Budapest, Hungary: Heroes Square

One of the larger squares in Budapest, Heroes Square features numerous statues in two colonnades including the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. At the centre of these is the Millennium Memorial featuring Archangel Gabriel on top of a tall column. Over the summer, it is also the home of the Budapest sign that can be visited day and night. From here you can easily see and visit the Museum of Fine Arts.

My accommodation was a very short walk from here, the metro station for Heroes Square directly opposite the monument so I was very lucky to see this every day of my trip, during the day as well as it lit up beautifully at night. Shame I didn’t have my camera with me at night time… rookie mistake!


 

Beyond The Square

Behind Heroes Square is a large park that can take you in many interesting directions including Budapest Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Jáki Chapel, Vajdahunyad Castle, Pecsa Music Hall, Városligeti Műjégpákya (Outdoor Ice Skating Rink), plenty of places to eat and the city park itself. Over the Christmas/New Year period there is also a Christmas market.

Wandering through the park one day taking any path that we desired and eventually looping back to the road that Heroes Square sits upon, it is a stark visual reminder of the country’s Communist past – Startling when you think that this is a more recent history then we realise. Walking through in the dead of winter, this constrast was made more apparent with the absence of any leaves in the trees or any flowers to add colour to the landscape – Abandoned buildings including arcades are not hard to miss, left to rust and rot. The time of year just made me feel I had stepped back in time, haunting when the present was only a few hundred metres away behind sets of trees.

The park is well used by locals and tourists a like but this is mainly confined to the main paths between various attractions but venture further even just for a walk or to explore, you never know what you might discover. Statues I guarantee, Budapest is filled with them.

 

 

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