Andrássy út

Last updated
Andrássy Avenue
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official nameAndrássy Avenue and the Underground
Location Budapest, Hungary
Part ofBudapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue
Criteria Cultural: (ii), (iv)
Reference 400bis-002
Inscription1987 (11th Session)
Area57.85 ha (0.2234 sq mi)
Buffer zone239.61 ha (0.9251 sq mi)
Coordinates 47°29′19″N19°5′13″E / 47.48861°N 19.08694°E / 47.48861; 19.08694 Coordinates: 47°29′19″N19°5′13″E / 47.48861°N 19.08694°E / 47.48861; 19.08694
Hungary physical map.svg
Red pog.svg
Location of Andrássy út in Hungary
Topographic map of Budapest.png
Red pog.svg
Andrássy út (Budapest)

Andrássy Avenue (Hungarian : Andrássy út) is a boulevard in Budapest, Hungary, dating back to 1872. It links Erzsébet Square with the Városliget. Lined with spectacular Neo-renaissance mansions and townhouses featuring fine facades and interiors, it was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2002. It is also one of Budapest's main shopping streets, with fine cafes, restaurants, theatres, Embassies and luxury boutiques. [1] Among the most noticeable buildings are the State Opera House, the former Ballet School (under reconstruction for several years), the Zoltán Kodály Memorial Museum and Archives, the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and the Ferenc Hopp Museum of East Asian Arts.



1875, Andrassy Avenue at Vaczy korut (now Bajcsy-Zsilinszky ut) Budapest andrassy ut 1875.jpg
1875, Andrássy Avenue at Váczy körút (now Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út)

It was decreed to be built in 1870, to discharge the parallel Király utca from heavy traffic and to connect the inner city parts with the City Park. Its construction began in 1872 and the avenue was inaugurated on August 20 (a national holiday), 1876. Its realization was a blend of the plans proposed by the top 3 competitors Lajos Lechner, Frigyes Feszl and Klein & Fraser. Its palaces were built by the most distinguished architects (led by Miklós Ybl) of the time, financed by Hungarian and other banking houses. These were mostly finished by 1884 and mostly aristocrats, bankers, landowners and historical families moved in. It was named in 1885 after the main supporter of the plan, Prime Minister Gyula Andrássy.

The construction of the Budapest Metro, the first underground railway in Continental Europe, was proposed in 1870, since the capital had always been opposed to surface transport on this road. Construction began in 1894 and was finished in 1896, so this new metro line could facilitate the transport to Városliget, the main venue of the millennium celebrations of Hungary.

Cross-section of the first metro line under Andrassy ut, 1890s Foldalatti Andrassy.png
Cross-section of the first metro line under Andrássy út, 1890s

The boulevard was renamed three times in the 1950s; a testament to the rapid political changes of the period. It became Sztálin út ("Stalin Street") in 1950 during the Soviet occupation. During the 1956 uprising it was renamed to Magyar Ifjúság útja ("Avenue of Hungarian Youth"). The following year the governing communists changed the name to Népköztársaság út ("People's Republic Street"). The former name of Andrássy was restored in 1990, after the end of the communist era. [2]

In September 2011, Secretary of State for Culture Géza Szőcs officially announced plans to build a new structure along Andrássy út close to City Park and near the existing Budapest Museum of Fine Arts and Budapest Art Hall (Műcsarnok). This building would house the collections of the current Hungarian National Gallery. [3] This expanded plan, which would utilize the entire boulevard, is referred to as the Budapest Museum Quarter or Andrássy Quarter. [4] However, since that announcement the plans changed several times and have now been reduced to three new museum buildings in and around the city park.


Hosok tere Hosok tere ejszaka - Budapest.jpg
Hősök tere
Kodaly korond 4 - 1895 Andrassy 94 - 1895.tif
Kodály körönd 4 - 1895

Andrássy út consists of four main parts, from inside to outside as follows:

  1. From Erzsébet tér to Oktogon: an urban-like part mostly for commercial purposes.
  2. From Oktogon to Kodály körönd: widened with an allée, including residential areas and universities.
  3. From Kodály körönd to Bajza utca: it is even more widened, and residential palaces are fronted by small gardens.
  4. From Bajza utca to Városliget: the same width; villas encompassed by gardens, including a couple of embassies.

Notable Spots

Andrassy Avenue with the Hungarian State Opera House (left side), 1896. Andrassy ut Budapest 1896.jpg
Andrássy Avenue with the Hungarian State Opera House (left side), 1896.

See also

Louis Vuitton on Andrassy ut LV Andrassy Budapest.jpg
Louis Vuitton on Andrássy út

Related Research Articles

Ferencváros District of Budapest in Central Hungary, Hungary

Ferencváros is the 9th district of Budapest, Hungary.

Józsefváros District of Budapest in Central Hungary, Hungary

Józsefváros is the 8th district of Budapest, Hungary. It is the part of the city centre in the wider sense as one of the 18-19th century older suburbs, close to Belváros.

Grand Boulevard (Budapest) major thoroughfare in Budapest

Nagykörút or Grand Boulevard is one of the most central and busiest parts of Budapest, a major thoroughfare built by 1896, Hungary's Millennium. It forms a semicircle connecting two bridges of the Danube, Margaret Bridge on the north and Petőfi Bridge on the south. Usually the part inside and around this semicircle is counted as the city centre of Budapest.

