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“Think of it as a Cautionary Tale” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Vorosmarty Square (Vorosmarty ter)

Vorosmarty Square (Vorosmarty ter)
Vorosmarty ter, Budapest, Hungary (Belváros-Lipótváros)
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Ranked #53 of 230 Attractions in Budapest
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Dining
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Owner description: One of Budapest's most upscale areas offers fashionable shops and numerous cafes and restaurants serving Hungarian and international cuisine.
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“Think of it as a Cautionary Tale”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I remember Vorosmarty Ter when it was merely a pleasant must see tourist destination where one could stroll the nearby pedestrian walk of Vaci Utca or sit in the overpriced but important Gerbeaud Cafe with an espresso and a slice of Dobos and with the backdrop of beautiful Secessionist style buildings chat with your partner and watch the world unfold.
But no longer.
About 7 years ago they tore down one of those fine buildings and replaced it like a sore thumb with a glass and steel ING financed structure whose purpose, as far as I could tell, was primarily to house yet another Hard Rock Cafe and McDonalds. The remaining Heritage buildings sit quietly in the background looking sadly at their lively new neighbor and grimly pondering their own future.
The square is now filled with kiosks, loud music, and generally a carnival atmosphere which appeals to a certain type of tourist who associates good travel experiences with partying at those ever safe and familiar haunts they are drawn to like an oasis in the desert.
In my opinion it is worth no more than 5 minutes of one's time. Consider it a good sobering look at what a city, so cash strapped, is willing to tear down and put up to attract the tourist buck. Unfortunately once done it cannot be undone. Even the once grand Gerbeaud Cafe has been diminished and instead of sitting gladly on their terrace with one of their overpriced Dobos cakes and an espresso, I wanted only to flee.
The city of Budapest is beautiful and worth exploring. Throw away the handbook that insists you spend time in garish parts like this and explore other friendly squares and cafes where perhaps only Hungarian is spoken but with a little effort you will be understood and the experience will be more memorable.

Visited August 2012
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Budapest, Hungary
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“Heart of Budapest for Some”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Vorosmarty Ter is definitely in the heart of Budpest, near the river, the Jewish Quarter, and Vaci utca, but how visitors will feel about it will depend very much on what kind of tourist you are.

It's filled with gorgeous buildings in the famous Secessionist style, as well as landmark cafes such as Gerbaud's, which now hosts Budapest's only Michelin-Star restaurant, Onyx. It's also probably the most touristy part of town after Vaci utca.

It's the place where McDonald's and the Hard Rock Cafe converge, among other major chain restaurants and international clothing chains. It's full of teenagers and tourists who really want to spend their time around other tourists eating at American restaurants instead of exploring Budapest's little side-streets and off-the-beaten track neighborhoods, so it can be a bit overwhelming if you are not someone who's into that aspect of travel. It's one of those places you will like to say you've visited, because it's so central to Budapest, both now and historically, but in this traveler's opinion it's not worth spending a great deal of time there, and it's best visited early in the morning or later in the evening when the crowds won't swallow you and the noise doesn't overwhelm you. If you are the kind of tourist who enjoys visiting every Hard Rock Cafe on the planet and eating at McDonald's, or if you are lonesome for the U.S. and just want to see some familiar stores and restaurants, then this might be the very place for you. :)

Visited September 2011
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Orlando, Florida
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“Cafes and People Watching”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

There is a lot going in this area with people coming and going. Lots of cafes and shops in this area too.

Visited August 2011
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United Arab Emirates
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“Large, open and lively square with restaurants and shops”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

and statues too. Right off the Metro. Overpriced tourist prices in souvenir shops and restaurants, but I guess that is always so. Lovely are for walking around, water fountains for drinking - you really CAN drink from these fountains - I noticed no ill effects.

Visited July 2012
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“This place has life”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

It is a great place - looks like the center of Budapest. It has great cafes and outdoor dining. The main tourist pedestrian street Vaci Utca start from here. A nice place to chill out after sightseeing.

Visited June 2012
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