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Budapest-Nyugati pályaudvar Reviews
Budapest West Station Sep 29, 2011
Budapest West Station, or Nyugati pályaudvar in Hungarian, is one of the two principal railway stations in Budapest. If you take the train into town from the airport, you will arrive here. The station is indicated in MAV timetables as "Budapest-Nyugati".
Budapest West is an elegant 19th century European station, well preserved. The station was designed by August de Serres and opened in 1877. The iron supported trainshed was built by the Eiffel company, later builders of the tower. It's centrally located, at Teréz körút and Váci út (at Nyugati tér) with subway and tram connections right outside.
There has been some modernization, with a park and fountains added to the East side. The former station restaurant has been converted into a McDonald's. It is said to be the most elegant McDonald's in Europe!
I wanted to see the inside of the iron and glass trainshed. (We don't have stations like this in the USA.) I found I could walk around and no one objected my taking photos of the station or the trains therein. I noted some trains depart from inside platforms, while others use platforms outside to the rear of the station.
It was a treat to see this example of 1870s railway architecture up close and nice to see it still in use.
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