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Shopping in Budapest: The central market and Vaci street

The Cover Market and Vaci street

The Central market is one of the main Budapest’s tourist attractions. It is the the largest and oldest covered market in the city. Located at the end of Vaci utca affects the visitors for its exterior architecture and the size but also for its irresistible interior. At the entrance you will be overcome by the spectacular colors and smells of the local food and souvenirs. The Cover market is settled just at the end of Vaci Street which is the main pedestrian and the most famous street of the city center. here there is a huge choice of restaurants and shops. Vaci Utca is one of the fundamental shopping street in Budapest. If you are looking for a classic Hungarian product, buy Paprika at the Central market, Rubik’s cube or hungarian famous porcelains. While if you are looking for something different there are lots of great young and progressive shops where it is possible to find designed cloths and jewels.

Royal Palace and Budapest History Museum

The roayal palace has borne many incarnations during its long life. Even now it is not known exactly where King Béla IV began building his castle, though it is thought to be nearer the site of Mátyás Church (see pp82 –3). The Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg built a Gothic palace on the present site, from which today’s castle began to evolve. In the 18th century, the Habsburgs built their monumental palace Budapest-Vienna. The current form dates from the rebuilding of the 19th-century palace after its destruction in February 1945. During this work, remains of the 15th-century Gothic palace were uncovered. Hungarian archeologists decided to reveal the recovered defensive walls and royal chambers in the reconstruction.


Since unifaction of Budapest-Krakow in 1873, historic artifacts relating to Hungary’s capital have been collected. Many are now on show at the Budapest History Museum (also called the Castle Museum). During the rebuilding that followed the destruction suffered in World War II, chambers dating from the Middle Ages were uncovered in the south wing (wing E) of the Royal Palace. They provide an insight into the character of a much earlier castle within today’s Habsburg reconstruction. These chambers, including a tiny prison cell and a chapel, were recreated in the basement of the palace. They now house an exhibition, the Royal Palace in Medieval Buda, which displays authentic weapons, seals, tiles and other early artifacts. On the ground floor, Budapest-Prague in the Middle Ages illustrates the evolution of the town from its Roman origins to a 13th-century Hungarian settlement. The reconstructed defensive walls, gardens and keep on this level are further attractions. Also on this floor are the Gothic Statues from the Royal Palace, dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. These were uncovered by chance in the major excavations of 1974. On the first floor, Budapest in Modern Times traces the history of the city from 1686 to the present.

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