City guide

Small Boulevard

Photo : Balkányi László / We Love Budapest
Kiskörút, Kálvin tér, villamos

The Kiskörút (‘Small Boulevard’) is an inner ring road that sits several blocks within the main looping artery of the Nagykörút (‘Grand Boulevard’), forming the first of three concentric semi-circles that fan out from the centre. This shortest yet prominent thoroughfare between focal Deák Ferenc tér and waterfront Fővám tér is divided into three sections, Károly körút, Múzeum körút and Vámház körút, each lively and containing major landmarks. Five minutes and three stops is all it takes to run the whole length by tram 47 or 49 from Deák tér, the lines then crossing the Danube at Liberty Bridge and continuing to major Buda hubs. Alternatively, a pleasant stroll from central Károly körút, you pass the Great Synagogue, followed by the Astoria Hotel, lending its name to this main junction, and Hungarian National Museum, lending its name to this key section of the boulevard, Múzeum körút. Opposite the museum stands a row of antiquarian bookshops, behind which the pocket park of Károlyi kert provides welcome urban greenery and swings for the kids. Past the student buzz of Kálvin tér, with restaurant-lined Ráday utca leading off it, the Kiskörút runs towards the river past the Neo-Classical Great Market Hall, facing the quieter end of major shopping thoroughfare Váci utca.