Batthyány Square

The heart of Budapest's Watertown

Batthyány Square
as seen from Batthyány tér

Named after Lajos Batthyány, the first Prime Minister of Hungary, Batthyány Square (Batthyány tér) offers some of the best views of Budapest's Parliament building. This small square, located in the heart of Watertown (Víziváros), the area between Castle Hill and the Danube, is a busy transit hub on weekdays, as both the red subway line (M2) and the Suburban Railway (HÉV) have stops here.

The square's most beautiful building is the Church of St. Anna, built between 1740 and 1762. The church is also one of Budapest's finest Baroque style buildings. Another noteworthy building in the square is the former 'White Cross Inn' (Batthyány tér 4), which was born in 1766 when two older buildings were rebuilt in Rococo style. Habsburg king Joseph II stayed here twice when visiting Buda in 1783 and 1784.

Batthyány tér also has a Market Hall, built between 1900 and 1902, which houses a modern supermarket and a small café on the second floor with views of the Parliament Building. Coyote, one of my favorite café/breakfast spots in Buda, is also located in Batthyány tér on the corner of Markovits Iván utca.

Getting to Batthyány tér: Take Subway (M2) to Batthyány tér

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