Palace District Walking Tour (Self Guided), Budapest

Wherever you turn in Budapest’s Palace District, you will come across historic buildings and beautiful aristocratic palaces. This is one of the most visually appealing parts of the city and boasts many splendid architectural highlights. It forms the core part of the Eighth District and is also known as Józsefváros.

Lots of noble families built their mansions and palaces here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, many have been restored to their former splendor and house libraries, hotels and institutions. Among the most popular sites to explore is the Odescalchi Palace which was both a palace and a tenement building. The structure was commissioned by the Odescalchi family and there were two separate entrances and staircases, meaning that the noble family and ordinary residents rarely mixed.
One of the most attractive parts of the area lies within the Grand Boulevard. Here, you will find lovely middle-class houses and delightful public spaces.

During your walk through the Palace District, see the magnificent Festetics Palace which was designed by prominent Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl. This well-preserved 19th-century building features a French Baroque staircase, the original chandeliers and Venetian mirrors. Concerts are occasionally held here. Survey the numerous architectural styles of the former Wenkheim Palace, which was built in 1890. The building is now the Szabó Ervin Library and encompasses Neo-Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Renaissance and Biedermeier elements.
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Palace District Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Palace District Walking Tour
Guide Location: Hungary » Budapest
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: Linda
Bródy Sándor Street, Dessewffy Palace

2) Bródy Sándor Street, Dessewffy Palace

8 Bródy Sándor Street, Former House of Parliament

3) 8 Bródy Sándor Street, Former House of Parliament

12 Bródy Sándor Street, Gschwindt Palace

4) 12 Bródy Sándor Street, Gschwindt Palace

3 Bródy Sándor Street, Andrássy University

5) 3 Bródy Sándor Street, Andrássy University

14 Bródy Sándor Street, Odescalchi Palace

6) 14 Bródy Sándor Street, Odescalchi Palace

Bródy Sándor Street, Törley Palace

8) Bródy Sándor Street, Törley Palace

13 Gyulai Pál Street, Gottgeb House

9) 13 Gyulai Pál Street, Gottgeb House

17 Múzeum Street, Károlyi Palace

12) 17 Múzeum Street, Károlyi Palace

Szabó Ervin Square, Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library

14) Szabó Ervin Square, Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library

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