This is an interesting spot in Budapest that is unique, beautiful, grand and free. This train station was designed and bult by the Eiffel Company of Paris (of Tower fame) in the 1870s. At the time of completeion it was the most modern station in the world and the 5th largest in Europe. The 66,000 square feet of the overall train station outwardly has changed little in the years since construction.
The station is easy to reach by tram from the OKtogon station. It is next to the largest Western style mall in Budapest for those that are having mall withdrawal.
Of note is the McDonald's, that is within one of the original buildings and is said to be the most beautiful fast food spots on the planet. I did go in, breaking a 10 year personal embargo. It is lovely and seats 200-300. It is one of Mackie D's busiest.
After seeing the front and entering the central departure/arrival area, then go out the door and go in near the McDonald's. Follow this corridor along the side of the building and reach other rooms the size of the McD's that have not been renovated. Many of the original lamps and other harware are still in place and updated. It is lovely.
Over all one realizes that little has changed over the years in train stations. This one is still highly functional with the addition of electricity and modern boards.
I went during a busy afternoon. I wonder what this looks like at dusk and dark and as in many European cities, how safe it is. To this, I cannot comment. But I think it would be an interesting photo-op.
If you are in Budapest for longer than a week- do go. If you are stumped on what todo on Monday when most things are closed and it is raining too much to go to the zoo- then go here. We enjoyed the trip back in time.
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