Andrássy Way, Hungary
Once you get past the rather built up and hectic (though still picturesque) section of Andrassy ut that leads to Oktogon, you will discover that the street suddenly changes. Huge and beautiful buildings with intricate and ornate facades are separated from the main road by grassy traffic islands – reflecting good urban planning. This street was constructed as part of the nation’s millennium celebrations in 1896, along with the M1 metro, which runs beneath it. It was started in 1872 and took twelve years to complete. Since then, it has been renamed several times: first after Prime Minister Andrassy, then it changed to (believe it or not) Sztalin (i.e. Stalin) ut and after Stalin was denounced it was changed again to ‘Avenue of the People’s Republic’. Finally, in 1990 it changed back to Andrassy ut – which many had continued calling it all along. Enjoy a stroll all the way up to Hero’s Square, from where you can catch the M1 back to Vorosmarty. (From mytravelguide.com)
Surrounded by the Arts, Elegant Palaces, Exclusive Shops and Atmospheric Cafes (by danubiusmagazin.hu, edited)
The Cultural Boulevard is an imaginary promenade stretching between the Castle District in Buda and the City Park in Pest. Some of the most interesting cultural and historic sights of the Hungarian capital are along this route. No wonder, it is a World Heritage sight. Some of Budapest’s most famous buildings, museums, cafes, confectionaries and theatres are included between the two ends of the Cultural Boulevard, so this walk is a good way to discover the city. Many cultural institutions have become famous sights: palaces and former villas, The Franz Liszt Memorial Museum, KOGArt House, The Ferenc Hopp East-Asian Museum, Postal Museum, The Hungarian State Opera, the Terror Museum, The Art Academy, a five-star luxury hotel and some beautiful shops selling luxury goods, such as Czech crystals, Herend porcelain and French jewelry. It is a joy even to look at Caprice jewelry, but you can also buy them here, along with designer watches, shoes, clothes and even special balloons.
It is worth going underground here, as well. If you hop on the yellow line, you will travel on the first underground on the Continent and you can see an exhibition of the underground’s history at the Deák Square Stations, as well as exciting displays at each of the stops.
This main thoroughfare is actually quite beautiful and still serves its purposes of moving traffic through a congested part of the city. Between the Opera House and about mid-street, it is quite commercial in nature. The typical high-end luxury goods can be found here. On the Hero’s Square side of the street the homes, neigh, mansions/compounds are stunning. Several foreign embassies are located here along with offices and presumably private residences. At some points the street is divided into four sections: the main opposing lanes and two access roads on the opposite side of tree lined walking islands. The pedestrian and bicyclist lights are a bit confusing at certain intersections, so be careful. The tree-lined islands appear to only have been planted within the last twenty years or so as the trees are not very mature and therefore provide limited shade. A final personal recommendation: In the summer choose to walk on the side of the street that is shaded from the sun.