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“Inside; faded glory in the past” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Budapest Western Railway Station

Budapest Western Railway Station
Vaci ut 1 - 3, Budapest 1062, Hungary (Várkerület)
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Ranked #82 of 230 Attractions in Budapest
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
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Miami, Florida
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“Inside; faded glory in the past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Famous station, but inside of this (Nyugati) station needs upgrade.
McDonalds was nice to rest, conveniently located with suitable design.
We were at Keleti station, too. And we had the same impression (inside).

A pleasant discovery was a new type of train; we saw 3 of them at one corner of the station. We were on that type of train in a local line. Really gorgeous experience!
Some pictures for your information.

Visited August 2012
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“West End Station-Eiffel in Budapest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

The West End Train Station, known in Budapest as Nyugati, is in one of the busiest areas of town, being right on the 4/6 tram stop, and next to the big West End shopping mall. It can be hard to appreciate during busy times of day, and quite frankly, in this central part of town, there is rarely a time of day that's not busy. It's also a little easy to get turned off initially by the McDonald's, the gyro cafe, and Retro Disco which greet visitors facing the building. But I'm here to say, push on because there's more than what initially meets the eye. Look a little closer and you will see an example of fine late 19th Century architecture.

If visitors have the time to really explore the exterior, they will note Nyugati is a unique building. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel, architect of the world famous Eiffel Tower. Like the Eiffel Tower, it is largely a steel construction, with steel ribs and columns which are quite evident----no attempt being made to disguise the underlying structural elements. In Eiffel's style, these structural elements are actually incorporated into the look of the building. There are large panels of glass in between the steel beams, and the roof and upper walls are largely glass. It's a building full of light and is quite beautiful in its own way, despite having become dirty over the years, and also as a result of being a major transportation hub in Budapest.

It's a terrific example of late 19th century architecture by a confirmed master, and it's worth stopping, regardless of how busy the area is, to really take a look at the details of the building. Note how the steel columns outside, anchored in the brick foundation, look like stylized peacocks. This is just one example of the building's many features.

It is also the main station to catch trains going to and from other Hungarian towns such as Visegrad, Vac, Esztergom, etc., while the other main station, Keleti, is typically where travelers catch trains heading out of the country. Don't let the hectic environment and dirt turn you away. Stop for a second look. Or better yet, visit a neighboring town and take it in while catching your train.

Visited September 2011
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“Very old and beautiful train station, but full of homeless people”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

The West Station (Nyugati Palyaudvar) is situated near the Margaret Bridge and it's facade is catching everybody's attention. The place is full of homeless people and the place can be dangerous by night.

Visited June 2012
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Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
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“It is a traffic station”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

Here is a big traffic with many people and with the possibility of traveling by trains to home ,s towns and for abroad too.

Visited March 2012
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“A Lot Of Eiffel, a Long Way from Paris”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2011

This is an interesting spot in Budapest that is unique, beautiful, grand and free. This train station was designed and bult by the Eiffel Company of Paris (of Tower fame) in the 1870s. At the time of completeion it was the most modern station in the world and the 5th largest in Europe. The 66,000 square feet of the overall train station outwardly has changed little in the years since construction.
The station is easy to reach by tram from the OKtogon station. It is next to the largest Western style mall in Budapest for those that are having mall withdrawal.
Of note is the McDonald's, that is within one of the original buildings and is said to be the most beautiful fast food spots on the planet. I did go in, breaking a 10 year personal embargo. It is lovely and seats 200-300. It is one of Mackie D's busiest.
After seeing the front and entering the central departure/arrival area, then go out the door and go in near the McDonald's. Follow this corridor along the side of the building and reach other rooms the size of the McD's that have not been renovated. Many of the original lamps and other harware are still in place and updated. It is lovely.
Over all one realizes that little has changed over the years in train stations. This one is still highly functional with the addition of electricity and modern boards.
I went during a busy afternoon. I wonder what this looks like at dusk and dark and as in many European cities, how safe it is. To this, I cannot comment. But I think it would be an interesting photo-op.
If you are in Budapest for longer than a week- do go. If you are stumped on what todo on Monday when most things are closed and it is raining too much to go to the zoo- then go here. We enjoyed the trip back in time.

Visited March 2011
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