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DISCOVER THE ‘BEST OF PEST’ ON THE CITYSIGHTSEEING YELLOW LINE

Ready to discover the beautiful architecture, the best market places, the best bars and restaurants in Budapest? Then City Sightseeing is your No.1 partner. Get on board of one of the Hop On Hop Off buses and the hidden treasures of the Hungarian capital will be unveiled. If you are on a tight time schedule in Budapest, the Yellow Line is your best option.

City Sightseeing’s Yellow Line starts from Andrássy Avenue (close to Oktogon), a wonderful sight in itself with plenty of green trees and ancient electricity poles. Especially as the Millenium Underground Railway, the oldest underground in Continental Europe is running beneath it! No wonder that both got on the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites list in 2002. You may also be interested to visit the House of Terror, a rather shocking museum that is to pay tribute to the millions of Hungarian casualties of the Communist and Nazi oppression.

Next stop is the Pest side of the Chain Bridge. Designed and built by Englishman William Tierney Clark during the Hungarian reform age, it was opened for the public in 1848. This is the first steel bridge that connects the historic Buda side and the more cosmopolitan Pest side across the river Danube. The Chain Bridge is a memento to Baron István Széchenyi – also known as The Greatest Hungarian, – a leading figure of the reform movements in the 19th century. The bridge had been rebuilt after the bombings of WW2 and was reopened in 1948. Take a walk around Széchenyi Square and see the House of the Hungarian Science Academy (MTA) and the wonderful Gresham Palace.

We strongly recommend to take pictures of the Castle and the Citadel across the river from Március 15 Square, as – uniquely in the world – the Danube Panorama is another thing that is featured on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. This is also a good place to have a coffee or a cocktail.

From here you will be carried to Fővám Square, where fresh fruits and vegetables, spicy Hungarian sausages and salami, as well wines and paprika can be bought in the Great Market Hall. This is the biggest market place in town that former British PM Margaret Thatcher and Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan visited to, too. Through the Small Boulevard you will get to Kálvin Square, where you can visit to the old Calvinist Church, or take a short walk to see the Hungarian National Museum. You can also change to the Red Line buses here.

As a sign of the development of Budapest, the area surrounding Corvin Plaza was renovated in the past years. Behind the shopping mall you will find cosy bars and restaurants where you should try some traditional Hungarian meals and drinks. But please hold back your thirst for coffee as the New York Palace is next. You must taste their pastry and coffee-au-lait at least once as this posh café has obtained The Most Beutiful Café in the World accolade several times over the years!

You can have a sneak-peek at the everyday lives of the people of Budapest on Elisabeth Boulevard, the vivid street where the Corinthia Hotel is situated. With a left turn at Oktogon your bus will be heading to Liszt Ferenc Square, which is named after the world-famous Hungarian composer. No coincidence that the Academy of Music is also to be found nearby. On the Square you can find plenty of cafés and restaurants offering a wide variety of food and drinks, from Oriental to French and Italian cuisine, from Irish bars to typical Hungarian dishes.

The Yellow Line tour will finish at the Hungarian State Opera, home to the largest opera choir in Hungary. The neo-renaissance Opera House is one of the landmark buildings of the Hungarian capital. Designed by the famous architect Miklós Ybl, its richly decorated halls are decorated by the Hungarian secessionist paintings of Mór Than, Károly Lotz and Bertalan Székely. Despite the ongoing renovation works on the facade, the Opera House is open for visitors. You may purchase your ticket for the guided tours in four languages, starting at 3 pm from the middle of March 2019.

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