The first section in the renovation of downtown street Arany János utca has just been unveiled, revealing thousands of trees and plants, and wider pavements for pedestrians. This is the first stretch in the revamp, between the Danube and Tüköry utca, with other, towards Arany János utca metro station, due to begin in March.

A total of 33 trees, eight bushes and 1,200 plants have been bedded along the revamped Danube end of Arany János utca, a busy street in Budapest’s business quarter running at right-angles to the river.

The road is also integral to the city’s burgeoning gastronomic hub, where quality restaurants attract a discerning clientele, particularly at lunchtime.

The pavement has since been widened with natural stone paving and made wheelchair-friendly. New benches, bicycle storage and rubbish bins have been installed, along with a communal drinking fountain. Old street lighting has been replaced by modern LEDs.

Work on the section towards Podmaniczky tér, where the renovation of Arany János utca metro station has long been under way, begins next month.