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 Hungary’s entry into the EU, it unfortunately no longer functions; when it did the ‘sand’ (actually glass granules) flowed from the upper to the lower chamber for one year, finishing exactly at midnight on New Year’s Eve, when the wheel was reset to begin its annual flow.

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Nearby Budapest attractions

1. 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…

2. Palace of Art

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The Palace of Art, reminiscent of a Greek temple, is among the city’s largest exhibition spaces. It focuses on contemporary visual arts, with some three…

3. Kőrössy Villa

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Built as a family home in 1899, this delightful villa at the top end of Városligeti fasor near City Park is master architect Kálmán Albert Körössy's most…

4. Heroes' Square

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Heroes’ Sq is the largest and most symbolic square in Budapest. It is dominated by the Millenary Monument (Ezeréves emlékmű), a 36m-high pillar topped by…

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. Vajdahunyad Castle


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

7. 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,…

8. Anonymous Statue

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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…