City guide

District VI

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Terézváros, Nagymező utca, Andrássy út, tábla

Otherwise known as Terézváros, this prominent quarter is bisected by Budapest’s showcase boulevard of Andrássy út, which runs from the city centre all the way up to Heroes’ Square and sets a suitably grandiose architectural tone. High-end brands line the lower section, with the stately Opera halfway along, undergoing major renovation in 2018-19.

Further up runs Nagymező utca, its nickname of Budapest Broadway referring to its pre-war heyday. Statues, busts and personal imprints in the pavement honour its thespian heritage. After restaurant-lined Liszt Ferenc tér, whose Academy of Music was founded by the composer himself, Oktogon marks the main intersection of Andrássy and the tram-lined Nagykörút or Grand Boulevard.

Not unlike adjoining District VII, District VI changes character on the other side of the Nagykörút, away from the city centre. A sedate embassy quarter is offset by the occasional cultural attraction, most notably the House of Terror museum focused on the state-sponsored torture and deaths that took place at this very house, number 60, mainly in the 1950s.

Just below the pavement, the entire length of arrow-straight Andrássy, runs the Millennium Underground, the first of its kind on continental Europe. Heritage in appearance, it was created in 1896 for the celebrations of Hungarian culture 1,000 years after the arrival of the first Magyar tribe. More than 1,100 years later, the rail line forms part of Budapest’s modern-day metro network.