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Kossuth Square’s new look

Photo : Balkányi László - We Love Budapest
Kossuth Square's new look

Kossuth Square’s renovation was preceded by numerous arguments, but everyone agreed on one thing: the Square can’t stay the way it is. Parking cars, tourists maneuvering around chains, and weeds growing out of the sidewalk characterized Kossuth Square in recent decades, so it was time for a complete makeover. Lay your eyes on the results and learn interesting details!

Kossuth Square
  • 1055 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér
Those who remember the old Kossuth Square were dumbstruck by how strikingly different it looks: it’s cleaner, more spacious, the details are elegantly simple, and the various pieces of contemporary archtitecture are not only in perfect harmony with the Parliament, but also add to the overall picture, giving it a modern twist, rather than takiing away from it. The cracked concrete is gone and was replaced with granite pavement and the landscape received a trendy makeover.

Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest
Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest

The new country flag is waving on a 33-meter-high metal column. As Zoltán Tima senior designer told us, it is a place of representation covered with 50×100 centimeter granite plates and a long reflecting pool at the edge of the square.

Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest
Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest

One of the most important change is that vehicles are not allowed to enter the square, and there are motorcycle cops patrolling the area warning drivers to turn around.
Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest
Near the south side of the square stands the completely revamped former Wellisch mansion, housing the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice. Its exterior and dome were rebuilt following the original plans.

Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest
Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest

In light of the results, we’re more than confused about the scandal stirred by the relocation of Atilla József‘s statue. He is now closer to the Danube, sitting in a much better spot,forever watching the melon-rinds float by.
Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest
Summer heat? No problem, Kossuth Square got this. The weather is observed by special sensors, so when the air is too hot or too dry above the granite pavement, built-in, hidden-between-the-paving humidifiers improve the conditions.

Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest
Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest

The premises on the other side of the Parliament were  also revamped, though this section is yet to be opened. When it does open, all obstacles standing in the way of a stroll along the riverbank will be gone. A similarly positive change is the  Parliaments newfound accessibility, which means you can bask in the beauty of Imre Steindl’s breathtaking building from all angles.

Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest
Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest

As of now, the statues of István Tisza and Gyula Andrássy can only be seen on Waschler Tamás’ photos, and both the visitor center and the underground parking lot are only halfway done. Good news for families and sports fanatics: adjacent Olympics Park has been opened on March 22.

Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest
Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest

In retrospect, the project was more than worth it: in place of the parking lot now lies an elegant square, and the messy wilderness that used to be the park is now a well-kept masterpiece of landscape architecture. Budapest finally got the main square it deserves.
Kossuth Square's new look
Photo: László Balkányi - We Love Budapest