Shopfronts on Vaci utca, Inner Town.

Váci utca

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The capital’s premier pedestrian shopping street is crammed for the most part with chain stores, touristy restaurants, ripoff bars and a smattering of shops and sights worth seeking out. Its more unique spots include the art nouveau interior of the Philanthia flower shop at No 9-11; Thonet House at No 11/a, a masterpiece built by Ödön Lechner in 1890; and the sumptuous Bank Palace at V Deák utca 5, built in 1915 and now converted into a shopping gallery.

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1. Inner Town Parish Church

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A Romanesque church was first built on the eastern side of Március 15 tér in the 12th century, within a Roman fortress. The present church was rebuilt in…

2. Párisi Udvar

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Built in 1909, Párisi Udvar is a stunning, ornately decorated piece of Eclectic architecture, with Moorish, Gothic and art nouveau elements. It was for…

3. University Church

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This Baroque church was built in 1742 on the site of an Ottoman mosque. Above the main altar hangs a copy of the Black Madonna of Czetochowa, which is…

4. Contra Aquincum

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Under Plexiglas in V Március 15 tér you'll find the remains of a Roman fortress – an outpost of the Roman town of Aquincum – dating back to the 3rd…

5. Petőfi Museum of Literature

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Just north of Egyetem tér and housed in the sumptuous neoclassical Károly Palace (Károlyi Palota), dating from 1840, this museum is devoted to Sándor…

6. Egyetem tér

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Boasting a fountain, abstract sculpture, benches and shade sails, ‘University Sq’ takes its name from the branch of the prestigious Loránd Eötvös Science…

7. Károly Garden

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A pleasant place to take a breather, this flowered-filled garden was built for the Károly Palace, which now houses the Petőfi Museum of Literature…

8. Thonet House

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The four-storey Thonet House is an art nouveau masterpiece designed and built by Ödön Lechner in 1890.