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A Walk on Budapest's Andrássy Boulevard

Budapest’s Answer to Paris’ Champs-Élysées
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This lovely, wide street filled with Beaux Arts architecture is only a little over a mile, but every building is different and... more »

Tips:  TIP: Before starting out, check to make sure the museums are open. Many are closed on Monday.

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Points of Interest

1. Heroes’ Square (Hősők tere)

Andrássy Út may be Budapest’s answer to Paris’ Champs-Élysées, but Heroes’ Square looks more like the Brandenburg Gate than the Arc de Triomphe. It is the most picturesque place to start your walk. A semi-circle of pillars and statues reflects the country’s 1,000 year history to 1896-the year the
monument was completed... More

2. Museum of Fine Arts (Szépmüvészeti Múzeum )

Cross over to the huge neo-Classical, pillared building to see Hungary’s finest art collection dating from antiquity to modern day. View paintings of Old Masters like El Greco, Raphael and Goya. But, there is no shortage of Impressionism and famous French artists like Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir and Monet, either.

The museum is also home to more... More

Go back to Andrássy and make your way to the House of Terror. Located in the building that was once the headquarters of the Arrow Cross (the Hungarian Fascist Movement that murdered Jews) and later, the Communist Secret Police who used the building as a torture center. Dedicated to the victims of both the Holocaust and Communist regimes,... More

4. New York Palace Café (New York Palota)

After the Museum of Terror, you certainly need something to change your mood. The New York Palace Café is a bit out of the way but it is worth the detour. Continue down Andrássy Boulevard to about three streets down and make a left. Go down about three streets and you will see a very over-the-top, glitzy, Italian-Renaissance-styled... More

5. Franz Liszt Memorial Museum (Liszt Ferenc Emlékmúzeum)

Make your way back to Andrássy to visit the Franz Liszt Memorial Museum. Fans of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and Liszt will be interested in seeing his last home. Some of the rooms still have his original furniture and instruments. Not only was this his living quarters but it also served as the original home of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music... More

It’s hard to miss this opulent neo-Renaissance structure because a pair of marble sphinx guards the driveway and Franz Liszt and Ferenc Erkel (the father of the Hungarian Opera) statues stand alongside the entrance. You must sign up for a tour to see the interior’s grand staircases, wood-paneled corridors, salons, four tiers of boxes and its... More

Now it is time for an early dinner. Located right next the opera house is a lovely art deco restaurant with domed ceilings and arched doorways. Callas Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a snack. The ever-changing menu has an international flair. You might find French, Italian, Greek entrees along with traditional Hungarian dishes. You... More