Andrássy út

A lovely boulevard named as a World Heritage Site, lined with spectacular Neo-Renaissance mansions and luxury boutiques.

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For coffee and desserts in a decadent environ, head to Pariszi Nagyaruhasc on the first floor of the Alexander bookshop

Completed in 1876, Andrássy Avenue has had many names. Initially named after Prime Minister Gyula Andrássy, as regimes came and went it changed its colours. During the Soviet occupation it was called Stalin Street; following the 1956 uprising it was renamed the Hungarian Youth Street; later, under the governing communists, it was known as the People’s Republic Street. A couple of decades ago it finally reverted to being plain old Andrássy Avenue, and, in many ways, little has changed since it was built. As of 2002 it was made a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The avenue starts a little to the northeast of Deák Ferenc tér and runs for 2.5km, finishing at Heroes Square and the City Park, Városliget. It’s a tree-lined parade, flanked by astounding neo-Renaissance architecture. There’s little better than a spring stroll from the Opera House all the way out to the park, taking in the New Theatre, Művész Kávéház, the House of Terror and Kodály körönd on your way.

House of Terror

Far from the haunted house attraction it sounds like, the House of Terror is a museum with exhibits relating to the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes which Hungary suffered during the 20th century. Although fascinating and frightening, some critics have suggested it paints the Hungarians too much as the victims of foreign occupiers, and that it focuses on the communist regime much more than the fascist one. Nonetheless, Hungary sat awkwardly between the warring ideologies of 20th century Europe, and it still bears the scars today.

Nearby Attractions

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Hungarian State Opera House
This Neo-Renaissance opera house on Andrássy út features world-class acoustics, and has seen many an important resident.
House of Terror Museum
A chilling museum, containing exhibits related to the fascist and communist regimes of the 20th century.
Weeping Willow
Designed by Imre Varga, and adjoining the The Central Synagogue, this magnificent Holocaust memorial has the names of the dead or the missing on 30,000 inscribed leaves.
Seventh District
Budapest's traditional Jewish Quarter is located in District VII, Budapest’s smallest district, which has a funky eclectic feel.
Kazinczy Street Synagogue
Kazinczy Street Synagogue is an Art Nouveau orthodox synagogue built between 1912 and 1913 Budapest VII.
Jewish Ghetto Wall Fragment
The Budapest Ghetto was liberated on January 17th, 1945.

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Visit Pest: Urban Half Day Highlights with Private Guide
In this four hour walking tour, your expert local guide will direct you to some of the most important historical and cultural sites of the Pest.

  • Explore the importance of the Danube to Pest in ancient times.
  • Visit the Great Synagogue, Europe’s biggest place of worship for the Jewish faith. 
  • Stroll the leafy Andrássy út boulevard, passing by the National Opera House. 
  • Find out what drove Buda and Pest to unify as one large capital city.
  • Discover Pest’s stunning array of architectural styles, from Turkish era to Art Nouveau.
  • Snap pictures of St Stephen's Basilica, a neoclassical cathedral.
  • Enjoy the buzz of Pest, a vibrant cultural hub on the eastern banks of the Danube.
  • Discover the significance of the monument at the heart of  Heroes' Square.
  • End your tour at  Széchenyi Spa, a colour-rich bathing complex in Art Nouveau style.
Your tour will begin at the formidable Hungarian Parliament Building, which boasts a truly eclectic mix of architectural styles. Straddling the Danube, this stunning building is home to the Crown of St Stephen, a historically significant treasure of the Hungarian nation, bequeathed by Pope Sylvester II on Christmas Day in the year 1000. Another highlight is St Stephen’s Basilica, a neoclassical cathedral named after the first king of Hungary that is supposedly where his right hand is entombed. 

Budapest’s Great Synagogue - a statuesque landmark that ranks amongst the world’s largest places of worship for the Jewish faith - was consecrated in the city in 1859. A stroll down Andrássy út Boulevard will take you past the National Opera House built in glorious neo-Renaissance style. 

Towards the end of the boulevard, the Heroes’ Square is one of Budapest’s favourite public spaces: a popular gathering point with a monument dedicated to the Magyar (Hungarian) conquest at its heart. Your final destination on the half day tour of Pest is the largest spa in Europe, the mosaic-rich Széchenyi Spa, an immense bathing complex built in elaborate Art Nouveau style, where you have the option of purchasing tickets to explore the bubbling hot springs and steaming pools of curative waters, enjoyed throughout the centuries by around 100-million bathers.  


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