As you walk north along the Danube on the Buda side, you reach Margit hid (Margharet Bridge). That's the place where most tourists climb up to the bridge, and most probably go to Margharet Island. It's kind of unwise - just keep walking. North to the bridge, there is a tram loop. Catch there the #17 and take it for a few stops, and then continue walking to the north along that street (Arpad fejedelem utja - Prince Arpad's Way). There you'll find a little piece of old Obuda, a piece of history. The center of this area is Kolosy ter.
The real center of Obuda is northeast to Kolosy ter, at the end of Arpad Bridge, with an amazingly beautiful main square (Fo ter - Main Square). In that area, there are a few art museums as well as restaurant&cafe terraces. It's really worthed to get off the train on your way back from Szentendre or Aquincum!
A very pretty square but you have seen it all in 3 minutes. It is not worth coming out here just for the scenery. If you come up this way to visit the Roman Aquincum then it is well worth coming here too. But as I said it is nothing more than a pretty square. To make the most of it perhaps it is best to have a drink or lunch outside weather permitting.
Of course if you want the typical photo of you with the statues with the umbrellas then it is worth catching the HEV train from Margit bridge up here too!
This is the third famous Holy Trinity Monument in the territory of Budapest (1. In the Castle district, 2. on the Zsigmond square 3. and this one). It was originally created in the 1740`s but than in the XX. century the parts were stolen. The district in 2000 managed to find them and they reconstructed the whole monument. For me this is the most beautiful one of the three.
You can find it on the opposite side of the Árpád Bridge to the Óbuda parish church.
From the Szentlélek square you can esaily reach the main square of Óbuda, a little remnant of the old architecture of this brutally modified and modernized district-->
--> In fact these two squares and the sorruonding little streets aren`t too big and in this part of Budapest you can find many grey blocks of flats built in the communist era and huge very crawded streets.
But it`s a big luck that at least this part of the district remained (almost) intact and quiet.
Quiet? Well, most of the time it is quiet, but when I made these pictures there were many people because of a fest. The main attraction of the square id the Town hall of the 3rd district, but also the building next to it is worth to see-you can even enter the nice yard.
Also famous are the statues with umbrellas created by Imre Varga wich zou find near the main square.
On the way back from Szentendre we went off the train at Arpad hid station in Obuda. Around here you will find some small museums and restored baroque houses, and in the background there are high grey apartment buildings. Close to the square F? ter are a group of metal sculptures made by Imre Varga. They are four women holding umbrellas. Close by there is also an Imre Varga museum, but it was closed as we arrived.
There are a 1000 things to do in Budapest and I am sure whatever you decide will be memorable. But spend a day in OBUDA. In this small little town are three museum that are a must. Zsigmond Kun Folk Art Museum, a beautiful collection of Hungarain folk art, and its in his old apartment. The cost to go less than $2.US. The Varga Museum was our favorite, Varga is Hungary's best known contemporary sculptor. Its a very small museum just filled with wonderful sculptors. This is definitely a stop. Varga has a sculptured piece in the town of women carying umbrellas, beautiful. He also has a piece at the Synagogue in Budapest. Price was about $4.US. The Victor Vasarely Museum, Hungarian born founder of op art. Two floors of colorful, geometric art. Price: Free, the day we went. The town square has a couple of restaurants and a nice place to sit and have a drink and people watch. Three museum, a great town square and all in walking distance, short walking distance. Take a bus to OBUDA.