Budapest City Park – Budapest Varosliget

Budapest City Park – Detailed information about the city park: amusement park, zoo, botanical garden, municipal circus.

Budapest City Park  – Budapest Varosliget

Budapest city park

Városliget (City Park) is a public park in Budapest close to the city centre. Its main entrance is Heroes' Square (Hősök tere), one of Hungary's World Heritage sites.
The area was formerly called Ökör-dűlő, meaning "Oxmeadow". The first mention of the name comes from 1241 in the archaic form, Ukurföld. In the 18th century the area was called Ochsenried in German. Around 1800 the official name was changed to Batthyány-erdő (Batthyány Forest) after its tenants, the Batthyány family. The first trees and planified walkways were established in 1751 and after the public park was created in the first decades of the 19th century the present-day name, Városliget was accepted and it became the first public park in the world.
City Park was the main venue of the 1896 millennium celebrations of Hungary, by which time Andrássy Avenue, Millennium Underground and the Grand Boulevard were built.
1061 Budapest, Andrássy út
Andrássy Avenue is a 2,310-metre boulevard lined with buildings in uniform architecture and linking the City Centre with the City Park. Andrássy Avenue, including the Millennium Underground Railway, running beneath the surface, as well as Heroes’ Square, located at is end, was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2002. It accommodates the crème de la ...
1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 37.
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The Art Gallery was founded in 1877 on the initiative of the Hungarian National Fine Arts Association. The original building was situated at 69–71 Andrássy Street, now home to the University of Fine Arts. The exhibition hall on Heroes’ Square was erected in 1896 for the millennium celebrations, and was designed by Albert Schikedanz. Today the hall operates ...
The predecessor of the Municipal Circus held its grand opening in the year 1891 in the City Park. They have moved a number of times – they’ve used their current building since 1971. It is the only stone circus of Central Europe (with a capacity pf 1850 seats), and it can be visited in any kind of weather. The cast of the circus has and had quite a few ...
1146 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 6-12.
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The Budapest Zoo, built in 1866, is the oldest and largest zoo park of Hungary. Until the 1950s, it was the sole zoo park of the country. Its 11-hectare territory has been declared a natural preserve area in 1986. The park features 3,500 species of plants and 750 animal species, with 5,000 specimens. A major renovation began in 1990, resulting in nearly ...
Budapest, XIV. Városliget, Széchenyi-sziget
The biggest museum of agriculture in Europe can be found in the Castle of Vajdahunyad on the Széchenyi-island in Városliget, Budapest in outstanding building. Its designer Ignác Alpár merged different architectural styles, made use of different elements, details of well-known buildings of historical Hungary. Citizens of Budapest named this group of ...
1146 Budapest, Hősök tere
Located at the end of Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square is the entrance to the City Park as well as one of the most spectacular venues in Budapest. The three main sites of the square include the Hall of Art, built in 1896, the Museum of Fine Arts, inaugurated in December 1906, as well as the Millennium Monument, linking both buildings visually. The latter ...
1146 Budapest, Olof Palme sétány 5.
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Europe’s largest ice-skating rink is located at the edge of the City Park, enclosed between Heroes’ Square and Vajdahunyad Castle. This is the second such establishment in Europe, built in 1926, shortly after the construction of the one in Vienna, Austria. In the wintertime, a continuous, 12,000 m2 large ice surface is generated by special machinery ...
1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 41.
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The millenary session of the Hungarian Parliament in 1896 passed a law whereby art collections previously held in different institutions were to be unified and placed in the newly-established Museum of Fine Arts.  On the basis of a competitive tender, Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herzog were commissioned to design and construct the building, which ...
1146 Budapest, Városligeti körút 11.
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The Budapest-based Museum of Transportation is one of the longest-standing technical museums. Its permanent exhibitions include objects and documents from the history of public road, railway, air and city traffic, shipping, space travel, road and bridge construction.
1146 Budapest, Zichy Mihály út 14.
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Europe’s largest ice-skating rink is located at the edge of the City Park, enclosed between Heroes’ Square and Vajdahunyad Castle. This is the second such establishment in Europe, built in 1926, shortly after the construction of the one in Vienna, Austria. In the wintertime, a continuous, 12,000 m2 large ice surface is generated by special machinery ...

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