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The Váci street and the very downtown

The Váci utca is the heart of the downtown. It is an elegant shopping street with several restaurants, bank offices, cafés, souvenir- and bookshops.
Váci utca
The majority of the buildings were constructed at the turn of the 20th century but there are minor details that add to the special atmosphere. There are small hidden passages, cast iron balconies, art nouveau style decoration and Zsolnay ceramic tyles that make each building different and worth noting.  At the north end of the Vörösmarty sqare with the famous Gerbeaud café can be found.
Street musicians, portrait drawers and folklore fairs make the sqaure vivid.  Paralell with the Váci street runs the Danube Promenade, from where one can have a beautiful view of the Buda castle and the Gellért Hill.
The Gerbeaud
Walking along the Danube one will pass by the Redout, built in romantic style and at the foot of the Chainbridge, the representative palace of the Hungarian Academy of Science worth mentioning. The Váci utca area is the "very downtown" of Budapest, in Váci utca there are usually more tourists than locals. 
Along the Danube promenade and close to Vörösmarty tér the most prominent hotels of the city can be found.

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