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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.
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Miscelaneous pictures of the environment
In the City park you can find (beyond the buildings, I`ve already spoken about) a huge park, the Amusement park (not really big and modern) with one of the oldest roller coasters of the world, the Circus of Budapest, the famous Zoo(1th and 2th pic), the most famous restaurant in Budapest, the Gundel, and two other lakes. On the one, that you see on pic N.4, there is another particular restaurant, built on one of the lakes. I`ve already tried it, and the food is exellent>;-)
On the 3 th. pic you can see the bridge wich connects the Heroes Square with the City Park, and on the 5.th, on the left side, you see the building of the skating rink. I hope that it will be functioning this winter, because it`s currently under renovation, so I have some doubts about it.
In summer you can boat also on this lake, but at the moment there is no water inside, because of the recontruction.
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A park to relax
City park covers a large area just behind Heroes Square. It is a perfect place for jogging, biking or making a picnic. Some weekends wine or food festivals are organized in this big park. In winter time there is an ice rink for ice skating. I especially love this attraction in the evenings when there is music and lots of people making circles around the rink.
Located in city park near the castle is this dominant monument dedicated to an anonymous person who chronicled the early years of the Magyars.
I think touching his golden pen will bring luck or similar as a lot of people in a Spanish tour group near me were doing that.
Budapest's city park is a lot larger than I expected it to be and contains a multitude of attractions from a castle to a theme park. There is a nice lake which you can hire boats to peddle on upon which stands Vajdahunyad castle. Further back in the park you will find a theme park and the famous Szechenyi baths. Check out the relevant tips for more info on specific areas.
City Park (Városliget)
Quite some schlepp from the river on the Pest side, along Andrássy út, is the City Park (Városliget). It's not just a green oasis in the middle of the city - with its museums, baths, lake, funfair etc, Városliget is to Budapest what Central Park is to New York. With activities ongoing morning, noon and night, it's a focal point to the city. As well as open spaces, playing fields, picnic areas etc, the park is home to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Palace of Art, Vajdahunyad Castle (now the Agricultural Museum), the City Zoo, the Széchyeni Baths, the Municipal Grand Circus and Vidám Park funfair. The lake freezes over in the winter to provide a natural ice rink.
The site was the venue for the 1000th anniversary celebrations of 1896 and made into a park immediately after - hence the building of many of the buldings. Vajdahunyad Castle, modelled on a Transylvanian Fortress, was built to house the Military Exhibition at the Great Fair. The little church opposite the castle, Ják Chapel, is based on the 13th century Abbey church in Ják in Transdanubia.
Metro station at H?sök tere (Heroes Sq) will get you there.
Városliget or City Park is a public park (302 acres or 1.2 km²; a rectangle 0.9 mile by 0.6 mile, or 1.4 km × 900 m) in Budapest, Hungary close to the city centre. It is located in Zugló, District XIV of Budapest. City Park was the main venue of the millennium (1896) celebrations of Hungary, by which time Andrássy Avenue, Millennium Underground and the Grand Boulevard were built. Its main entrance is Heroes' Square, one of Hungary's World Heritage sites. City Park proper includes the following notable sights: The Vajdahunyad Castle, The Széchenyi Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool, The Municipal Zoological and Botanical Garden, The Municipal Grand Circus, The Budapest Amusement Park, City Park Pond (used as an ice rink in winter), etc.
The green heart of the capital (Varosliget)
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City Park (Varosliget) situated on the Pest Side of Budapest,
used to be an area of marshland which
served as a royal hunting ground, but in the 19th century it was
changed into a huge English-style park. A fairytale-like building
(Vajdahunyad Castle) and a picturesque lake offer a genuine
lesson in the history of architectural styles, as well as a calm
relaxation zone for tourists and locals alike.
The park is a vast green space with a lake The City Park also contains the Museum of Fine Arts, the Palace of Art, the City Zoo, the Szechyeni Bath and the Municipal Great Circus. Also in the park is the Vajdahunyad Castle located on an island in the lake. Outside the nearby Jak Chapel is a statue of a hooded monk called Anonymous, who chronicled the activities of the early Magyar tribes.
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Central City Oasis
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.
Some things are difficult to express in simple words. It is not much more than 15 years since Hungary freed itself from the shackles of Communist rule. As "nice" as Budapest is, and as nice as the park is, the years of neglect and disinterest manifest themselves in the least likely places. Varosliget is a lovely respite from the city, but today there are still the signs remaining of neglect and disrepair - uncurbed walks, poorly tended lawns, a general shabbiness of the amusement park and sales stands. The past is never far behind us.
A Break from the City
Városliget is Budapest's largest park and is a nice place to take a break from the city. You can get a drink or an ice-cream, find a seat and watch local people having fun with their families. There's also a lake which in winter becomes a huge skating rink.
Also in the park is the Vajdahunyad Castle, the Széchenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest Zoo and an amusement park.
The Transport Museum
This museum covers all aspects of transport, including land, sea & air. With hands on displays, together with model displays. Its easy to spend half a day looking at the different displays followed by coffee & cake in the small friendly cafe.
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City Park Pond
The City Park Pond is used for boating during the summer. During the winter it is used as an ice skating rink. I had no idea when I visited that this is the largest ice skating rink in Central Europe.
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A special park
Varosliget is a little far from city centre but it has easily access with the Metro 1 or the tram 1. It depends from the place you are. I liked Varosliget.
It's too green, it has a beautiful lake and a wonderful castle. In the castle there is the Agiculture Museum, which I didn't expect to like so much but it worths a visit. In front of the Castle there is the Statue of the Anonymous, which is dedicated to simple people. In the park there are also Baths and near Varosliget there is a zoo and an amusement park.
You could make a big walk to Varosliget, enjoy the green, drink a coffee. We also visited the Transportation Museum. It's the ideal Museum for those who like cars, trains, planes etc. Outside the Museum there are train machines, a vagon-cafe, and a plane.
In the park you could rent bicycles or small cars with pedals or with electricity. It's a good choice and you could see the whole park without being tired at all!!!!
I believe that everybody will visit the Hero's Square (Hosok ter), so don't forget to visit Varosliget. It's too close!!!!!
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City Park and the flea market
The city park offers lots of outdoor activity and entertainment. Ice skating (in winter), Szecehnyi baths, the indoor ski at Petofi Csarnok, sports fields and zoo/circus/botanical garderns.
Also, the flea market held at Petofi Csarnok. Here you can buy items such as Nazi memorabilia, pre-war (all or some of them) currency, even passports and coupon books. Also great for toy collectors is the good variety of retro toys.
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