City Park (Budapest)

The City Park is a public park close to the centre of Budapest, Hungary. It is a 0.9-by-0.6-mile rectangle, with an area of 302 acres (1.2 km2), located in District XIV of Budapest, between Hungária körút, Ajtósi Dürer sor, Vágány utca and Dózsa György út. Its main entrance is at Heroes' Square, one of Hungary's World Heritage sites.

Oktogon (intersection) square in Budapest, Hungary

Oktogon is one of Pest's major intersections, located at the junction of the Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút) and Andrássy Avenue in Budapest, Hungary. This junction, one of the city's most important, is named for its octagonal shape.

Kodály körönd square

Kodály körönd is a circus in Budapest, Hungary, at the intersection of Andrássy Avenue and Felsőerdősor u., with beautifully painted old buildings and statues of four of Hungary's great heroes in each corner. It is also a station on the yellow M1 line of the Budapest Metro. The four heroes are:

Hősök tere major square of Budapest

Hősök tere is one of the major squares in Budapest, Hungary, noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven chieftains of the Magyars and other important Hungarian national leaders, as well as the Memorial Stone of Heroes, often erroneously referred as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The square lies at the outbound end of Andrássy Avenue next to City Park (Városliget). It hosts the Museum of Fine Arts and the Műcsarnok. The square has played an important part in contemporary Hungarian history and has been a host to many political events, such as the reburial of Imre Nagy in 1989. The sculptures were made by sculptor Zala György from Lendava.

Museum of Fine Arts (Budapest) Art museum in Heroes Square, Budapest

The Museum of Fine Arts is a museum in Heroes' Square, Budapest, Hungary, facing the Palace of Art.

Franz Liszt Academy of Music concert hall and music conservatory in Budapest, Hungary

The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music is a music university and a concert hall in Budapest, Hungary, founded on November 14, 1875. It is home to the Liszt Collection, which features several valuable books and manuscripts donated by Franz Liszt upon his death, and the AVISO studio, a collaboration between the governments of Hungary and Japan to provide sound recording equipment and training for students. The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music was founded by Franz Liszt himself.

Museum of Applied Arts (Budapest) museum in Budapest, Hungary

The Museum of Applied Arts is a museum in Budapest, Hungary. It is the third-oldest applied arts museum in the world.

Budapest is the capital of Hungary. Below is a list of public place names of Budapest that refer to famous people, cities or historic events. Generality of Budapest's public place names relate to the Hungarian national history. In Budapest there are about 8,600 named public place.

Hungarian National Gallery national art museum in Hungary

The Hungarian National Gallery, was established in 1957 as the national art museum. It is located in Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary. Its collections cover Hungarian art in all genres, including the works of many nineteenth- and twentieth-century Hungarian artists who worked in Paris and other locations in the West. The primary museum for international art in Budapest is the Museum of Fine Arts.

Hungarian University of Fine Arts Budapest university

The Hungarian University of Fine Arts is the central Hungarian art school in Budapest, Andrássy Avenue. It was founded in 1871 as the Hungarian Royal Drawing School (Magyar Királyi Mintarajztanoda) and has been called University of Fine Arts since 2001.

Vecsés Town in Pest, Hungary

Vecsés is a town of 20,550 inhabitants in Budapest metropolitan area, Pest county, Hungary, situated adjacent to Budapest's Ferihegy Airport.

Metro Line M1 (Budapest Metro) M1 line of the Budapest metro system, the first electrified underground railway line of the world

Line 1 is the oldest line of the Budapest Metro. It is known locally as "the small underground", while the M2, M3 and M4 are called "metró". It is the third oldest underground after the London Underground and the Mersey Railway, the third rapid transit rail line worldwide of any type to exclusively use electric traction, and the first on the European mainland. It was built from 1894 to 1896.

Erzsébet Szőnyi, also Erzsébet Szilágyi, is a Hungarian composer and music teacher. Her works encompass symphonic compositions, chamber music works, art songs, and oratorios. She has also written numerous stage works including eight operas.

Budapests Palace District

Budapest's Palotanegyed forms a central district of Pest, the eastern half of Budapest. It consists of the inner part of the city's Eighth District, or Józsefváros, which was named in 1777 after the heir to the Austrian throne, Joseph, the later Emperor Joseph II. Józsefváros was earlier called the Alsó-Külváros. The Palotanegyed's borders are the Múzeum körút to the west, Rákóczi út to the north, the József körút to the east and Üllői út to the south.

Epreskert Art Colony

Epreskert Art Colony was an artists' colony in Budapest in the last decades of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. Among the artists who worked and lived there the most important were sculptors György Zala and Adolf Huszár, and painter Árpád Feszty.

Hungária körgyűrű ring road

Hungária körgyűrű is the longest and busiest boulevard, also the widest city street in Budapest, Hungary. It's 13 km long and has 6-10 traffic lanes with a rapid tram line on the median of the boulevard. It consists of three parts: Róbert Károly körút, Hungária körút and Könyves Kálmán körút.


  2. Steves, Rick (2009). Budapest . Avalon Travel. p.  153. ISBN   978-1-59880-217-7.
  3. MTI (3 October 2011). "Government commissioner appointed for planned "museum quarter" in Budapest". Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  4. Földes, András (15 September 2011). "Houdini-cirkusz es fiákerek az Andrássyn". Retrieved 29 February 2012.