Walks in the quarter


1. 18-20 Bródy Sándor Street
2. 36 Bródy Sándor Street 
3. 16 Mária Street
4. 2 Horánszky Street
5. 13 Horánszky Street
6. 5 Reviczky Street
7. 7 Reviczky Street
8. 4 Baross Street

The Hungarian Latin Quarter, as the Palace Quarter was called at the beginning of the previous century, was the home of artists, writers and bohemians, it was full of enthusiastic young people with great expectations - but empty pockets.

The career of many famous Hungarian literary figures like Kosztolányi, Mikszáth and Lőrinc Szabó started here in these forever bustling streets. The steps of Babits and Karinthy are still heard in the stairways, and the smoke of Krúdy’s cigarette is still felt.

As you roam the streets of the Palace Quarter you can discover the poetic spaces of the turn of the century. Just walk the path of the following route.

1. 7 Múzeum Street (the building of the Kossuth Club)
2. 5-7 Bródy Sándor Street (Hungarian Radio)
3. 6-8 Múzeum Avenue (Gólyavár, Eötvös Lóránd University)
4. 9-11 Puskin Street (Department of Chemistry and Physiology, Eötvös Lóránd University)
5. 17 Vas Street (the former Balassa Hospital)
6. 10 Somogyi Béla Street
7. 9 Krúdy Gyula Street
8. 63 József Avenue (the then Bányász Movie Theatre)

Budapest is a frequent location of film shootings. In many blockbusters different parts of the capital have appeared sometimes as a small baroque town, or Paris at the turn of the century, or sometimes as Moscow. Not by accident. Our built heritage is exceptionally colourful – it reveals the history of the city and the country from one century to the other. This is also true in the Palace Quarter, where just by walking down the streets the pedestrian is taken for a time travel, for example, the events of the 1956 revolution can be recalled for people who know where and what to look for.

In present reality the imprint of the autumn exactly 56 years ago can be detected. It is in the shot marks on the cracked paint of the walls, in the history of houses built in the place of destroyed buildings, and in the memory of families still living here. To understand the events we not only have to get acquainted with the prominent and famous historic scenes but every tiny corner of the city, where significant things happened in 1956 often without recognition, in the flats, schools, hospitals and obviously in people’s hearts. Following the route of the walk it becomes apparent how a nation with everyday heroes was fighting for its freedom.

1. 14-16 Múzeum Avenue
2. Mikszáth Kálmán Square
3. Mária Street and Pál Street corner
4. 31 Práter Street
5. Corvin Promenade
6. 30 Nagytemplom Street
7. Fűvészkert - Ludovika - Orczy Garden

The 8th district has a sacred story. More than hundred years have passed since the birth of the story. The past century brought it fame, numerous translations into foreign languages and a film version was also made from it. It has become a cult, though the real scenery has been twisted out of its original from by today. The rocks once read about have disappeared or have been distored. The legend of the patriotic children hungry for fight at the turn of the century have been replaced by sad, profane images, which are hard to forget. As if we never dared to recall throughout these difficult decades that Hungary's most famous novel was inspired by a narrow streets of Józsefváros and its colourful inhabitants.

The footprints of the "The Paul Street Boys" link the most prominent scenes where these true hearted boys once ran about. The story gives an eternal frame th the values of the age, which we inherit today and remind us to respect these traditions on which we can lean upon. This book is about the children of Józsefváros who arrive home to something else than what they expected. At school they might sit in the first row or the last, but if they are not at home or at school, their fates bacome one as they from teams where they can truly be themselves and where things do count. hr