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“Nothing special”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Andrassy Avenue

Andrassy Avenue
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Budapest Walking Tour and Basics of Hungarian Language Class
Ranked #40 of 443 things to do in Budapest
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Constructed in the late 19th century, this wide, spacious avenue is lined with trees and bordered with magnificent villas and historic buildings.
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“Nothing special”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

When we arrived our taxi driver mentioned we should go to andrassy ave for the shopping and also it is compared to the champs élysées in Paris. It was just a wide street with trees and lots of cars. Stores are selling the same brands of clothing at a high price that you can buy in the united
States for much cheaper. Apparently the Europeans see tommy hilfiger, guess and Calvin Klein as higher end brands which we Americans view it as low quality mass produced garments. You can def pass on going to andrassy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

I walked all along the avenue and I was impressed by the buildings and the atmosphere of the city! Nice restaurants (pricey and not), expensive stores, astonishing architecture.

Visited August 2012
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“It's just a road...with trees”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012 via mobile

There's not much to see here. We walked it on the way back from the House of Terror. It's just a road with trees. In our opinion there's much nicer roads to walk down in Budapest - not really sure what the fuss is about.

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“Avenue of Budapest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

Beautiful street leads from the city center to the Hero's square. Full with expensive shops and big brands. Don't buy anything here, but enjoy walking between historical buildings of Budapest.

Visited August 2012
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“Budapest's Champs Elyssees”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

Andrassy is Budapest's grand boulevard. On one end of it are gorgeous 19th century mansions, Heroes' Square and City Park, and at the other end are fancy shops and nice restaurants. That end of the boulevard ends near the Jewish Quarter and the Basilica of St. Istvan. Smack in the middle, Andrassy is punctuated by the traffic circle Octogon, where pedestrians may catch the 4/6 tram line which runs from one end of Budapest to another, and operates 24 hours a day.

Andrassy is worth exploring from one end to another. Some things that should not be missed see are Heroe's Square and City Park, and the mansions at that end of the boulevard. On that end of the boulevard, which is the City Park side of Octogon, there is a nice little cafe worth checking out called the Eco Cafe, where visitors can get fair trade coffee brewed American style or espresso drinks, and homemade, organic pastries. Next to the Eco Cafe is the famous Lukacs Cafe which is much pricier but boasts a French pastry chef, gelato, and a gorgeous Secessionist Dining Room complete with gilded mirrors and fresco-covered ceilings.

For visitors from the U.S. who miss home, you will find everything from a TGI Friday's to a Subway, a McDonald's to a Burger King, as well as plenty of ATM machines such as Citi Bank, in Octogon.

On the other side of Octogon visitors will immediately encounter Liszt ter with lots of nice restaurants and outdoor dining, as well as some cool bookstores such as Irok Boltja and the Alexander, both of which sell English-language books including great travel books and interesting postcards. A little further down Andrassy is the Opera House, a truly stunning building, where there is always lively activity almost any night during opera season. Across from the Opera is the National Ballet, which was a fancy apartment building in another lifetime. There are also shops such as DG, Gucci, Adidas, and many others, for people interested in shopping in the international chains. There is even a Loreal Salon for tourists who want a quick haircut at a reasonable price. In the winter time, many of the restaurants will sell "hot wine" as the Hungarians translate it (mulled wine) from little stands outside the restaurant and along the street, and sometimes you will encounter vendors selling roasted chestnuts. These two things are definitely much-needed treats on cold Budapest winter days. During the Christmas season, the trees lining all of Andrassy, from one end to the other, are covered with beautiful lights, and it's a sight to see when they all come on at sundown, and when they are all lit up at night.

Much of Andrassy is lined with shady trees, and whether it be the mansions at one end or the shops at the other, this boulevard is full with fascinating examples of Hungarian architecture. It is a wonderful place for a stroll, but if you get tired, one of the other great features is that it is home to the Foldalatti, or Metro Line 1, which is the second oldest subway line in the world, oldest on the Continent. The old cars, complete with leather hand straps for the travelers who are standing, give visitors a unique glimpse into days long gone by. It's true that Andrassy has something for everybody, so definitely take a stroll down it if you are in Budapest.

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