Category: Architecture, castles and historic districts
Location: 1033 Budapest, Fő tér
Óbuda has a lot to keep you occupied: Medieval main square and Aquincum, the remnants of the Roman-time settlement bearing the same name for history buffs and Római-part for the lovers of nature. The two former are exciting enough for everyone to appreciate, while the latter provides a venue for relaxation with places selling fried fish, beautiful weekend houses and the closeness of the Danube beside the many sights. In the evening the older generation is attracted by the live music of Evezős Sörkert, whereas Fellini Kultúrbisztró offers concerts and draught Belgian beer for younger people.
This suburb, an independent town till 1873, is the oldest part of Budapest. Its name also means old (ó) Buda. It may be doubted if you consider the large number of buildings or tower blocks without any character which "have risen up" and which spoil the landscape. At first sight therefore, nothing attracts you especially, and however.
Aquincum, the ruins of a two thousand years old forerunner of Budapest, can be found in the northern part of the city. The remains of this civil and military town of the Roman period include two amphitheatres, villas with superb mosaic works, a military bath-house and the stone pillars of an aqueduct. The Aquincum Museum (139 Szentendrei út) is a contiguous area of ruins, where the most valuable items include carved stones, wall paintings and an ancient organ.
Old single-storey houses, taverns and fine museums create a unique ambience at Fő tér in Óbuda. Nearby are two museums: the Varga Imre Museum (7 Laktanya utca), exhibiting the works of a contemporary sculptor, and the Vasarely Museum (6 Szentlélek tér) housing the complete oeuvre of Victor Vasarely (originally: Győző Vásárhelyi), father of op-art.
At the Kiscelli Museum (108 Kiscelli út) there is a rich collection of works depicting Budapest in addition to 20th-century Hungarian works of fine arts.
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