visit Budapest.(Today is 15 June 2005)
Just walking across the Freedom Bridge from the Gellert Hill passing the main market, then turning into Raday utca and sitting outside drinking a cappucino watching the Hungarians and tourists passing by.
Fondest memory: The corner of Raday utca.....
Favorite thing: Visit regularly http://budapestdailyreview.com/dailyphotos for pictures of Budapest, so you'll have an idea by the time you'd get there. These will show you different images from what most site do: trying to avoid cliches and tourist traps. After your visit, it'll give you a good opportunity to remember too.
Budapest has a lot to offer to visitors, historical sites and monuments, beautiful architecture, famous baths, east european society changing to western lifestyle and friendly people.
Fondest memory: - Gellert bath
- Parliament building
- Budapest castle
About 13-14 years ago I came here at first, to the
'Tree of Liberty'.Europe,Hungary,Budapest.
It that time the tree was a little and somebody wanted to killed it....therefore he/she cut it with the nife...But the Tre of Liberty was strong and live...Today he is giving plant to the people to drink tee as a medicament...to be healthy. It is linden-tree.Thank God for it.
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