City Park


City Park is Pest’s green lung, an open space measuring almost a square kilometre that hosted most of the events during Hungary’s 1000th anniversary celebrations in 1896. In general, museums lie to the south of XIV Kós Károly sétány, while activities of a less cerebral nature, including the zoo and the Széchenyi Baths, are to the north. At the time of writing, there was much public protest over government plans to cut down trees and build controversial new venues within the park.

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1. Vajdahunyad Castle

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Erected for the 1896 millenary celebrations originally in canvas and later built in stone, the castle was modelled after a fortress in Transylvania – but…

2. Hungarian Agricultural Museum


This huge and rather esoteric museum is housed in the stunning baroque and gothic wings of Vajdahunyad Castle. Scattered across a dozen palatial halls,…

3. Anonymous Statue


The statue of the hooded figure opposite Vajdahunyad Castle is that of Anonymous, the unknown chronicler at the court of King Béla III (r 1172–96) who…

4. Ják Chapel

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The little church with the jungly, overgrown cloister opposite Vajdahunyad Castle is called Ják Chapel because its intricate, many-layered portal was…

5. Apostles' Tower

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Accessed via the Hungarian Agricultural Museum, the Apostles' Tower stands 30m tall and looks down on the beautiful Ják Chapel, as well as giving you a…

6. Gatehouse Tower

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Covered in vines, the turreted Gatehouse Tower, part of the Vajdahunyad Castle, greets visitors as they cross the footbridge to the small island in the…

7. Timewheel

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The Timewheel, on City Park’s western edge, is the world’s largest hourglass, standing 8m high and weighing 60 tonnes. Unveiled in 2004 to commemorate…

8. 1956 Hungarian Revolution Monument

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This monolithic assembly of gleaming metal and rusting steel columns erected in 2006 to mark the 50th anniversary of the abortive uprising stands on the…