City Wood : Michelin's recommendations
When you walk around it, far from the madding crows of the city, it is difficult to imagine that this place was just a Royal hunting reserve until the 15th Century and a huge marsh. In the middle of the 18th Century the Empress Marie-Thérèse decided to make it useful by drying the marshes, by planting some new species of trees there to convert it into a place for walking for the public. Around 1810 the Palatine Prince Joseph, a refined man who was fond of beauty and nature, suggested the creation of a committee for making Pest more attractive. A landscape gardener of French origin, Henrik Nebbie, was entrusted with designing the plans to convert this place into a large park for recreation and leisure activities. At the end of the 19th Century the park took its present form. The City Wood is a very popular place in the Summer when the sun does not spare the capital. People come here with the family seeking a shady corner, to "breathe fresh air", stroll along the paths and taste the joys of rowing (in Winter the lake is emptied of its water and converted into an ice-skating rink). Whilst walking in the park past the castle, you can see on the side the lake the statue of George Washington, the first President of the United States. It was built in 1906 thanks to the donations from Hungarian emigrants.
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