Heroes Square or Hősök tere is one of Budapest’s most iconic and flamboyant monuments. Located at the end of Andrássy út, this square built in 1896 for the Millennium Celebrations is chock-full of statues of celebrated Hungarian heroes, like the seven tribal leaders that founded the country in the 9th century, St. Stephen, as well King Mathias Corvinus.
Whenever possible, I always try to avoid “tourist traps” like Heroes Square, but sometimes 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 whenever I’m in Budapest. I have more photos of this place than I care to admit … at night, during the day, in winter, in summer, etc.
Heroes Square In Budapest On A Foggy Day
Lucky for you, I’ve narrowed it down to a small sampling of my favorite photos from my unnecessarily large collection. One morning over the Christmas holidays, 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.
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.
What do you think about Heroes Square in Budapest? Do you have any other tips for the city? Drop us a note in the comments.
Heroes Square (Hosök Tere)
Budapest, Hősök tere, 1146 Hungary
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