Heroes Square is one of Budapest’s most iconic and flamboyant monuments (or at least that’s what Lonely Planet’s Budapest City Guide says). Located at the end of Andrássy út, this square built in 1896 for the Millennium Celebrations is chalk full of statues of celebrated Hungarian heroes like the 7 tribal leaders that founded the country in the 9th century, St. Stephen and King Mathias Corvinus.
If at all possible, I always try to avoid “tourist traps” like Heroes Square (Hősök tere in Hungarian) but there are some landmarks that beg to be visited at least once and this is one of them. Yet because of it’s central location, I find myself coming here time and time again whenever I’m in Budapest. I have more photos of this place then I care to admit … at night, during the day, in winter, in summer etc.
Lucky for you, I’ve narrowed it down to a small sampling of my favorite photos from my unnecessarily large collection. Last December, I visited Heroes Square on a foggy December day. Seeing statues of the kings and their equestrian companions cloaked in a fine grey mist added an air of mystery, darkness and romance to the moment.
Aside from staring at all of the statues and pondering their historical significance, why else would you visit Heroes Square in Budapest? While the square was once a site for massive Communist demonstrations, it’s now used for events like concerts, fairs and even graduation ceremonies for newly anointed policemen and women. Canadians like me certainly love the fact that part of the square is set-up as an ice rink in the wintertime.
While I’d rather be behind a camera than in front of one, every once and I while I have to throw in some photographic evidence that I’ve visited the places I write about on cherylhoward.com. You know, add to my “street cred” and show you that I’m real.
If Heroes Square isn’t your thing (do visit at least once though), it’s located next to plenty of other places that might strike your fancy. Into museums? Visit the Museum of Fine Arts or the Palace of Fine Arts. Want to relax outdoors or take in a castle? Check out the City Park. Last but not least, the site is located close to one of my favorite places in the world, Szechenyi Baths!