Andrássy út is a 2.5 km avenue connecting Pest downtown with the City Park. Initially, it was called the Ray (Sugár út), because its architecture referred to Parisian alleys. However, in 1885 it was renamed in honor of the originator of the project, Count Gyula Andrássy.
Hungarian National Opera
Many cultural institutions have found their place here. Among the beautiful edifices, the Hungarian National Opera stands out undeniably. Its construction began in 1875 at the place where once the flea market stretched. In 1884, when the construction was completed, it turned out
that it did not meet all the expectations of Emperor Franz Josef. Although the opera was smaller than the Vienna Opera, it was prettier and more lavish. The ruler had his own lodge, a separate entrance, his own staircase and living rooms. Despite all of that, Franz Josef visited the Hungarian Opera only a few times.
The first subway line in continental Europe
The aversion of its creators to urban public transport, which only brought chaos and confusion, was of great importance to the alley. However, the city needed a thoroughfare. This led to the construction of the first subway in continental Europe. The first line was opened already in 1896.
In 2002, the beauty of the alley was recognized and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Budapest thermal waters
At the far end of the avenue, we reach the Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Monument built on the occasion of the millennium of Hungary. In the City Park (Városliget) we discover the real wealth of Hungary, thermal waters. The neo-baroque architecture of the Széchenyi Baths and a glance at the courtyard pools available all year round encourage you to visit and take a bath. Clouds of steam and hot thermal waters are the perfect relaxation after a busy day of exploring Budapest‘s monuments 😀 🙂.