Is a landscape public park in Central Budapest. Városliget was among the first public parks in the world open to the whole public the area used to be a meadow and popular hunting area for noblemen. It was turned into a city park at the beginning of the 19th century
It is a must see for families with kids: Amusement Park, Zoo, Grand Circus, take your time and explore this green park
After visiting Heroes’ Square and Museum of Fine Arts we crossed the bridge and visited City Park (also known as Varosliget). Once the place where the kings were going for hunting now a peaceful park where locals take their kids to the Budapest Zoo (Állatkert) or to Fun Park (Vidámpark). The park was created in 1896 and was part of the millenium celebration along the Heroes’ Square.
At the grounds of the park you can also visit visit the famous Széchenyi thermal baths (Széchenyi-gyógyfürdő) or stroll around this picturesque park that was designed at the end of 19th century in british style and includes a castle too! (not a real one but will give you some nice photo shots)
We didn’t visit the Zoo but we spent one morning at Szechenyi Baths (see other tip) and then walked to the Vajdahunyad castle that was built in 1904 and houses several different buildings (each one in different architectural style). There you can visit the agricultural museum or church of Jak with an impressive façade (pic 3) or just relax near the lake that surrounds the castle grounds. During the summer months you can rent a row boat while during the summer you can ice skate on the frozen lake!
There are several interesting statues, sculptures and monuments/memorials all over the park (including the 8m high Timewheel) but the most popular is the Statue of the Anonymous Author (pic 4) that was erected in 1903 by Miklos Ligeti. The anonymous author was a monk back in 12th century that supposed to be the writer of the first history book for Hungarians (Gesta Hungarorum)
Varosliget was designed towards the end of the 18th century in the English garden style that was fashionable at the time. It is described as the first public park in the world. It gained popularity when it was chosen as the main site of the Millenium celebrations that were held in 1896 and a metro line was built to connect it to city center. One of the park's most interesting features is Vajdahunyad Castle. It was originally designed as a series of temporary pavilions to house exhibitions during the celebrations, but the population loved it so much that it was turned into a permanent structure. It's a huge fairy tale-like castle that features the most significant styles in Hungarian architecture: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance. The different styles are not all mixed into one; each section of the building features a different one. The castle is surrounded by a lake and it's possible to rent canoes and pedal boats (it becomes an ice rink in the wintertime).
The Varosliget is Budapest's main city park and contains many interesting and fun things to do. Heroes' Square is in front of the park entrance, so you can see the Millenium Monument and visit the Museum of Fine Arts. Inside the park you can see the Vajdahunyad Castle, Botanical Garden, Circus, Zoo, Transport Museum, Aviation Museum, and the 1956 Revolution Monument. You can also spend time at the Szechenyi baths or the amusement park. Gundel, probably Hungary's best restaurant, is located on the edge of the park. There's also various walking paths, playgrounds, tennis courts, etc. if you enjoy sports. In the winter it is possible to go ice-skating. Interestingly enough, I saw statues of many famous people (like George Washington and Ronald Reagan) while walking through the park. Varosliget is a nice place to take a break and relax while touring Budapest.
Behind the monument of the Heros' Square one of the largest green areas of Budapest can be found. It’s worth mentioning not just becuse of its hundred years old oak trees and relaxing pathways but some intresting buildings and important amusement places also hide there
This centrally located park was created in 1896 for the Millenium from an area of swampy ground previously a royal hunting enclave. Today, its relatively small 1.2 km acreage contains multiple attractions including an artificial lake which is a winter skating rink, thermal baths, a zoo, an amusement park, and scattered museums as well as the remarkable Vajdahunyad castle ( see below ). The main entrance from Heroes Square includes a bridge over the lake. On a warm afternoon we strolled along the lake, nodding to people we met, and enjoying a subdued relaxed moment. Small kiosks sold balloons and refreshments along the main walkway.
Just in front of the Vajdahunyad Castle, now the Museum of Agriculture, is one of the most famous statues in Budapest -- the Statue of the Unknown. The statue was by Miklós Ligeti, completed in 1903.
It's a statue which is not easy to forget -- I've seen it several times, and yet I feel the gloom that it was probably meant to evoke every time I see it. I wouldn't want to wander in this part of the park though in the dark, and bump into this statue!
