There are plenty of beautiful squares in Budapest. Unfortunately with a limited time you can visit only a few. Check out which are the most beautiful squares in Budapest and which ones deserve your attention.
The most beautiful squares in Budapest
Vigadó Square (Vigadó tér)
The first of the most beautiful squares in Budapest is Vigadó Square. It is a small square along the Danube, named after the beautiful Vigadó concert hall. The latter was built in 1859-1864. In the center of the square is the Children’s Fountain. If you turn your sight to Buda Castle and Danube River you will see the statue of the “Little Princess”. Its creator, László Marton, was inspired by his daughter to model the statue. She used to pretend to be a princess, wearing a bathrobe and a crown made by newspapers.
Széchenyi István Square (Széchenyi István tér)
Széchenyi István Square is located at the Pest end of Széchenyi Chain Bridge. The square is named after István Széchenyi, the initiator of the construction of Chain Bridge.
Beautiful buildings surround the square. On the north side is Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia). On the east is Gresham Palace. It is built in 1906 to serve as an office building for Gresham Life Assurance Company. Nowadays it is a luxury five-star hotel.
On the square you will also see a statue of István Széchenyi and a statue of Ferenc Deák, a Hungarian statesman and Minister of Justice.
Clark Adam Square (Clark Ádám tér)
You will find Clark Adam Square at the Buda end of the Chain Bridge. It is named after the architect of the bridge, Adam Clark Scot. The center of the square is decorated with flowers. Here you will also see an oval-shaped stone, the Zero Kilometre. It marks the spot from where all main roads in Hungary are measured. The entrance of the funicular, which will take you to Buda Castle, is here.
Trinity Square (Szentháromság tér)
Trinity Square is a little square, located in Buda. Here stand the Matthias church (Mátyás-templom) and the Holy Trinity Column in Olomoucis (Olomouci Szentháromság-oszlop). The square is named after the latter. The column was erected in 1716–1754 in honour of God and to celebrate the end of the plague epidemic. The Old Town Hall of Buda is also here. It functioned till 1873 when the two parts of the city (Pest and Óbuda) were united to form Budapest.
Batthyány Square (Batthyány tér)
Batthyány Square is opposite the Hungarian Parliament building, so it is the perfect place to take a photo of this remarkable building. The square is named after Lajos Batthyány, the first Prime Minister of Hungary. The Church of Saint Anne (Szent Anna-templom), one of the most beautiful baroque buildings in Budapest, is located here. On the square you will find also one of the oldest covered market halls in the city.
Elisabeth Square (Erzsébet tér)
Elisabeth Square is the greenest square in Budapest. It is named after Elisabeth, the wife of Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph. In the middle of the square is the Danubius Fountain, which symbolizes Hungary’s rivers.
Liberty Square (Szabadság tér)
If you took a time machine 167 years in the past you would not see a square in this place. You would see a prison and if you had the right timing you would be a witness to the execution of the Prime Minister Lajos Batthyány. It took place in 1849 during the Hungarian revolution of 1848.
In the center of the square you will find a monument of the Soviet liberation of Hungary from the Nazi German occupation. From here comes the name of the square.
If you are not too much into history, you should this place. There is a rectangular fountain surrounded by weight sensitive tiles. You can stop the water if you step on any of the tiles and then you will be able to go in the middle of the fountain.
Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere)
Although there are many beautiful squares in Budapest, the Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) is the most stunning among all. Located at the end of Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út), it can be reached by underground M1 line. The M1 line is the oldest underground in continental Europe.
In the center of the square you will see the Millennium Monument (Millenniumi Emlékmű). Its construction started in 1896 for the city’s millennium exhibition, but finished later in 1929. The monument consists of a column with a statue of the archangel Gabriel and two colonnades. The statue holds the Holy Crown of St. Stephen. Each of the colonnades has seven statues of great figures of Hungarian history. As Hungary was a part of Austro-Hungarian Empire, last five figures on the left were reserved for the Habsburg dynasty. After the World War II they were replaced with the current figures.
Have you seen any of the most beautiful squares in Budapest? Which one is your favourite?