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The short descriptions of these walks aim to help you find Budapest’s main attractions while taking a relatively light walk. We do not go into details, as they can be found in most guidebooks  – however, the walks are worth to take. The direction of the walks can be reversed, routes can be expanded, or connected with the help of a bicycle. And do not forget: you can get a most beautiful scenic ride of Budapest if you take tram 2 - and it only costs you a ticket. :-)

 

Read about the history of the city here.

 

I. Inner city wanderings from the Synagogue through Váci utca to the Great Market Hall (4 km, 2-3 hours appr.)

Zsinagóga (Synagogue) – Gerlóczy utca – Városház utca – Ferencierk tere – Kígyó utca – Váci utca – Vörösmarty tér – Dorottya utca - Roosevelt tér – Duna korzó – Duna utca – Ferenciek tere – Kecskeméti utca – Károlyi Kert - Papnövelde utca – Váci utca – Nagy vásárcsarnok (Great Market Hall)

Downtown walk

We start the tour from the Synagogue of Dohány utca. Go straight through Gerlóczy utca, and have a cup of coffee next to the City Hall, in the excellent, parisian atmosphere of Gerlóczy Café, a place where even Stephen Spielberg shot some scenes. Turning left, on your left you see the old City Hall, and on the right, the small place is called Pilvax köz – this is where, in a café, the youth of 15 March 1848 gathered to start the 1848-49 revolution. This part of the city was within the city walls of old Pest, lots of classicist buildings still remain, one of them is the City Hall.

We take Városház utca all the way to Ferenciek tere, which square is one of the nodes of Budapest, therefore, you better watch your valuables. Here you can see old, but a bit run-down mansions. Jégbüfé (ice buffet) restaurant is not so special, unless you want to watch the traffic through the glass wall while eating cakes. If the waffel shop is open, it is worth a try (you do not need to go into the shop, it has a window to the street). While eating the waffel, take a look at the building you got it in, then check out the Klotild and Matild Palace, on the sides of the road leading to Erzsébet híd (Elizabeth bridge). On the floor of the northern palace is the excellent modern Budapest gallery. Ferenciek tere got its name from the franciscan church which can be found here.

Turning towards the river, we continue our walk through Kígyó utca – while there, take a look inside Párizsi udvar, which started as a grandiose archway, but nowadays it is rather run-down.  Walking further, we arrive at the largest pedestrian street of Budapest, Váci utca. Turn right, and take it until the square called Vörösmarty tér. You can even do some shopping on your way, if you like cheap quality souvenirs or expensive brands. A better idea, however, is to save your money for the nearby Deák Ferenc utca, or Andrássy út, which have recently become the headquarters of international luxury brands. When in Váci utca, no matter how kindly they invite you, do _not_ go into a Hungarian restaurant!

Vörösmarty tér is the centre of Budapest, with lots of palaces, the building of the stock exchange, and the renown Gerbeaud café and confectioner’s. After the sweets, we continue our walk going past Hotel Sofitel, heading towards Roosevelt tér. On the right side of the square you can see the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, and the beautifully renovated Gresham Palace, which runs as a hotel. On the far side of the square, you can find the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Walking back by the other side of the square, you arrive onto Lánchíd, which bridge will only take you to Buda side – so before you reach it, walk a few steps downstairs, then get to the other side of the bridge by the tunnel underneath it. Continuing our trip we take the beautiful Dunakorzó, a route next to Intercontinental and Marriott Hotel. Walking past intimate cafés and restaurants, you can admire the panorama of the Buda Castle, part of the UNESCO World Heritage. After reaching the Erzsébet bridge, you can admire the Inner City Temple (Belvárosi Templom) and the building of a piarist secondary school. Getting back to Ferenciek tere, you can rest in the huge and excellent Centrál Café. If you are more into having a light lunch, walk next to Károlyi palace, and look for Alibi Café – on the beautiful university square, where not only meals, but café and cakes are also excellent (we recommend it because it is one of our favourites).

If the weather is nice, you can take a detour and visit Budapest’s nicest little garden, Károlyi kert, then reach the southern part of Váci utca through the huge building of the Law Faculty. (Next to the pedestrian street, Fat Mo’s is one of the popular clubs, plus a shop for young designers and applied artists). We walk through Váci utca until we reach the huge building of Nagyvásárcsarnok – the Great Market Hall. Contrary to its fame, it is in no way more interesting than any other market in the world (unless one is into architecture), on the first floor, however, you can buy different kinds of souvenirs.

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