City Park - Varosliget, Budapest

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    City Park

    by pure1942 Written Mar 3, 2008

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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.

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    Full of leisure and cultural experience

    by Robert_Hun Updated Apr 23, 2005

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    The lake of the City Park

    One of the finest quarters of Budapest offering a lot of interesting sights: beside the nice park itself with playgrounds you can find here the Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery, the Szechenyi Thermal Baths, the Zoo next to the famous Gundel Restaurant (opposite to an equally fine place to eat out: the Robinson), the old (and a bit odd) amusement park (Vidampark), 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) which houses the museum of agriculture and a nice little chapel.

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    City Park

    by biggeorge Written Feb 20, 2004

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    City Park

    Sprawling park that is normally pretty quiet apart from dogwalkers and the odd sunbather.
    Contains the Varjahunyad castle that i think is an agricultural museum. However i'm not that keen on ploughs and cows so i didn't venture in.

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    City Park Pond

    by alancollins Written Oct 1, 2006

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    Ice skating

    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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    City Park

    by Imbi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    City Park, or Városliget in Pest's northeastern reaches makes a welcome break from the built-up inner-city area and incorporates many of Budapest's drawcards. The entrance to City Park is Heroes' Square, which has the nation's most solemn monument - an empty coffin representing one of the unknown insurgents from the 1956 Uprising - beneath a stone tile. The inspirational Millenary Monument, a 36m (120ft) pillar backed by colonnades, defines the square. The Angel Gabriel tops the pillar, offering King Stephen the Hungarian crown. To the north of the square is the Museum of Fine Arts (1906) which houses the city's outstanding foreign works (especially the Old Masters collection), while to the south is the ornate Palace of Art. Inside the City Park is the City Zoo, a five minute walk to the west and past Budapest's most famous restaurant, Gundel's. Next to the zoo is the Grand Circus. The gigantic `wedding cake' building south of the circus is the glorious, Széchenyi Bath. In the middle of the park is the stunning Vajdahunyad Castle on the island in the lake, which becomes a picturesque setting for ice-skating in the winter. Outside the church opposite the castle, Ják Chapel, is a statue of a hooded scribe outside named Anonymous after an unknown chronicler who wrote a history of the early Magyars. Writers today touch his pen for inspiration. The surrounding streets on the southeastern corner of City Park are loaded with gorgeous buildings, residences and embassies. To get to City Park take the yellow Metro to Hõsök tere

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    The Transport Museum

    by alancollins Updated Oct 1, 2006

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    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

    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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    Strolling

    by bluebug Written Aug 16, 2005

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    lots of green

    My boyfriend and I were fortunate enough to stay at a friends house right near City Park. With the Szechenyi Baths and Hero's Square right in the Park there are plenty of things to do here. There are also a few great restaurants and pubs ;ocated right in the park. One night while walking back home through the park around 11pm we caught a band playing at one of the venues within the park. City Park is definitly special.

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    A park to relax

    by muratkorman Written Aug 13, 2007

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    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.

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    Statue of the Unknown

    by berenices Written May 6, 2010

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    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!

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    City park

    by ophiro Written Jul 13, 2008

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    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.

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    City Park

    by shavy Written Aug 31, 2013

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    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

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    Budapest's City Park

    by hungariangirl896 Written Aug 22, 2012

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    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.

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    A Break from the City

    by AnnS Updated Nov 1, 2006

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    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.

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    Green Space(s)

    by mikey_e Written Jan 16, 2009

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    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.

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