City guide

Palace Quarter

Photo : Bódis Krisztián / We Love Budapest

The area of Józsefváros just inside the Kiskörút is completely different from stereotypically shabby District VIII, thanks to the occasional grandiose residency once occupied by a nobleman as his pied-à-terre in Budapest. Some public spaces have also been relandscaped and pedestrianised – such as Mikszáth Kálmán tér, with its terrace cafés and water feature. All sits behind the National Museum, its own grounds being replanted. Other key landmarks including Magyar Rádió, the state radio building around which much of the fighting took place during the 1956 Uprising, and the attractive Szabó Ervin Library. Between there and Kálvin tér students fill the nearby bars and internet cafés.