Sights in Budapest


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Váci utca (Váci street)

is one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares and perhaps the most famous street of central Budapest. It is a succession of boutiques, footwear and leather shops, jewelers, arts and craft)s shops, offices of leading airline companies and branches of various commercial and service industries. Among the retaliers located here are: Zara, H&M, Mango, ESPRIT, Douglas AG, Swarovski, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Nike. The street opens to Vörösmarty Square.

The majority of the buildings were constructed at the turn of the 20th century but there are minor details that add to the special atmosphere. There are small hidden passages, cast iron balconies, art nouveau style decoration and Zsolnay ceramic tyles that make each building different and worth noting.  At the north end of the Vörösmarty sqare with the famous Gerbeaud café can be found.

Street musicians,

portrait drawers and folklore fairs make the sqaure vivid.  Paralell with the Váci street runs the Danube Promenade, from where one can have a beautiful view of the Buda castle and the Gellért Hill.

Walking along the Danube one will pass by the Redout, built in romantic style and at the foot of the Chainbridge, the representative palace of the Hungarian Academy of Science worth mentioning. The Váci utca area is the "very downtown" of Budapest, in Váci utca there are usually more tourists than locals.

Along the Danube promenade and close to Vörösmarty tér the most prominent hotels of the city can be found.