The Heart of Budapest: Vörösmarty Square

Vörösmarty Square is one of the most important places of Budapest. It would be more right to say it "Budapest's heart". It is easily accessible from almost every region of Budapest. Vörösmarty tér which take the name of the famous patriotic Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty, is the best place to start Budapest trip. You can easily reach every corner of Budapest from the square.

Vörösmarty Square, meaning red square, is one of the busiest places in the center of Budapest. There is Vörösmarty Monument, which was erected in 1908 in the middle of the square. On the monument, apart from the poet, the farmer and the daughter, folk with traditional Hungarian dress, a studenta and a worker with his young man and wife are depicted.

The square was mentioned with very different names in 19th century. The square known by names such as the theater square and Gisele Square, was changed as Vörösmarty Square by being dedicated to Mihaly Vörösmarty after 1926. 

This region is a region where, luxury shops gathered, antique shops is located, famous bakeries are located. Vörösmarty Square is also where Vaci Utca, the city's most famous shopping street, begins.

Vörösmarty Monument

The Hungarian poet Mihaly Vörösmarty was both a playwright and a poet in the early 19th century and was considered romantic by the contemporaries of the time. However, his most famous feature was the patriotic words he wrote and  so his statue is located in the center of Budapest, in this square.

Vörösmarty Monument was erected in 1908 by the Hungarian sculptor Ede Telcs. He depicts the poet while sitting on a limestone. Around him there are people who represent the people, including farmers and daughters, people wearing traditional Hungarian dresses, a student, a worker with his wife and young son.

Gerbeaud Pastry Shop

Visit the famous Gerbeaud Pastry Shop. Gerbeaud House, which is flooded with visitors is a wonderful old-fashioned patisserie. In the pastry shop belonging to a Swiss family, incredibly delicious desserts have been offered to customers for years. The tradition of the cafe dates back to 1858 when Henrik Kugler founded it. With the merging Kurgler with Swiss clothing garment Emile Gerbeaud Emile Gerbeaud its foundation is laid. Gerbeaud became famous for cakes and pastries and the current recipes continue to be made by being based on the original.

Inside is decorated with marble and eye-catching wall coverings and has a wide area which can host 300 guests at the same time. You should definitely stop here and try the coffee and muffins.

Europe's oldest metro M1 Metro

Just opposite the historic pastry is the M1 metro line, the oldest metro line in Europe. It was built between 1894-1896 and starts in Vörösmarty ter and ends in Maxikoi ut. Along the line, there are stops on the most important squares of Budapest which including the Opera House, Heroes Square and the Szechenyi Thermal Spa between them. These subterranean metro stations have a very distinct and beautiful charm. Get it at least once.

Lion Fountain

Right next to it, the Aslan Fountain is a very popular meeting point. Children love to climb lion statues and tourists often rest on the steps of the fountain. The fountain was built in 1985. On the fountain built by Laszlo Wild and Agnes Peter, four stone lions surrounds a street lantern.


On the other side of the square is Budapest's 100-year concert hall Vigado. On the other side of the square, you can see Vigado, in other words the concert hall. The building built between 1859-64 is based on the designs of Frigyes Feszl who lived between 1821-1884 and is regarded as a perfect example of Hungarian Romantic architecture. More than a hundred years ago this hall welcomed the world's most famous musicians and continues to welcome.

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