Varosliget, or City Park is the focus for a very interesting part of Budapest. The park itself was once a royal hunting ground. Its present form was designed in the late 19th century in the "English style". The park was chosen as the site for the millenium celebrations to mark the anniversary of the Magyar conquest. The momument in Heroes' Square and the Museum of Fine Arts just outside the park were constructed at that time. Vajdahunyad Castle was built at the same time, originally as a temporary structure and was built in various architectural styles popular in Hungary over the millenium.
Also nearby are the Szechenyi Baths, and several expensive restauranta including Gundel and Robinson's. We chose to eat at the kiosk beside the lake at the north end of the park. I had a "bowl" of onion soup and Mrs Flying.Scotsman had a Greek salad. You can see from the picture that the "bowl" is in fact a hollowed out loaf of bread. Cheap, cheerful, and very good.
Behind Heroes' Square, and part of the same protected UNESCO heritage site, is the City Park (Varosliget). It's a square kilometer of green trees and grass, and contains some marvelous buildings, like the Vajdahunyad Castle, a copy of a Transylvanian castle, and the Szechenyi Furdo, where you can enjoy a hot steaming bath in the middle of the frozen winter. The park also contains two large museums, one for vehicles and another for aircraft.
Sometimes being on vacation doesn't mean to go from one place to another in a hurry in order to make the best of one's journey, so if you want to admire one of the nicest places in Budapest while still doing something touristy, take a walk on the City Park.
The City Park is a green oasis where you can walk, jog, play ping-pong, rent a boat and paddle or just relax and look at the beautiful buildings, the Vajdahunyad Castle and the Museum of Agriculture. Or why not take a walk and then take a dip on the Széchenyi Bath?
Edit: I finally found out what the name of the church on the first picture is, thanks to VT member Laszlo aka csordila: "The Chapel of Ják was built in Romanesque style for the millenary celebrations in 1896, as part of the fairy-tale-like Vajdahunyad castle, which represents architectural styles practised in Hungary from the Middle Ages to the Baroque period. The decorated doorway is an exact copy of the still-standing 13C Benedictine church at Ják in western Hungary. Over the door stand statues of Christ and ten of His apostles (the other two watch from the towers.)"
Thanks a lot Laszlo!
Városliget or City Park is a huge green space in the northern reaches of the central area (Pest) that finishes off Andrássy út just where the Heroes Square is. It is a pretty area of the city that plays host to a number of significant attractions like Vajdahunyad Castle and the Széchenyi baths (fürdö) as well as a children’s amusement park and some ponds. This was intended for leisure and that is, in essence what it has remained, free and open to the public (except when trying to enter one of the attractions). It has long been an open space near the city, but was officially converted into a public park in the early years of the 19th century. I find it to be a great break from an otherwise hectic city – sometimes the traffic and urban expanse of Budapest can be too much, and the city park provides a good spot for relaxation; one where you don’t have to feel like you’re missing out on the sites.
The main park of Budapest is located at the northern end of Andrassy utca, just after Heroe’s square. It lacks the charme of other city parks around the world. A reason might be its rather small size, another the lake which has been remodelled a couple of times. Now, it consists of a dry side which is used as a sports area and some parts with standing, stinky water.
City park (Varosliget in Hungarian) is a nice park located jsut behind Heroes square in the end of Andrassy street.
The park is very beautiful and relaxing and you will find here some nice attractions like : Zoo , Circus , amusement park.
You will find here also a famous restaurant called Gundel , a nice castle called Vajdahunyad Castle adn the famous Szechenyi thermal bath.
Budapest's Varosliget or City park is located behind heroes' Square. The impressive park covers over 300 acres and opens out the city after Andrassy Ut. After private ownership the park was opened to the public at the beginning of the 19th century. The park is home to Vajdahunyad Castle which is near Heroes' Square. The area also has a small lake and an ice rink which is open during the winter. The city zoo is located nearby.
Budapest's largest park, City Park (or Varosliget) hosts an amazing array of attractions. Vajdahunyad Castle, George Washington memorial (from 1906), Vidam Amusement Park, the Municipal Zoo, Botanical Gardens, the Municipal Circus, the Transportation Museum, Aviation Museum, the Széchenyi Medicinal Baths and swimming pool, and City Park Pond which is used for ice skating in the winter.