Highlights of this tour
- Andrássy street with Heroes’ Square and City Park
- Margaret, Elizabeth and Liberty bridges
- Gellért hill
- Buda Castle
Your wheelchair accessible Budapest tour begins when you get picked up at your accommodation in the center of Budapest with an adapted vehicle. Your private guide brings you to the most beautiful places the city of Budapest has to offer. The places you visit are Andrássy street with Heroe Square and City Park, Margaret, Elizabeth and Liberty bridges, Gellért hill, and the Buda Castle. All these visits are outside. At the end of the tour, your guide brings you back to your accommodation.
One of the most exciting avenues you find in the capital is Andrássy street. It is one of the most practical roads in Budapest since there is rarely a traffic jam. This prestigious boulevard has a length of over two kilometers and connects the center with the city park. Along the way, you come across dozens of luxury boutiques and shops, various cafes, and restaurants, an opera house, but also several embassies. This main road has been a World Heritage Site since 2002, connecting the bustle of the city center with the charm of the suburban area.
You find Heroes’ Square in front of the entrance to the city park and at the end of the Andrássy boulevard. It is a popular destination among tourists, and for a good reason. It is the largest and most striking Square in Budapest because it is so different from all other squares in the city.
Like the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Parliament Building, Heroes’ Square was built to commemorate the anniversary of the first 1,000 years of Hungarian history. An essential part of the Square is the Millenium monument, and on both sides, the Square is flanked by museums. On the one hand, the Museum of Fine Arts and on the other the Hall of Art.
The city park in Budapest is located on an original meadow where, in 1896, the most important exhibition on the occasion of the millennium of Hungary was held. This park has an extraordinary castle and an ice rink in winter. It is a big favorite in Budapest, where young and old enjoy themselves. Take your time to discover this green pearl! The main entrance is at Heroes’ Square and you find the park behind that Square. The city park is a public park near the center of the city and the area used to be called Okoř-dűlő, which means ox meadow. In the park you find trees and hiking trails that were created in 1751, and in the early decades of the 19th century, it officially became a public park: the first public park in the world!
Nine bridges connect the two parts of the city: Buda and Pest over the Danube. The oldest one is the Chain Bridge. There are several bridges you discover on this tour. Bridges such as the Liberty, Margaret, and Elizabeth bridges.
The Liberty Bridge is just a meter longer than the Chain Bridge and has a width of over 20 meters. The bridge opened in 1896 but was destroyed by the Germans in World War II. In August 1946, it was rebuilt, reopened, and renamed the Liberty Bridge. Before that, it carried the name of the monarch Franz Joseph.
Margaret Bridge is almost twice as long as the Freedom Bridge and is supported by seven pillars. It was the second bridge built in Budapest in 1876 that spanned the Danube. In 1900 a branch was made to Margaret Island, which until then could only be reached by boats. Like the previous bridge, this one was also destroyed in WWII. The damage was repaired in 1948.
This bridge takes its name from the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph, Empress Elisabeth, better known by the name “Sisi.” The original version was already there in 1903. However, this bridge was also unable to avoid the violence of war. It was rebuilt between 1961 and 1964 but as a modern suspension bridge. To rebuilt the bridge, they reused the old pillars.
With 235 meters, Gellért Hill is the highest point in Budapest. The hill rises above the city skyline, so it is the perfect place for a beautiful view of the city. The unique thing about this viewpoint is that you can view both parts of Budapest, both Buda and Pest. It is not without reason that the hill has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1987.
According to an old legend, the Gellért Hill was visited every night by witches who returned on people’s backs in the middle of the night. But the hill did not get its name from this scenario. It is named after a bishop named Gellért. King Stephen brought him to the Hungarian Kingdom to convert the Hungarians to Christianity. Unfortunately, the bishop’s life did not end well. He is said to have been pushed down the mountain in a nailed barrel by a group of pagans.
The Buda Castle stands out nicely against the horizon of Buda when you look over the Danube from the Pest side. The Royal Palace in Budapest was once the home of the Hungarian kings. You can still admire some of the walls and buildings from the 13th century today. Unfortunately, many have not stood the test of time. Today, the Castle houses the Hungarian National Gallery, the Széchényi National Library, and the Budapest History Museum.
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