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BUDAPEST ANDRASSY STREET AND HEROES SQUARE

Budapest Andrassy StreetAndrassy Street and Heroes Square Budapest – Andrassy Street is the great boulevard of Budapest. Budapest is an unusual city in that many of the buildings were erected in the 19th Century for the Population explosion – see below. But this building by private nobility took an eclectic approach and you can see the extraordinary mix of styles and ornamentation on such as Andrassy Street.

Andrassy Street goes straight down from the Millenary Column in the Heroes’ Square to the Danube River – treelined all the way. Almost every building has ornamentation or plasterwork of note and the treelined street makes a lovely walk.

On Andrassy Street is the Opera House (Operahaz). Built in the late 19th Century, the Budapest Opera House is an impresssive neo-renaissance building reminiscent of the Opera House in Vienna.

The Millenary Monument is in Hero Square at the top end of Andrassy Street. This centrepiece of Heroes’ Square is a 36 meters high Column with Archangel Gabriel on top. In the background are two arcs of colonnades, with figures of the Hungarian Kings on one side and leading historical figures on the other arc. The first King of Hungary, King Stephen, is depicted in an impressive statue to the left of the Archangel Gabriel Column.

On two sides of the Square are magnificent buildings, the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery.

BUDAPEST TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS – The sights below are “must do’s” on any visit to Budapest. After you’ve been, you’ll have your own list. Budapest has a wide range of important sightseeing options but many people go without a pre-prepared list of what they want to see – this is wise because around every corner in Budapest is something likely to appeal to someone. Another point about sightseeing in Budapest is that many people don’t have a mental picture of the magnificent buildings such as the Budapest Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace in Budapest, etc – despite the fact they are stunning.

1. Spend some time on Castle Hill, Buda Castle, Royal Palace, Obuda
2. Go to the Budapest Citadella and The Freedom Monument
3. Walk up Andrassy Street to Heroes Square
4. Grab a bit of Culture in BudapestOpera, Concert, Folk Music, etc
5. Look at the wide Danube River and cross over the Chain Bridge
6. Take a trip to somewhere outside Budapest – Danube Bend, Visegrad,
Esztergom, Cruise on the Danube, Szentendre (St Andrew) etc
7. Soothe your aches in a Thermal Bath, visit Vajdahunyad Castle and
City Park (Varosliget)
8. Go on a trip to Statue’s Park
9. Visit some Churches, the Great Jewish Synagogue, St Stephen’s
Basilica, St Matthias Church
10. Admire the Houses of Parliament but make sure to take a tour of the
interior