Andràssy ùt – A Fascinating Look Into Budapest’s Past

Europe - Editor - 18 November 2008

Andràssy ùt – A Fascinating Look Into Budapest’s Past

Even though Budapest in Hungary, is one of the most bustling cities in Central Europe, it is also one of the most exciting and friendly cities to visit. Visitors to Budapest will find themselves completely surrounded by beauty, architectural wonder and an abundance of attractions and sites to explore. It is also home to four of the World Heritage Sites in Hungary, namely the Millennium Underground Railway, the Buda Castle Corner, the peaceful banks of the Danube and the Andràssy ùt, or Andràssy Avenue.

The decision to construct Andràssy ùt was made in 1870, in order to connect traffic from the City Park to Elizabeth Square. Construction began in 1872 and the end result was a collaboration of three plans, from Klein & Fraser, Lajos Lechner and Frigyes Feszl. Andràssy Avenue was inaugurated on 20 August 1867, and with the breathtaking palaces and buildings lining the street by 1884, the street was mostly occupied by the upper class, such as landowners, aristocrats and bankers. The street was eventually named in 1885, and was dedicated to Prime Minister Gyula Andràssy, who was a strong and vocal supporter for the construction of Andràssy ùt.

Andràssy Avenue was declared a World Heritage Site in the year 2002 and today, it is amongst the most popular attractions in Budapest. Along this street decorated with mysterious staircases and palaces, visitors will find intriguing places to explore such as the House of Terror, Old Palace of Arts, The Pest Broadway, Puppet Theatre, Drechsler House, College of Fine Arts, Post Office Museum, Franz Liszt Square, Ferenc Hopp East Asian Art Museum, Heroes’ Square, College of Fine Arts, the Zoltan Kodaly Memorial House and Hungarian State Opera House. The Franz Liszt Square is not only home to the Academy of Music, but has many cafes within the square, where visitors can relax with ice cold refreshments and enjoy their magnificent surroundings.

Visitors to Budapest are encouraged to take a day and explore the wonderful sites on Andràssy ùt, as each building has its own unique history and entertaining features to share. It takes tourists on a road of discovery and history, which is unique and entertaining and will keep visitors entertained for hours.


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