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Szabadság Square

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Szabadság Square features in these preplanned City Guides:

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Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Grand and spacious square
  • Remarkable buildings

Time required: 30 minutes

Public transport:

  • Metro Line 2: Kossuth tér station

Address: Szabadság tér, Budapest

Things you need to know:

  • Szabadság square is a grand and spacious square in central Budapest. It was laid out in 1886 at the site of the former Neugebäude (1789-1886), an evil repute fortress-like building
  • Now grandious buildings surround the square such as the Hungarian National Bank and the former building of the Hungarian State Television
  • The Art-Nouveau building of the National Bank was built in 1905 as the Budapest Headquarters of the Austro-Hungarian Bank
  • The impressive building that dominates the west side of the square first housed the stock exchange. From 1955 till 2010 it gave home to the Hungarian Television
  • Hungary's first prime minister, Lajos Batthyány, was executed in the Neugebäude on 6 Oct 1949. A memorial commemorates his death at the corner of Bathory utca and Hold utca
  • The memorial in the middle of the square is the Memorial of the Russian Army paying thanks to the Soviet forces for liberating Hungary from the Nazis
  • Another highlight is the interactive fountain. When the hidden vertical fountain nozzles are turned on they create an exciting water wall around the square shaped area

What to do there:

  • Walk around the square and admire the remarkable buildings: the Us Embass, the Art-nouveau National Bank and the former building of the Hungarian Television
  • Do not miss the Memorial of the Russian Army

Tips & Insights:

  • Relax on a bench or have a coffee in the café in the center of the square
  • On a hot summer day you should try the "Interactive Fountain"

 

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