Wednesday Walk in Budapest: City Park

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.

Heroes’ Square, Budapest

Heroes’ Square, Budapest

Heroes’ Square, Budapest

Heroes’ Square, Budapest

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.

Frieze on top of The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

Opposite The Museum of Fine Arts is the Palace of Art (Művészetek Palotája), a contemporary art museum built in 1895.

Hall of Arts (Mücsarnok), Budapest

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.

Entrance to the City Park Ice Rink, Budapest

City Park, Budapest

Cross the bridge until you come to Vajdahunyad Castle. Built in 1896, this castle presents several major art styles and houses the Agricultural Museum.

Bridge Crossing City Park Lake, Budapest

The Vajdahunyad Castle was built between 1896 and 1908 as part of the Millennial Exhibition celebrating the 1000 year anniversary of Hungary.

Vajdahunyad Castle in City Park, Budapest

Walk across the moat through the giant entrance into the Vajdahunyad Castle. There you will find buildings representing different styles of architecture.

Baroque Section of Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest

Spires of Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest

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.

Széchenyi Baths, Budapest

Seahorse on Rooftop of Széchenyi Baths, Budapest

Top of Column at Széchenyi Medicinal Baths, Budapest. Notice the sea shells on her neck.

Side Entrance at Széchenyi Baths, Budapest

Front Entrance to Széchenyi Baths, Budapest

Top of a column at Széchenyi Baths

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.

Rooftop at Entrance to Budapest Zoo, Budapest

Door Detail at Entrance to Budapest Zoo

Carved Elephants at Entrance to Budapest Zoo

This final shot always makes me smile.

Entrance of the Budapest Zoo

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?


13 thoughts on “Wednesday Walk in Budapest: City Park

  1. Two things, if I may add. The museum you addressed as the Palace of Arts is in fact the Hall of Arts (Mücsarnok). The Palace of Arts is on the bank of the Danube, beside the National Theater, and it’s hosting the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Arts as well. The other thing, you forgot the Vidámpark (Fun Fair), which has museal and beautiful buildings as well as lots of cool games :-) this is the last season of it at the current location, so it’s an unreproducable experience to visit it this year. Otherwise, great collection!

  2. Very beautiful! I marveled at a lot of the same sights on our last visit, brought back great memories and I can’t wait to come back in July! Vajdahunyad Castle is one place we never got too, maybe this year!

  3. Thanks for the wonderful walk down memory lane! As someone who is positively aching to come back to Budapest, I love being able to “visit” through your blog!

  4. I simply love your blog on all the great things in Budapest. I loved the Church inside the Vajdahunyad Castle. It is not always open to tourists but it is lovely to view from outside. Next to the church is the Statue of Anonymous that is also a must. Love the park in summer when the markets are open and there is lots of nice Hungarian food to taste.

    Thinking of all the friends in Budapest with the floods. Please be safe.

  5. Wow, Budapest is absolutely beautiful. Honestly, I am not very familiar at all. Today was my last day of school and I am adding your blog to my summer reading. I just loved your first book and though I love teaching, I love the summer break. I am going to school online as well so I survived my first year teaching and being a student! I am excited for the time to read for pleasure again. Happy Summer! Enjoy your beautiful city.

  6. Wow, these pictures are fantastic! I loved looking through them and I plan on going through them once again after I leave this comment (and maybe again, after that, haha). Very nice website! This is a beautiful city! I have yet to journey there but I will have to add it to my list of places that I must see one day.

  7. Thank You so much to show My Beautiful Hometown to the world. You truly captured the beauty and atmosphere of Hungary’s capital city. As a Hungarian who lives in the US it is very special and heart warming to follow a fellow American’s life in the place of my roots! Hugs hugs hugs :0)

  8. I am 74 years old and I started working in a Hungarian restaurant when I was 23. I met and married my Hungarian husband in 1966. I always wanted to go to Hungary as I fell in love with the Hungarian people, food and culture. My husband had not interest in going to visit Hungary so therefore I did not get to go. Before I die I would LOVE to visit there but have no one to go with now. God bless you for showing the pictures.

    • Dear Jeannie,

      If you decided to come here, I would be happy to be your guide here. I was born and raised here and I know the city well. It would be an honour to show you this gem of Hungary.

  9. As you already said, the Vajdahunyad castle was built for the 1000th anniversary of Hungary. For this occasion they gathered some small parts of important buildings in the country , i.e. the Vajdahunyad castle itself is now in Romania, as well as the barokk part which can be found in Gyulafehérvár (now in Romania too), the little church is now on the western part of Hungary, called Ják.

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