Andrassy Avenue has also been called Hungary’s Champs Elysees on numerous occasions throughout history. It is THE place to take a walk while spending time in Hungary’s capital city, offering dozens of café’s, luxury shops, cultural institutions and amazing architectural sightings.
Andrassy Avenue was recognized by UNESCO and is a World Heritage Site. The avenue was built back in 1872 in order to connect the Budapest’s beautiful center with the city’s park. The imposing avenue was completed by 1885. It was lined with a series of stunning palaces built by the elite of the time. Bankers, aristocrats, political figures all built properties on this unique plot of real-estate. In fact, backing for the project came from the Prime Minister of the time Gyula Andrassy.
In order to keep the elegance and unspoiled grandeur of the avenue, city officials of the time decided to move any form of public transport underground. This is how the Millennium Underground Railway, the first in Europe was built in 1896. Its main purpose was to connect the busy central Budapest to Varosliget, where numerous events took place including the Millenium Celebration.
Andrassy Avenue changed its name along with the tumultuous history of the 20th century. It was first renamed Stalin Boulevard after World War II and Hungarian Youth Avenue in 1956. Until the collapse of communism it was named People’s Republic Boulevard returning to its official name after the 1989 revolution. Since the fall of communism Andrassy Avenue has recovered most of its former glory, becoming one of the most chic places in Budapest. It has been populated by numerous high-end fashion names as well as some of the best local designers. It also boasts elegant café’s, fine dining restaurants, and thematic bars to give this legendary avenue a truly bohemian feel.
Those visiting should know that the avenue is mainly split into four distinct parts. The part from Elizabeth Square to Oktogon is filled with all manner of commercial buildings as well as the stunning Opera House or the charming Ferenc Liszt Square. Further along, tourists will go from Oktogon to Kodaly korond, a section of the avenue that boasts several imposing residences which are now either embassies or high-end residential building. The Terror Museum can also be found on this section.
The third section takes tourists from Kodaly koron to Bajza utca, a mostly residential part of the avenue which still offers some stunning turn of the century architecture. The final part of the avenue will take visitors from Bajza utca to Heroes Square. This section has some of the most imposing palaces and gardens in the city and is also home to more embassies.
Andrassy Avenue is the perfect place for tourists that appreciate architecture or simply want to take in the city and have a relaxing walk along its picturesque streets.