Heroes' Square (Hosök tere)

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Key Info

Budapest, Hosök tere

Price & Hours

Free

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Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Heroes' Square is one of Budapest's grandest landmarks. In fact, it's the largest public square in the city. Swing by this area to take a picture of the Millenary Monument, which was erected in 1896 to celebrate Hungary's 1000th anniversary.

The square and the monument are dedicated to those who lost their lives while fighting for the country's independence. At the base of the famous column (topped with the Archangel Gabriel) are statues representing seven Magyar chieftains – considered to be the founders of the Hungarian nation. Behind the column are matching colonnades with 14 statues of royalty and other important figures in Hungarian history.

Past travelers said that although it doesn't take a long time to explore, it should be a stop on every first-time visitor's list. If you have some spare time, wander into the adjacent park or snap a few pics in front of the nearby wooden "Budapest" sign.

Heroes' Square, which is free to access 24 hours a day, is located at the end of Andrássy Avenue next to City Park and the Museum of Fine Arts. It can be reached by metro via Hosök Tere station. A few eateries are located within walking distance. Learn more by visiting Budapest Festival and Tourism Center's Heroes' Square page.

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#1 Fisherman's Bastion (Halászbástya)

Located in the historic district of Castle Hill, Fisherman's Bastion is a neo-Gothic terrace that looks like a structure taken straight out of a fairy tale. Designed and built in 1905 by Frigyes Schulek – the same architect who built the adjacent Matthias Church – Fisherman's Bastion is named after the medieval guild of fishermen who protected Budapest from invasion.

Visitors say Fisherman's Bastion's gleaming white structure provides panoramic views of the city: From here, you can snap some breathtaking pictures of the Danube River, Margaret Island and Pest. Also save time for exploring the sight's seven ornate turrets, which symbolize the tents of the seven Magyar leaders who settled the Carpathian Basin, ultimately leading to the existence of modern-day Hungary. 

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