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'Capitalist Budapest' and the Varosliglet

On your wanders around the streets of Pest the below attractions are worth a look. You cannot do justice to Pest in a few days. The below can be covered easily, but spare some time for Saint Mikulas Church, Gellert Hill, and the old Ottoman Rudas Baths.

Vigado and Vaci Utca

At Vigado Ter, in front of the big international hotels and flanking the Danube, they have set up a tourist market. Here you can buy lace, chessboards, T-shirts, and leatherware from a large number of stalls. Nearby is the pedestrianised square of Vorosmarty Ter with its showrooms, IBUSZ and record shops - scalps/touts will hang around there trying to get tourists interested in tours of Szendre of the Buda Hills. But nearby Vaci Utca is the capitalist showpiece street and probably the best shopping street in Hungary. Designer shops, electronic shops, nightclubs, and working girls line this street. But also the international chains have moved in, including Burger King and McDonald's. Even the British have moved in on the act with a very popular Marks and Spencers.

Horos Ter and Varosliglet

The great boulevard of Pest is Andrassy Utca. It stretches from Opera over two miles to the Varosliglet (City Park). This is often too much to walk so a handy subway traverses its length ending at the vast Horos Ter (Heroes Square). This is a vast stone expanse with the Palace of Fine Arts on its south side and traffic swirling around its perimeter. At the rear of the Ter, backing onto the Varosliglet is a semi-circular colonnade decorated with statues of wicked looking Magyar tribesmen on horses. And behind that it the verdant expanses of Varosliglet, worth visiting for Vajadunjad Castle. A Transylvanian Gothic fantasy, with its own moat and drawbridge, and one of the best-kept secrets of Budapest.

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