City Park - Varosliget, Budapest

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    The Park

    by mallyak Written Dec 13, 2010

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    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

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    CITY PARK

    by balhannah Updated Mar 14, 2014

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    City Park is a wonderful green area in Budapest, where I am sure everybody from the very young to the very old, could find something to do here!
    The main entrance is Heroes' Square, which is where I had walked from.
    City Park was completed in 1896, in time for celebrations marking 1,000 years of Hungarian history. Put on some comfortable walking shoes as the park covers 302 acres.

    It was the first public park in the world.

    In May, the garden beds had been planted, some were flowering nicely and others were still growing. There were quite a few people around with children, and no wonder, as the park caters with Playgrounds for toddlers and bigger Children. Imagine mini football fields, table tennis tables, basketball fields, and even giant trampolines - the latter has a fee to use. Don't forget the open-air ice rink in Winter!
    This would have to be one of the best parks around for free entertainment for children.

    Kertem Bar is for the adults. Hot and cold food, drinks available.
    If you don't wish to buy, a picnic in the park is the way to go.

    A weekend Flea Market in the Pecsa Concert Hall (Petofi Csarnok) in the City Park - I missed!

    Paths went in all directions, garden seats were situated along them. I found I was finding a lot of monuments, quite a few were of very important people. There is a giant Hourglass and a historical monument of the 1956 Revolution.
    Its a great park!

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    take a walk in the park

    by marielexoteria Updated Jun 20, 2009

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    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!

    The chapel of J��k (thanks Laszlo) City Park City Park I'm walking on sunshine at City Park
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    Central City Oasis

    by nicolaitan Updated Nov 30, 2006

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    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.

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    City Park - Plenty to See and Do

    by Mikebb Written Nov 18, 2005

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    City Park is at the end of Andrassy UT and can be easily reached using public transport. We spent several hours at this large park which has many attractions. The parklands are very relaxing with the attractions spread throughout giving you an easy and pleasant walk. We did not go into the Amusement park, Circus or Zoo but enjoyed the Botanical Gardens, Szechenyi Medicinal Bath, Vajdahunyad Castle and the lake.

    We did not swim in the Szechenyi Bath but went inside the building entrance and admired the magnificent decorated ceiling and walls. It is a do not miss sight.

    Vajdahunyad Castle in the park Vajdahunyad Castle from the other side Szechenyi Medicinal Bath entrance ceiling Szechenyi Medicinal Bath entrance
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    A romantic walk

    by Robert_Hun Updated Apr 23, 2005

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    Behind Heroes' Square (Hosok tere), in the City Park (Varosliget) you can find a small lake (for pleasure boats in the summer and ice-skating in the winter) and a charming castle which is a replica of the Vajdahunyad Castle in Transylvania (Rumania). It houses the museum of agriculture and a nice little chapel.

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    Varosliget

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 19, 2005

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    The Varosliget, located behind the Hosok tere, is the City Park of Budapest and it is very nice. Inside it you can find a small lake, a castle (Vajdahunyad vara), gardens...
    Inside this big park there is also the zoo, built in the 1866, it was restored between 1907-1912 and at the entrance were put stutes of elephants. Near the zoo there is a Luna Park and a termal bath (Szechenyi Gyogy-es Strandfurdo.
    In the park there is statue of George Washington, a present gave from the Hungarian emigrants of the USA.
    In the south-side of the park there is the Kozlekedsi Muzeum (Museum of transports) locate in a building built in 1896 by Jrisztian Ulrich.

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    ALPAR IGNATIUS STATUE

    by balhannah Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    Another impressive statue, was of Alpar Ignatius. I passed by it on Hunedoara promenade on my way to the main entrance of Vajdahunyad Castle.

    The bronze sculpture of this Guild Master, is 2.8 metres high and sits a-top a 2.5metre high limestone pedestal. It was made in 1931.
    Alpar Ignatius was the designer of Vajdahunyad Castle and 150 historic buildings ranging from schools and halls to Palaces situated around Hungary. I saw a bronze medallion on the wall of the Castle commemorating him on the beautiful building he had designed.
    He certainly was a gifted man that deserves to be remembered!
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    The green heart of the capital (Varosliget)

    by budapest8 Updated Dec 8, 2006

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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.

    Is Jason lurking about here? Varosliget Lake a cold December afternoon, Heroes Wild ducks on the lake December 2004 Heroes Sq from Varosliget Childrens Day 2005 in Varosliget
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    Varosliget park

    by miman Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    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.

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    Miscelaneous pictures of the environment

    by 1courage Updated Oct 10, 2007

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    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.

    The Budapest Zoo-secessionist main entrance Budapest zoo, panorama tower The City Park bridge(now without water) A cute restaurant on the lake Thermal lake near the Heroes square
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    Central Pest: City Park (Varosliget)

    by antistar Updated Aug 3, 2009

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    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.

    Friendly Cat outside Transport Museum, City Park Friendly Cat outside Transport Museum, City Park Friendly Cat outside Transport Museum, City Park Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest Varosliget Lake, Budapest

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    City Park (Varosliget)

    by Skeptic-jr Updated May 31, 2004

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    One of the biggest park in Budapest, located north of Heroes' Square, excellent for short and long (but rather long) walkings. The park has some interesting objects, such as gardens, green esplanades, pools (you can rent a boat), monuments, fountains and sports fields.

    On the artificial island in the little lake stands the small Vajdahunyad Castle (not very old, just from the beginning of 20th century, but very pretty). It is kind of copy of architecture styles, most typical for Hungary. There is a monument of Anonym, the author of king Bela's chronicle and the first history of Hungary. It is probably the most likable monument is Budapest. It is said that everyone who touch the goose feather in Anonym's hands will have a creative inspiration.

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    The world's first city park

    by Jefie Updated Nov 11, 2012

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    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).

    View of Vajdahunyad Castle Another section of the castle Romanesque Chuch of Jak Gothic entrance to the castle Walking around Varosliget
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    Varosliget - City Park

    by Flying.Scotsman Written Dec 12, 2009

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    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.

    Vajdahunyad Castle Jak Church is part of the Vajdahunyad Castle compl And an informal lunch in the park
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