Inner City (Budapest)
Inner City (Hungarian: Belváros; German: Innenstadt) is part of the historic old town of Pest. Today it is a part of the 5th District of Budapest, Hungary. Budapest's main shopping street, Váci utca ("Váci Street"), is located there, as is a large part of the city's commercial life, banks and travel agencies. Many tourists start sightseeing there.
In a broader sense, the city centre of Budapest is bordered by the Grand Boulevard on Pest side of the city. In Buda, it is bordered by the continuation of Grand Boulevard by Margit körút, Krisztina körút, Budaörsi út and Bocskai út. The inner city area comprises the 5th, 6th, 7th districts and areas of the 8th, 9th and 13th districts on the Pest side of the Danube, while in Buda the 1st, 2nd, 11th and a small part of 12th district make up the city centre.
The borders of Belváros are bounded by Vigadó tér ("Vigadó Square") in the north, Deák Ferenc utca ("Ferenc Deák Street") in the north, the Small Boulevard streets of Károly körút ("Charles Boulevard"), Múzeum körút ("Museum Boulevard") and Vámház körút ("Vámház Boulevard"), and the River Danube.
Pest was granted the Charter of Free Royal Town in 1704. The core of the city was first called Belváros (German: Innenstadt) during the 18th century, when suburbs grew up around it. After the unification of Budapest in 1873, Belváros became the 4th district of the capital. On 1 January 1950 it was merged with neighbouring Lipótváros to form the 5th District. Since 1990 the district has officially called "Belváros-Lipótváros".
The three Budapest Metro lines converge at Ferenc Deák Square where the Blue and Red lines meet the Millennium Underground Railway (yellow). There are several bus, tram and trolleybus lines in this area.
- Hungarian Parliament Building
- Hungarian Academy of Sciences
- Gresham Palace
- St Stephen's Basilica
- Vigadó Concert Hall
- Liberty Square
- Inner City Parish Church
- University Church
- Evangelical Church on Ferenc Deák Square
- Pilvax Café
- Váci Street
- Dohány Street Synagogue