Erzsébet Square

A beautiful green space in Budapest's city center

Erzsébet Square
Danubius Fountain

Erzsébet Square (Erzsébet tér) is the largest green area in Budapest's inner city. The square was named after Elisabeth, 'Sisi', wife of Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph, in 1858. In Budapest's varied history, Erzsébet tér was first renamed to Stalin in 1946 and to then to Engels in 1953, only to get its original name back in 1990.

The square's main attraction is the Danubius Fountain, located in the middle of the square, symbolizing Hungary's rivers. The fountain, built in 1880, originally stood on Kálvin tér. When Kálvin tér was rebuilt after WWII the fountain was relocated to Erzsébet tér.

Today, Erzsébet tér gives home to the Design Terminal, the former bus depot turned design center, a Bauhaus style building featuring design and fashion related exhibitions, to WAMP, Budapest's monthly design fair and to a cultural center called Akvárium. In the spring Erzsébet tér transforms into one of the nicest green spots in the city center.

Getting to Erzsébet tér: Take the subway (any of the three lines) to Deák Ferenc tér and take the short walk over to Erzsébet tér.

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