Andrássy Road - Andrássy út, Budapest
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
Szondy György 1500 - 1552. Who was he?
I came across his statue and three others at the intersection of Andrássy Avenue and Felsõerdõsor road.
This area since 1971, is known as Kodály Zoltán square, one of the two squares on Andrássy Avenue. Four buildings on the square form a full circle, each having a small garden with chestnut and sycamore trees and a statue each. The statues are of Vak Bottyán, Zrínyi Miklós, Szondi György and Balassi Bálint.
I loved the statue of this rather stern looking man!
The origin of this man is not really known, although its thought he may have been born to a Slovak peasant family. When his mother died, he was only 15. He joined the army with his younger brother.
It was here he met Ferenc Révay, a general officer from a prominent Hungarian noble family. Revay saw potential in him and at age 21, he made him a Lieutenant of the Hungarian Hussars.
Later, he was made Captain after a courageous night assault at a Turkish camp.
In 1544, he was captain of Drégely Castle, which had a small garrison of 60 men, 6 small cannon and 12 castle guns. With this small amount of ammo and soldiers, Szondy had to do his best to defend the Castle.
The Siege of Drégely began on 6 July 1552, when an Ottoman army of 12,000 men, led by Ali Pasha, arrived at the gates of Drégely Castle.
On 9 July 1552, Ali Pasha sent a Catholic priest to see Szondy and offer him a choice: he could surrender and be given safe passage and escort to Upper Hungary. Szondfy replied by saying "Spare the boys and let God settle the fate of this castle". Szondy led the attack and was shot through the knee. He was a courageous man and still fought on until he was brought down by the Turks.
One of the Turkish soldiers cut off his head and brought it to Ali Pasha.
Szondy was buried with full military honours and lies beside his enemy -Ali Pasha.
He is recognized as a great warrior. His sarcophagus is in Drégelypalánk, Hungary.
Andrassy Avenue is now a recognized World Heritage Site.
It was 1872 when Andrassy Avenue was constructed. Back then, it would not have been as busy as today, nor would the trees have been as big and giving so much shade and added beauty to the area.
The avenue was named after former Prime Minister of Hungary, Gyula Andrassy. It is split into three distinct parts - Downtown streching from Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Avenue all the way to Oktogon square. This area is lined with rows tall residential apartment houses and expensive shops in the housefronts. The Middle section between Oktogon to Kodály Körönd, used to be paved with wooden cubes for the nobility on horseback, today this is a bicycle path and a walkway. The third section between Kodály Körönd and Heroes' Square, is where I saw magnificient mansions, Villas and Embassies, giving a feel of a very wealthy part of the Avenue.
Brochures describe the avenue has having "the crème de la crème of Eclectic-style buildings" in Budapest, a statement I agree with ! It is also one of Budapest's main shopping streets, with smart cafes, restaurants, theatres, and luxury boutiques.
I couldn't help but like this tree lined Avenue in the big City, what could be nicer!
Good for the atmosphere and lovely to walk under on a hot summers day OR sit on one of the many garden seats along the way. I walked the 2.5kms more than once to view the beautiful Neo-renaissance mansions and townhouses featuring designer facades. I kept on noticing something new, this time were flags flying by some beautiful villas. Being curious, I stopped and read the bronze plague on the fence, to find out this was a countries Embassy. From there on, I kept and eye out for more and found quite a few. I believe there are many more in the streets behind.