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Walking Through Budapest

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An October 2006 trip to Budapest by LenR

Its possible to get away from the crowds Photo, Budapest, Hungary More Photos
Quote: Budapest is a grand city, but many of its hidden sights can only be discovered if you walk. Here are some pointers...

Walking Through Budapest

Overview

Discover lovely churches Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest is an excellent city for walking, although you may need to use public transport between various areas if you want to cover everything of interest within the city.Castle Hill in Buda is the obvious place to start as this contains Budapest’s most important historic structures and some of its best museums. If you are starting from the Pest side, walk across Clark Bridge and take the Siklo (funicular) up to the Royal Palace. You can spend a whole day wandering the streets of the Old Town (Var), exploring some of the courtyards and visiting the odd museum. Then you should visit Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion. (For more details of this area, see my The Buda in Budapest journa...Read More

Walking Street

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Attraction | "Walking Street."

Walking Street Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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The Vaci utca is the heart of the downtown area of Pest. It is the main pedestrian street, and is where the action happens. It is an elegant shopping street with several restaurants, bank offices, cafés, souvenir, and bookshops. The majority of the buildings were constructed at the start of the 20th century so are not particularly impressive but there are various minor details that help add to the special atmosphere. There are small hidden passages, cast iron balconies, art nouveau style decoration, and Zsolnay ceramic tiles that make each building different and worth noting. It makes a great place to go for a stroll and shop, or just sit and people watch.Vaci utca runs between Vörösmarty Sq...Read More

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Walking Street
Vaci Utca, Central Pest
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Churches

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Attraction | "Three Special Small Churches."

Budapest Churches Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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One of the joys of walking through Pest is the discovery of unheralded small churches, which in some cases are being crowded out by more recent buildings. Most appear to be open during the day, and the interiors are often quite stunning. These three are either on or close to Vaci utca, the main pedestrian street in the central city.The small church of St. Michael (Szent Mihály templom) on Vaci utca was built from 1747 to 1749, on the site of a medieval Dominican church. It has a rich main altar from 1760. The church was also the conventual church of the Order of English Girls. It is not great from the outside but has an attractive interior.If you head east towards Egyetem ter, which is...Read More

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Budapest Churches
Belvaros, Pest
Budapest, Hungary

Jewish Synagogue

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Attraction

Jewish Synagogue Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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It’s easy to walk to the Great Synagogue from any of the hotels in downtown Pest and you can see its twin domes from far away. The synagogue in the Dóhany utca is the second largest in the world with a seating capacity of 3,000 (the largest is in New York). Built from 1854 to 1859 to the plans of Ludwig Forster, it is made of brick and iron. It is more like a cathedral to look out and is in a sort of Byzantine-Muslim style. The building has a length of more than 53m. The western facade boasts arched, windows with stone-carved decorations and brickwork, in the heraldic colors of the Budapest: blue, yellow and red. The western main entrance has a stained glass rose window above it. The gateway is f...Read More

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Jewish Synagogue
Dohány Street, Belváros, Inner Pest.
Budapest, Hungary

Central Market Hall/Great Market Hall

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Attraction | "Central market."

Central Market Hall/Great Market Hall Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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This is the largest of five market halls which opened in Budapest at the end of the 19th century. It was built in the 1890s, lovingly restored in 1994, and is still a focal point for city life. It has rightly become one of the most popular and visited shopping sites for tourists.Designed by the Hungarian architect Samu Pecz (1854-1922), it opened during the era when so many markets were organized and brought under roofs in Europe. The spacious, expansive structure is supported by slender steel columns which allow for maximum light. The outside facade is pyrogranite decor by Zsolnay, a Hungarian tile factory with an international reputation.The market hall is open Monday 6am to 5pm...Read More

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Central Market Hall/Great Market Hall
Fovam Ter, Ix Kerulet
Budapest, Hungary

Underground Railway Museum

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Attraction | "Public Transport and the Underground Railway Museu"

Underground Railway Museum Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Public transport in Budapest is excellent and it provides a great security blanket if your ambitious walk proves to be too difficult. It is claimed that within the entire populated area of Budapest one can find a stop/station within 400m. A wide variety of buses, trolley buses, trams, and underground trains usually operate from 4:30am to 11pm, and you’ll seldom wait more than a few minutes for any of them. An invaluable transit map detailing all services is available at most metro ticket booths.To ride, you have to purchase a ticket in advance at the terminals, at metro stations, or newsagents. There is no conductor on the vehicles; you must validate your ticket at the start of the jour...Read More

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Underground Railway Museum
Deak ter (in the underground itself)
Budapest, Hungary 1052
+36 1 461 6500