"City Park (Városliget)" City Park - Varosliget Tip by leffe3

City Park - Varosliget, Budapest: 56 reviews and 137 photos

Quite some schlepp from the river on the Pest side, along Andrássy út, is the City Park (Városliget). It's not just a green oasis in the middle of the city - with its museums, baths, lake, funfair etc, Városliget is to Budapest what Central Park is to New York. With activities ongoing morning, noon and night, it's a focal point to the city. As well as open spaces, playing fields, picnic areas etc, the park is home to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Palace of Art, Vajdahunyad Castle (now the Agricultural Museum), the City Zoo, the Széchyeni Baths, the Municipal Grand Circus and Vidám Park funfair. The lake freezes over in the winter to provide a natural ice rink.

The site was the venue for the 1000th anniversary celebrations of 1896 and made into a park immediately after - hence the building of many of the buldings. Vajdahunyad Castle, modelled on a Transylvanian Fortress, was built to house the Military Exhibition at the Great Fair. The little church opposite the castle, Ják Chapel, is based on the 13th century Abbey church in Ják in Transdanubia.

Metro station at H?sök tere (Heroes Sq) will get you there.

Address: 1146 Budapest, XIV. kerület, Városliget
Directions: Behind Heroes Square, access by metro M1 (Szechenyi furdo station) or trolleybuses #70, 72, 74, 75, 79
Phone: (+36) 1/343-3198
Website: http://www.facebook.com/varosligetcafe

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 4, 2007
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