Heroes' Square

An important square containing a monumental statue complex dedicated to the Magyar chieftains and other national leaders.

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Combine the visit with a stroll along Andrássy avenue, and try to visit both by day and night — it’s quite a different experience

Heroes’ Square was built in 1896 to mark the thousandth anniversary of Hungary. One of the major squares in Budapest, it is found at the end of Andrássy Avenue, next to City Park. It is among the most visited tourist attractions in the city, hosting the Museum of Fine Arts and the Mücsarnok Hall of Art, but it is particularly famous for its Millennial Monument.

Set in the middle of the huge plaza, the Millennial Monument is fittingly colossal. It celebrates the grand history and culture of Hungary since its inception. At its front sits a large stone cenotaph surrounded by an iron chain. The cenotaph reads: “To the memory of the heroes who gave their lives for the freedom of our people and our national independence.”

Archangel Gabriel stands on top of the central pillar, holding the holy crown and the cross of Christianity. Below are the seven chieftains of the Magyars who led the Hungarian people into the Carpathian Basin, including Árpád, who is considered the founder of the Hungarian nation. To either side important historical figures stand atop towering colonnades. Altogether, they are awe-inspiring.

Changing hands

When the monument was originally built Hungary was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, so the five spaces for statues were reserved for members of the ruling Habsburg dynasty. When the empire dissolved after WWII they were replaced with statues of Hungarian freedom fighters.

A hero’s welcome

The square is very historically significant: it was here, for example, that 250,000 Hungarians gathered to witness the reburial of Imre Nagry in 1989. Nagry was the former Primer Minister of Hungary who led the 1956 uprising against the Soviet occupation and was summarily executed in 1958. The Heroes’ Square is a patriotic emblem for the Hungarian people, so it was only appropriate that he return there.

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Széchenyi Baths
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House of Terror Museum
A chilling museum, containing exhibits related to the fascist and communist regimes of the 20th century.
Memorial to the 1956 Revolution
A fascinating abstract sculpture, commemorating the anti-government uprising that occurred in 1956.
Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial
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Seventh District
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Related Tours

Highlights of Pest: Private Walking Tour
Explore the fascinating and vibrant Pest District of Hungary’s capital city, famous for its Jewish history, and its mix of stunning architectural styles. On your private tour you will:

  • Enjoy the personal attention of your expert private guide.
  • Discover the Pest district of Budapest, and learn why the two cities of Buda and Pest were united.
  • Wander along the eastern banks of the Danube River, whilst learning of its importance to the city since ancient times.
  • Learn about the Jewish community and their history in Budapest at the Holocaust Memorial centre
  • Visit the Great Synagogue, and enjoy a privately guided tour of Europe’s largest Jewish place of worship, with skip the line tickets included.
  • Tour inside the stunning Basilica of St Stephen’s, a neoclassical Cathedral (entrance included).
  • Learn about Hungary’s politics as you stand in front of the magnificent Parliament Building. 
  • Pass by the Vörösmarty tér statue and stop for a photo at the Ferris Wheel of Budapest.
  • Experience the friendly, buzzing atmosphere of downtown Pest, a vibrant, trendy, cultural and artistic neighbourhood. 
  • Stop by the Heroes Square, the Opera House, and House of Terror.
  • Admire the plethora of fabulous architectural styles – Gothic, Turkish, Art Nouveau and Neo-Classical among others.
  • Stroll through the tranquil park to see the beautiful Vajdahunyad Castle.
  • End your tour with the gorgeous Széchenyi Spa, a luxury bathing complex. (Entrance not included. Please note if you wish to enter you will need to have a vaccination certificate).

Budapest is really two cities, Buda and Pest, combined. The Pest district lies on the eastern bank of the Danube River and is famous for its vibrant atmosphere, Jewish community and history, and stunning mix of architectural styles from Gothic to Art Nouveau. Your private guide will show you all the most important highlights of the district on your private walking tour. 

Learn all about the Jewish community, as you step inside the Great Synagogue, a statuesque landmark that ranks amongst the world’s largest places of worship for the Jewish faith and was consecrated in the city in 1859. Stroll the leafy Andrássy út boulevard, passing by the neo-Renaissance National Opera House and other national buildings, including the formidable and magnificent Hungarian Parliament. 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. 

Walk into the Heroes’ Square, 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. 
Full-Day Private Tour of Budapest, with tickets included
On this six-hour tour, your expert local guide will direct you to some of the most important historical and cultural sites of Budapest. On your private tour, you will:

  • Commence your tour on Castle Hill, which offers phenomenal panoramas of the city.
  • Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church with tickets included
  • Revel in the quietude of Buda and its characterful, storied streets.
  • 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. 
  • Find out what drove Buda and Pest to unify as one large capital city.
  • Discover Budapest’s stunning array of architectural styles, from the Turkish era to Art Nouveau.
  • Admire the scale and finery of the Hungarian Parliament Building. 
  • Visit two of Europe’s most important synagogues at Dohány Street Synagogue and Rumbach Street Synagogue
  • Admire the elegance of St Stephen's Basilica, a neoclassical cathedral (tickets included).
  • End your tour at  Széchenyi Spa, a colour-rich bathing complex in Art Nouveau style (tickets not included – please pre-book for the spa, if you wish). 
Budapest is blessed with some truly superb, grand buildings in Gothic, Art Nouveau, Romantic, Neo-Gothic and Turkish era style: a pleasing mix of genres that draws millions of culture buffs to the city each year.  The capital of Hungary is the administrative, cultural, economic, educational, financial and trade hub of the nation. The mighty Danube River, broad and sweeping, neatly dissects the city, with the old city of Buda extending into the hills on the west bank and Pest sitting in the lowlands to the east. As Hungary’s largest metropolitan hub, Budapest boasts more diversity in its ethnicity still, combined with the historical legacies of Asiatic conquer, Mongol invasion, Ottoman siege, German control and Soviet rule. 

Immerse yourself in the unique character of Budapest with its beautiful buildings, fairytale towers, storied streets, Hungarian culture, quirky communist-era sites and gritty spirit. Stroll some of the streets to access treasures best viewed on foot, and journey via luxury transport to the city’s far-flung corners. Your expert local guide will provide a narrative to your exploration of Budapest’s most compelling historical and cultural sites. Visit Castle Hill, an elevated focal point of Budapest’s history that is home to some of the city’s most iconic medieval monuments such as the fairytale towers at the Fisherman’s Bastion and handsome Matthias Church with its royal connections. 

The St Stephen’s Basilica, an elegant neoclassical cathedral named after the first king of Hungary, is the most sacred of all Catholic churches in the country and took 54 years to construct, finally opening in 1905. Similarly impressive is the Great Synagogue, one of the largest places of worship of the Jewish faith in the world. Your tour ends at Széchenyi Spa, an Art Nouveau bathing complex of grand decor filled with hot bubbling pools, outside baths and whirlpools. The largest spa bath in Europe, the Széchenyi Spa boasts iconic status in Hungary and is used by people of all ages, including families, for bathing rituals in its spring-fed curative bathhouse. You are free to enjoy the spa at your leisure at the end of the tour (price not included). 

Please note: if you wish to visit the spa, you must provide proof of vaccination. 


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