Home to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre is the 18th district of the Hungarian capital. It comprises two formert towns - Pestszentlőrinc and Pestszentimre - which became part of Budapest shortly after World War II. District XVIII encompasses the forested trails of Péterhalmi Erdő and lies alongside the immense New Public Cemetery.
Things to do in District XVIII - Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre
Aviation enthusiasts can watch the aeroplanes taking off and coming into land at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport from the Spotterdomb, a small hill that can be accessed on foot from Terminal 2. Alternatively, you can observe all the action from the observation deck within the airport itself before grabbing a bite to eat from its abundance of eateries.
Want to stretch your legs? Head to Péterhalmi Erdő, a small forest in the heart of Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre. It’s a popular spot for locals to run and walk their dogs and has a well-marked cross-country circuit to explore. Further north lies the Bókay Adventure Park, which boasts a ropes course and zip lines designed to challenge all ages.
Sprawling north of Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre is the New Public Cemetery, which is one of the largest burial grounds in Europe. Established in 1886, it centres around an early-20th-century building topped by a 26-metre-high bell tower and encompasses a memorial to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution designed by György Jovánovics. Adjacent lies the Kozma Street Cemetery where Budapest’s Jewish citizens are laid to rest, with several graves marked by Art Nouveau-style mausoleums.
Getting around District XVIII - Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre
Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre is around 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Budapest and encompasses the major aviation hub of Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Trains connect to several stations dotted throughout Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre and a network of buses access the district’s sights.