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(József Finta, 1981) was said to look like a cassette recorder of the day, standing on its Little side. It still reflects the sun The Cutest of Cute Princesses Theafternoon little bronze statue from many angles, it was also praised Luckily, when perching on the railingwhich (by László Marton, 1990) hasfor. sat there for only a few years, though touristsin might it a hundred years old. The statue the hotel wassome renovated 2000think its giant coloured wooden relief made most1981) sculptors furious. A lot of preserved, artists and critics havewith found down(Pál Kő, in the foyer was along itsit poets right kitsch. Tourists, including Prince Charles, loved it (so much so that he and writers recognizable to educated Hungarians. It now faces acquired a copy, and invited the artist to London, where a show was devotthetoelevators. ed his work. See his Liszt statue on Walk Five, p. 183.) In most months, The 356 AtriumtoSofitel Hotel (Lajos makeshift stallsroom with gadgets bric-à-brac hide her fromZalaváry, your eyes. 1982) is a hive-like building that reveals its true self from the inside. Hotel Intercontinental, At the Pest All guest rooms open onto aHotel circularSofitel gallery 1E, that1F surrounds end of Lánchíd. Both hotels were built in the early 1980’s, almost at the same a central courtyard, hence the name Atrium. Over the atrium time, bringing the Danube bank back to life. What would the Prince of hangshave a replica theare first airplane. foyerscale has Wales said? of They far Hungarian-built too big, they have spoiled the Its inherent been revamped a couple since opened. Since it is of the riverbank. They do not of fit times here. They doitnot even match the2006 Marriott Hotel of them (which was built fifteen years earlier – space a long with time, calledsouth the Bibliothek Lounge, a friendly and tasteful

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Hotel Intercontinental and Atrium Sofitel Hotel 1E – F ••• These hotels, which are at the Pest end of the Lánchíd, were built almost simultaneously in the early 1980s, bringing the Danube bank back to life. They are far too big, they have spoiled the

The Castle Area and Váci Utca

way from the suburbs to listen to the music here, but who could not afford to inherent sit in a café.scale of the riverbank, and they are insensitive of the buildings the inner city.has They dobuilt, not even match with the style to Now that a of new row of hotels been the Promenade is beginning of the Hotel (to the south of them),it which was builtwho come to Marriott life again after its apparent death. Although is mainly tourists stroll here, the locals seem be slowlyin returning as of well, especiallyhotel the older fifteen years earlier, antoeternity the field Budapest generation. At night, however, sleaze dominates the lower (Erzsébet híd) architecture. When completed, the Hotelat Intercontinental end, with all three sexes offering themselves for sale.

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The Cutest of Cute Little Princesses ••• In Vigadó tér, by the Tram 2 stop, the little bronze statue by László Marton (1990) perching on the railing has sat there for only a few years. But some tourists might think it was a hundred years old. When it appeared the statue made most sculptors furious and many artists and critics called it downright kitschy. But tourists, including Prince Charles, loved it (so much so that he acquired a copy and invited the artist to London, where a show was devoted to his work). In most months you’ll have to search for the princess behind makeshift stalls filled with gadgets and bric-à-brac. Look for Marton’s Liszt statue in Walk Five.

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when there was always a place to go to meet friends and to socialize. Budapest once had four such promenades, but this was the most important and the busiest (it even had four rows of benches). The other promenades were on nearby Váci utca, on Bástyasétány (“bastion promenade”) in the Castle, and on Stefánia út near Városliget (which was for luxury coaches). Dunakorzó, where quasi strangers walked together or even talked to each other, was the most relaxed. There is a story of a famous bohemian writer, Jenő Heltai (1871 – 1957) who was once accompanied by a young man on the Promenade. They strolled along together chatting. Suddenly the writer was greeted by a passer-by. The young man asked who it was. “How on earth should I know?” replied the writer. “I do not even know who you are!” Evenings were especially beautiful here when all the cafés were illuminated and the best gypsy and jazz bands played. At a safe distance from the bright terraces sat people who came from the suburbs to listen to the music, but could not afford to sit in the cafés. Since a row of hotels was built in the 1970s, the Promenade is beginning to come to life again after its apparent death. Although it is mainly tourists who stroll here now and frequent the restaurants and cafés along the Korzó, the locals seem to be slowly returning, especially the older generation. At night, however, sleaze dominates the Promenade, with all three sexes offering themselves for sale. The lovers of the Dunakorzó would like to drive the noisy Tram 2 underground and have the promenade widened. But there is no sign of this expensive proposition being adopted.

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A Luxus Department Store B Café Gerbeaud C Vigadó Concert Hall E Hotel Elegant shopsE Hotel Intercontinental Intercontinental D Thonet House F Hotel Sofitel G Statue of Ferenc Deák H Lánchíd (Chain Bridge) B Café Gerbeaud F Hotel Sofitel

C  Vigadó Concert Hall

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