Andrassy Avenue - Budapest
Photos by Phil Watkins
Apart from the mighty Danube there is also another major attraction that runs through the heart of central Budapest; Andrassy Avenue. Like an artery in the human body this major road runs from Deak Ter (a stone’s throw from the river front and the fashionable Váci Utca) all the way north to the magnificent Hösök Tere
(Heroes' Square) and whilst you are here you must experience this enchanting stroll.
The second oldest metro line in the world (M1) runs directly below the street along the same route and you are guaranteed to feel the tremors below your feet as the metro cars rumble along the tracks a mere 5 metres below you. After the walk north treat yourself to a ride on the metro line not only due to the distance involved between the ends of Andrassy but mainly for the fascinating décor of the metal, wood and tiled stations and quaintness of the miniature metro cars.
Along the walk past the fashionable boutiques at the lower end of Andrassy be sure to stop by the traditional coffee shop Muvesz to sip a drink, eat some cake and watch the world pass you by. Depending on the time of year this is also an excellent location to view some of the many events that occur along this vast thoroughfare such as the Budapest Marathon, European Arts Day and a Critical Mass cycle past.
Continuing on your way north you will come across the gorgeous State Opera House
which has so many hidden treasures and features you'll need to set aside some time to ensure you get the most from this spectacular architectural gem. Strolling on will take you past Jokai and Liszt Ferenc Ter where you can stop to refresh with some typical Hungarian food and bring you to the insanely busy meeting point of Oktogon.
Carrying on over the intersection will take you through Alice's looking glass as you will suddenly find yourself into a quieter and more suburban stretch of Andrassy whilst behind the hustle and bustle continues on. The northern stretch of the avenue is home to the House of Terror which highlights the atrocities conducted during the war and Communist era's; be sure to stop here and take in the darker history of Budapest. Once you are walking again you will pass the beautiful and tranquil Kodaly Körönd with its lavish buildings and statues before coming across an endless line of embassies and government buildings whilst in the distance you are constantly gazed upon by the mighty Archangel Gabriel.
Once you pass these buildings you will have made it to Heroes Square
and have succeeded in walking the length of Andrassy, congratulations and enjoy the metro ride back after exploring further. (By Phil Watkins
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