Elegant townhouses lined the avenue and it became the preserve of wealthy bankers and the aristocracy. In order to conserve Andrássy’s architectural harmony, the city fathers decided to build a train line underneath the avenue. And so the Millennium Underground Railway opened, the first in continental Europe; it was first used to transport people from the city center to Városliget, which was the focus of the millennium celebrations in 1896.
Today the Art Nouveau architecture competes for attention with sleek cafés and bars and upscale shopping. In its 1.5-mile (2.5-km) march through Pest, Andrássy is punctuated by the vast octagonal square of Oktagon and is home to the Hungarian State Opera House, the House of Terror Museum in the old headquarter of the secret police, and Budapest’s gloriously grand and much-loved Gerbeaud Café.
Tours & Tickets
Explore the beautiful and historical city of Budapest, much of which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a hop-on hop-off tour! Sightsee at your own ... Read more
Duration: Ticket valid for 48 hours
Make the most of your stay in the enchanting city of Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube, with this combination sightseeing package. Enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour ... Read more
Take an in-depth historical walking tour of Budapest with a private guide and see key locations and cultural artifacts from Hungary’s communist era. Your ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)