Whenever friends come to visit me in Budapest, I always tell them that they’re going to get a sore neck. So much of Budapest’s beauty is above eye level that you spend a lot of time looking up. One of my favorite looking-up spots in Budapest is City Park (Városliget). Complete with a fairy tale castle and fantastical facades, this old public park is such a stunner that you won’t even mind the sore neck.
We begin our walk at Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere). The square’s statue complex known as the Millennium Memorial was completed in 1900 and is a World Heritage Site.
As you stand in the square and face the column, you will see two museums on each side of you. On your left stands The Museum of Fine Arts. Completed in 1906, its collection is made up of over 100,000 pieces.
Opposite The Museum of Fine Arts is the Palace of Art (Művészetek Palotája), a contemporary art museum built in 1895.
Now walk through Heroes’ Square and into the park. On your right you will pass the entrance to the City Park Ice Rink, Europe’s largest outdoor ice-skating rink. In the summer months, the rink turns into a lake.
Cross the bridge until you come to Vajdahunyad Castle. Built in 1896, this castle presents several major art styles and houses the Agricultural Museum.
The Vajdahunyad Castle was built between 1896 and 1908 as part of the Millennial Exhibition celebrating the 1000 year anniversary of Hungary.
Walk across the moat through the giant entrance into the Vajdahunyad Castle. There you will find buildings representing different styles of architecture.
Leave the castle and proceed straight ahead until you come to the main road. Across the street, you will see the neo-baroque Széchenyi Medicinal Baths (Széchenyi-gyógyfürdő). Built in 1913, Széchenyi is the largest medicinal bath in Europe.
If you are facing the front entrance of Széchenyi Baths, turn right and continue down the road until you come to The Budapest Zoo. Built in 1866, the zoo is one of the oldest in Europe.
This final shot always makes me smile.
Thanks for joining me on this week’s Wednesday Walk. If you’ve never been to Budapest – what part of City Park would YOU like to see? If you live in Hungary, what’s your favorite part of the park?