A Weekend in Budapest : Erzsebet Square

The Budapest Eye stays running into the night in Erzsebet Square.

The Budapest Eye stays running into the night in Erzsebet Square.

Once arriving in Budapest, the first thing I noticed was the beautiful Ferris wheel that was conveniently located nearby our apartment. It was beautiful and huge in size so I knew I could get a great view of the city at the top. Little did I know that with 42 cars and measuring at 65 meters in diameter, the Budapest Eye is one of Europe’s largest mobile Ferris wheels. At night it shined with more than 10,000 lights for a truly magical experience and breathtaking views.

The Budapest Eye opened to the public last May and is located in Erzsebet Square, a public park that is bustling at night. Hundreds of people flock to the city center to ride the Ferris wheel, grab some drinks (or bring their own), and enjoy the company of others as well as the view of lit sculptures. In 2012 the city placed a smaller Ferris Wheel in the center of town for the Sziget Festival and since it was such a hit, they created an even larger one the next year. The Budapest Eye will only be open in the park until September of this year so I’m very glad I had the opportunity to take a ride and see the city from 65 meters in the sky.

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