Andrassy Avenue is worth to see even without Christmas decorations (no wonder the whole 2,3 km long road is part of the world heritage since 2002), but the Xmas lights make it even more special.
Even despite the rather cold weather around this time of the year, it's worth walking along the Avenue to catch some Christmas spirit :)
Andrassy Street and Heroes Square Budapest – Andrassy Street is the great boulevard of Budapest. Budapest is an unusual city in that many of the buildings were erected in the 19th Century for the Population explosion – see below. But this building by private nobility took an eclectic approach and you can see the extraordinary mix of styles and ornamentation on such as Andrassy Street.
Andrassy ut is a grand avenue beginning near Deak Ference ter and ending after 2,5 km at Hero’s Square and the City Park. You will find many museums, theatres and the opera along the street. In the end of the street several of the villas has become embassies.
Andrassy ut was constructed in 1872 - 1884, and under the street runs metro line no1, the second underground to be constructed in Europe. At many stretches the street is lined with trees.
Andrassy ut extends from Hero's Park to the central portion of Pest, constructed to honor the Hungarian Millenium between 1872-84. Nearer the park, this wide boulevard is lined by multistory buildings with highly decorated facades ( with occasional upscale restaurants on the ground level). Grassy traffic islands run the length of the boulevard with park like circles at main intersections, most notably Kodaly Korund which houses statues on each of the four quadrants. It is approximately 1.5 miles long, but the subway runs underneath with convenient stops. Features along the way include the Terror House and the Opera House
(not the same).
This busy but very nice street leads to the Varosliget park. We got off the metro at Vorosmarty station to visit the House of Terror museum and decided to walk up Andrassy Road to the park to take in some of the architecture and sites. The street is lined with beautiful Neo-Renaissance mansions, with one of the nicest ensembles located around Kodaly Korond. Several high-end shopping stores (Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Gucci, etc.) are also located on the street, which ends at Heroes' Square, home to the Millenium Monument. Another statue we spotted on the street is that of Aruthur Koestler, who was born in Budapest and wrote the best-selling novel "Darkness at Noon".
Starting near the St. Stephen Basilica, stretching along over two kilometers of the city's finest and most expensive shops and homes, and culminating in the impressive Heroes Square, Andrassy Ut is probably Budapest's most famous streets.
Not only is it a landmark in itself, it also includes landmarks such as the impressive Budapest Opera. It contains many beautiful buildings along its wide tree lined length, and some of these have been taken over by the embassies that hog the pavement at the top end, like South Korea's marvelous miniature pink palace.
It's also the focus of much wining and dining in the city, with many of the best restaurants and bars located near or along it. Some people might be forgiven for thinking that the Oktagon is the center of Budapest's nightlife.
Sewing it all together is the M1 underground, a tourist attraction in its own right. Rattling along just under the Andrassy Ut, the M1 line is the oldest underground line in continental Europe, and the second oldest in the world after the London Underground. You can save your legs by jumping on and off the M1 at any of the quaint old stations along the street.
This is a huge throughfare in Pest that runs all the way up to City Park and Heroes Square.
With the shops and cafes aside, be sure to visit the "Museum Of Terror" and take a look at the "Opera House".
Its a beautiful leafy road with tons of shops and eateries.
All the building along the street are national monuments and they have an eclettic facade. They were built by 1872-1876.
Along the street you can find the Opera, the Postamuzeum and very nice square like Oktogon ter and Kodaly Korond. There are also two museums: Hopp Ferenc Kelet-Azsiai Muvszeti Muzeum (Oriental art which come from the Ferenc Hopp collection) and the Rath Gyotgy Muzeum (Chinese and Japanese art)
The Andrassy Ut is THE main boulevard of Budapest, leading to the Heroes Square. Along the way you`ll find lots of architecture from the 19th and early 20th century, the splendid Opera House, squares, cafes, restaurants and shops. It is quite a long walk if you go all the way to Heroes Square, but extremely worthwhile. Rather take the metro on your return trip !
This is a great plan to visit the city for a day ..its a long path and you can split in two days... one is around the river and the other is more inside Pest with Andrassy Av and surrounding streets and Hero's square
The river trip let to visit the castle and gellert hill abd the parliament the main or most famous streets and squares as vorosmarty and Vaci utca
Andrassy ut is one of the more beautiful streets of Budapest, It is the biggest street of all the town. It is 2350 metres long and 34 metres wide, it starts in Erzsebet ter and it ends in Varosliget. This street was ended in 1884 and it was called Sugar Ut, but following it took the name Andrassy ut. At the end of the Second World War it was called Stalin ut, then Nepkoztarsasag ut and then again Andrassy ut.
Andrassy ut is Budapest's most picturesque street. The tree-lined boulevard is enjoyable to walk from start to finish. It is lined with great architecture, museums, and landmarks from its beginning at Erzsebet ter all the way to its end at Heroes' Square.
Some points of interest are:
Opera House, Terror Museum (former AVO headquarters), Liszt Museum, and some of the statues that stand on the street.
Andrassy Avenue is 2,5 kms long, and it connects the city center with Heroes' Square.
This avenue is lined with attractive Neo-Renaissance houses, once the homes of the aristocracy and well-to-do classes.-
The 3rd oldest underground railway line in the world (after NY and London) runs beneath this avenue.-
La Avenida Andrassy tiene 2,5 km. de largo y conecta el centro de la ciudad con la Plaza de los Héroes. Esta avenida cuenta con bellísimas casas de estilo renacentista, las cuales fueron alguna vez, hogares de la clase arístocrática de Budapest. El tercer subterráneo más antigüo del mundo (luego del de NY y Londres) corre por abajo de esta avenida
If you have an aim to go to Hero's Square, I offer you to give Andrassy Street priority in your trip list. It is a historical street and is accepted as the most beautiful one of Budapest by many. And also, it is a walking distance of Hero's square.
When we came to the beginning of Andrassy Street, we decided to buy a bottle of wine. We walked a liitle, then we sat and enjoyed the wine in this nice, wide, and tree-lined street. We also had chance to see the buildings of Opera, Liszt Museum, Terror Haza and Academy of Music in Andrassy which is part of the World Heritage. I hope you have enough time to see Terror Haza!
I consider Andrassy ut, an UNESCO site, to be one of the best streets in Budapest. It is very long and beautiful and perfect for summertime walking since it's lined with big, shady trees. In the evening it's a very romantic place to go. This street has so many attractions. Near one end is St. Stephen's Basilica. The entire M1 (yellow) metro line runs the entire length of this street, so if you don't want to walk the whole thing, then you can easily use public transportation. You can shop in many designer stores like Gucci, Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, etc. The Opera House, Pest Broadway, Academy of Music, House of Terror, and the Museum of Fine Arts are all located here. On the other end of Andrassy is Heroes' Square. This street also contains many beautiful residences and embassies. Many fine restaurants and cafes are also here like Millenium da Pippa, Klassz, Pizza Eataliano, and Cafe Kara. Andrassy ut is a great place for walking on summer nights, shopping, sightseeing, and finding a good place to eat.