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Project for Public Spaces
January 8, 2002
December 14, 2017

Residential street at the top of one of Budapest's best-known destinations, the area known as the Castle District - but it's far from a tourist trap.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

This promenade acts as a gathering place for locals and visitors who appreciate the beautiful architecture, trees, benches, fountains, and an incredible vista. The street is a whole greater than the sum of its parts - but its parts are impressive: the architecture is historic and harmonious; mature trees make a shady canopy; a wide walkway follows along a spectacular view; benches line the street, well-placed to allow a choice or shade or sun, and an appreciation of the view.

Access & Linkages

At one end of the street is Budapest's palace, which is a major destination for visitors. Go up any side street and there is a quiet restaurant, cafe, or shop.

Comfort & Image

In addition to the trees, historic character and amenities, this street is beautifully maintained and embellished with additional details such as historic lamp posts and a fountain.

Uses & Activities

The street is a favorite place to walk or jog on a sunny day to enjoy a breath-taking view over the hills behind Budapest.


Relatively few people walk alone, rather they go here with a friend, as a couple, or with the dog.

How Light?

How Quick?

How Cheap?

History & Background

The Castle District of Budapest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The neighborhood has been evolving since medieval times, and has also been partially destroyed numerous times, most recently during World War II.

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*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.


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