the interesting places of Budapest’s central districts
The interesting places of Budapest’s central districts

Central districts of Budapest – V-VII.

All you need to know about the interesting places of Budapest’s central districts, District V, VI and VII.

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The central districts of Budapest truly show the side of the city that never sleeps – there’s always something to do. Looking for amazing sightseeing opportunities? Hungry for some delicious street food? Itching for a good dance until the morning? You can have it all in district V, VI, and VII. Read on and discover them along the way.

District V of Budapest (Lipótváros)

District V lies along the Danube right in the middle of the city’s Pest side. Fun fact: a part of it used to be an independent city in the mid-15th century with walls where today’s avenues are. The district’s northern part just touches the Margaret Bridge and the always busy Nyugati railway station. You can find popular sightseeing destinations here, such as the Hungarian Parliament Building on Kossuth tér, Szabadság tér with its controversial Soviet memorial, and the Shoes on the Danube Bank Holocaust Memorial on the Danube promenade nearby.

Szabadság tér is a place that definitely deserves your attention, since it regularly hosts markets, concerts, beer festivals, and other events, such as watching the football World Cup or European Cup on huge screens.

Top tip:

Take tram 2 from Jászai Mari tér and travel by the Danube all the way to the southern end of District V to have a truly unique sightseeing experience. This line was voted the second most scenic tram line in the world after San Francisco.

Music festival at Liberty Square
Music festival at Liberty Square

The middle of the district is basically the downtown area of Budapest with famous places such as the Chain Bridge, the Vigadó, St. Stephen’s Basilica, as well as Deák Ferenc tér and Erzsébet tér, the most central squares of the city. They’re also regular hosts of culinary events and outdoor concerts thanks to the terrace of Akvárium, a club half-hidden just below ground level. It’s a great place to chill in the evening after a long day of sightseeing.

Top tip:

 If you’re looking for a spectacular view of the city from up above, buy a ticket and take the elevator or climb the stairs of the St. Stephen’s Basilica (open from 10am till 4:30pm, closes even later during summer months). Check out the panoramic view of Budapest and try to find all the sightseeing destinations you’ve already been to. We bet you’ll be able to count a lot.

Breathtaking view from the top of the St. Stephen’s Basilica
Breathtaking view from the top of the St. Stephen’s Basilica

The southern part of the district ends at Liberty Bridge where the Central Market Hall lies. The main shopping street, Váci utca runs through this part of District V with both upmarket fashion brands and souvenir shops. The northern part of the street ends in Vörösmarty tér where the Christmas Fair is held every winter.

Top tip:

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, try Zoo café (open every day from 10am till 10pm), where you can have a special coffee, a cookie or ice cream and have the possibility to meet rescued exotic animals, like macaws, snakes, or chameleons.

Budapest’s main shopping street, Váci utca
Budapest’s main shopping street, Váci utca

District VI of Budapest (Terézváros)

District VI is home to many cultural venues and historic sights of Budapest that will certainly make a great impression on you.

Just walk along Andrássy út, the wide avenue that starts from the center of the city and stretches out to Heroes’ Square, and you’ll see the Opera House, the Operetta Theater and the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy. You’ll also be able to spot the House of Terror with exhibits on fascist and communist regimes of the 20th century. It is also a memorial for those that were interrogated, tortured, and killed in the building, so it’s surely not a light-hearted program on your itinerary, but a deep and thought-provoking one.

Beautiful Andrássy út sleading up to Heroes’ Square, Budapest
Beautiful Andrássy út sleading up to Heroes’ Square, Budapest

The Broadway of Budapest, Nagymező utca is also in District VI, it’s home to many theaters, and if you watch where you step, you’ll be able to find footprints of famous Hungarian actors on the ground. You’ll find the Hungarian House of Photography (Mai Manó Ház) here, and just across the street you’ll be able to check out the Robert Capa Center as well.

The lively Nagymező utca in District VI, Budapest
The lively Nagymező utca in District VI, Budapest
Top tip:

If you’re looking for a place to grab a bite or have a nice coffee, Liszt Ferenc tér is the most popular choice with its amazing cafés and restaurants.

The popular Café Vian on Liszt Ferenc tér
The popular Café Vian on Liszt Ferenc tér

District VII of Budapest (Erzsébetváros)

District VII is most famous of two things – it’s the center of Jewish Budapest, and the best district if you want to get a taste of Budapest’s nightlife.

Starting from Károly körút between Deák Ferenc tér and Astoria, District VII will amaze you with Europe’s largest synagogue, the Dohány Street Synagogue, built in the mid-19th century. The great synagogue budapest complex is home to the Jewish cemetery where more than 2,000 Jewish victims of the ghetto during World War II are buried. The Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park can be found in the rear courtyard where a statue of a weeping willow commemorates those Hungarian Jews that were killed by the Nazis. The Great Synagogue serves as a prayer house up to this day. Want to know more about Jewish Budapest? Let us recommend an informative walking tour on the history of Jews in the Hungarian capital.

Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest
Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest

Interested in the nightlife Budapest can offer? The city is absolutely ready to show you how it’s done. Kazinczy utca and its surrounding streets are the perfect place to be in the city if you’re up for a few drinks and a bit of hip shaking. District VII is famous for its ruin pubs – the name comes from the fact that you sit down with your drink inside a dilapidated, war-torn building. The most popular and iconic ruin pub is Szimpla Kert, but it’s so widely known by now that it’s mostly visited by tourists. Other famous ruin pubs are Instant & Fogas Ház, UdvarRom and Füge Udvar (one of the cheapest ruin pubs).

If you’re looking for a place where you can really shake it, Szimpla is also a popular choice here, along with Doboz and Instant & Fogas Ház. Once you try them, it will surely be a night to remember.

Top tip:

If you’re looking for a unique culinary experience, try Bors Gastrobar on Kazincy. They serve extraordinary soups you’ve never tasted before with delicious baguettes that will make you want to go there every day.

Szimpla Kert, the oldest and most popular ruin bar in Budapest
Szimpla Kert, the oldest and most popular ruin bar in Budapest

The courtyards of Gozsdu-udvar’s houses are also quite popular among tourists, you can find a lot of restaurants and pubs here that are usually full every night, and it looks amazing in the dark when everything is covered with small lights.

Top tip:

If you literally feel blinded by the lights, just across the street there’s Lámpás (ironically its name means ‘lantern’ in Hungarian), another cozy ruin pub with occasional live music, and much cheaper prices than Gozsdu, even though it’s really close.

Gozsdu-udvar, one of the most popular party places in downtown Budapest
Gozsdu-udvar, one of the most popular party places in downtown Budapest

Q & A

Where are Districts V, VI and VII in Budapest?
District V, VI and VII are central districts of Budapest. All three are on the Pest side (east side) of the river; District V is along the Danube, District VI is northeast and District VII is east of District V.
What are the most famous landmarks of Districts V, VI and VII in Budapest?
The most famous landmarks of District V are the Hungarian Parliament Building and St. Stephen’s Basilica, in District VI you’ll find the Opera House and the House of Terror, while District VII is home to the Dohány Street Synagogue.
What can I do in Districts V, VI and VII in Budapest?
In Districts V, VI and VII there are many amazing sights, shops, green areas, restaurants, and pubs.
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