A highlight among Budapest’s sights is the Heroes’ Square in Budapest at the end of the magnificent avenue Andrássy ut. Right next to it you can find the City Park. Located directly next to the Heroes’ Square in Budapest, it is the green lung of the city and definitely worth a visit. Directly adjacent to the park is also the Vajdahunyad Castle, the beautiful Szechényi Thermal Bath and the Budapest Zoo. Since these sights are directly adjacent to Heroes’ Square in Budapest, I will also introduce them in this article.You can combine the visit of these sights very well.
The journey to the city grove and the Heroes' Square in Budapest
Of course, you can get to the City Park and the Heroes’ Square in Budapest very well on foot. But it’s also nice to take a ride on the “little yellow” Metro Line 1. When it opened in 1896, it was the very first subway on the European continent and the third subway in the world! Only London and Istanbul had their own subway before that. The occasion for its construction was the celebration of Hungary’s thousandth anniversary, the Milennium Celebration. And that’s exactly how it looks: quaint and as if from another time. The rails run directly under Andrássy ut, you only have to descend a few steps to reach it. Some even say that a ride in this subway would be a Budapest sight in its own in itself. You have to get off at Hösok tere station – that is Hungarian for Heroes’ Square.
Andrássy Ut Budapest
Andrássy ut is also a Budapest landmark. With its approximately 2.5 kilometers, it is the most famous street in Hungary and connects the city center Déak Ter with Heroes’ Square in Budapest (Check out my post on Déak Ter here). Directly at the Déak Ter it starts as a true luxury mile and is lined with world famous fashion brands. Strolling and window shopping is great fun under the trees. Many noble restaurants and bars line the avenue. But also the famous “House of Terror”, a museum about the secret police of both the Nazis and the Communists, is located here. Memorably, the headquarters of both horror organizations were located in the same house.
Gradually, the shopping avenue turns into a street lined with city mansions until it finally flows into Heroes’ Square. For those who have an afternoon to spare and enjoy walking, a stroll along Andrássy ut is really recommended. It is also practical that the subway line 1 runs directly under the street and there are stops at close intervals. So you can always change to the subway to get to Heroes’ Square.
Heroes' Square in Budapest
Budapest Heroes’ Square marks the entrance to the City Park and is an ideal place to take a nice photo – because not only when the sky is blue, this square is truly impressive. Left and right the square is lined by museums. The Heroes’ Square in Budapest is not for nothing registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Especially impressive is the central column: it is 38 meters high and represents the Archangel Gabriel. You can see this column very far.
If you’re out and about on Heroes’ Square, we also recommend a visit to the classic Hungarian restaurant Paprika. It is located very close by. My article about this and other great Budapest restaurants can be found here.
The Castle Vajdahunyad
The castle is located on the right from Heroes’ Square Budapest and, like Metro 1, was built for the millennium celebration. What makes the castle particularly unique is that it deliberately combines different architectural styles and time periods, which are meant to refer to the different parts of Hungary. So the castle is sort of an architectural patchwork. Depending on which angle you look from, it looks completely different.
The castle is surrounded by many beautifully landscaped waters and it is worth exploring the grounds at your leisure. In summer, you can even rent pedal boats here. In the winter, one of the waters turns into a large open-air skating rink – a unique experience! The castle is a great Budapest sight both in summer and winter.
The Szechenyi Thermal Bath
The Szechenyi Thermal Bath is also a very special Budapest sight. The bath is so big that you can easily see the structure even on Google Maps. The magnificent architectural style and sheer size of the complex, built in 1913, makes it incomparable to anything else: it is one of the largest bathing complexes in Europe. In the heated pools you can pass the time wonderfully, so this bath is also a cozy meeting place for Budapest residents. In the spacious outdoor pool you can spend almost the whole day …
I wrote a whole article about the Szechenyi Thermal Bath here:
So, for the time being I have reached the end of my article – thank you for reading.
There is still a lot to discover in the city park, so I will not run out of material too quickly in the future. The Budapest Zoo, for example, is also supposed to be very nice.
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