Thursday, March 24, 2011

Andrassy Boulevard - Budapest, Hungary

Andrassy Ut (Boulevard) in Budapest, Hungary is a lesser-known, but truly world-class example of a multi-way boulevard. It was built during the rapid Belle Epoque expansion of Budapest that occurred during the last decades of the 1800s. The boulevard was completed just in time for the 1900 Millennium Celebrations centered in the grand new City Park located on the edge of the growing metropolitan core. The first subway in continental Europe is located beneath Andrassy Boulevard, and was constructed to transport Celebration attendees from the center of the city to the City Park. This subway line is still in operation and can be accessed from station entrances spaced along the walkway down the access lane median.




The boulevard spans a range of urban contexts. At the end closest to the center of the city, beautiful  four and five story continuous neoclassical apartment block fabric lines the way.

The urban fabric then transitions to grand detached villas.

The boulevard’s termination at the City Park occurs at Hero’s Square with its flanking neoclassical museums and spectacular beaux arts monument dedicated to the City’s founders.


The dimensions of the boulevard feel very good. The trees in the access lane medians divide the overall width into several well shaped and defined spaces. Below is the section:

Although Andrassy Boulevard carries a great deal of vehicular traffic, the sidewalks and access lane medians with their tree-lined walks form splendid shady places for walking and draw a stunning number of pedestrians and bicyclists out to enjoy a stroll or ride.

What a humane way to build a major thoroughfare that accommodates not just cars, but the full range of complex human activites that make cities exciting places to live!

View historic photos of Andrassy Boulevard under construction on the City of Budapest's website.

3 comments:

  1. So proud of my beautiful city and so happy that you think it is world class too:-)

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  2. So charming a place! A college student I know lived for a semester there, and she'll enjoy seeing this. The blog text and photos are nicely presented.

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  3. Can anyone identify the tree species planted along the pathways?

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