Budapest100: Celebrating the architecture of Budapest for 10 years


  • Kessler Gretchen

24/09/2020 10.04am

Postponed from spring, the tenth Budapest100 kicked off this weekend with art installations, fascinating activities and an exploration into the stories behind some of the city's most beautiful and historic buildings. See how it all looked in the video we made of this unique event!

It was another great year for exploring the city this weekend, as the tenth annual Budapest100 brought communities and visitors together in a mutual love for interesting architecture and history. Each year, buildings around the city are researched and selected by a committee to open their doors during one weekend and one weekend alone, allowing visitors to glimpse at secret gardens, lush courtyards, elegant spiral staircases and breathtaking architectural detail normally hidden behind closed doors. How many times have we been walking down the street and wondered what lay behind the curtain? This weekend, we found out. 

Photo: Gretchen Kessler - We Love Budapest

Entry to all the buildings is free, although some of the events require registration in advance. Once inside, old photographs show the evolution of the building throughout the years, and volunteers are on hand to provide extra information and insight. Residents of the selected buildings will often come out on their balconies and chat to visitors, which creates connections and a sense of community no matter where in the city you call home. 

Photo: Csudai Sándor - We Love Budapest

Photo: Budapest100 / Balázs Pivarnyik

From attic to basement, all sorts of delightful details can be discovered, such as ornamental stained glass windows, heavy wooden doors wraught with iron handles, soaring arched entranceways, intricate mosaic floors and even, if you're lucky, a cat or two poking through the gardens. 

Photo: Gretchen Kessler - We Love Budapest

Photo: Gretchen Kessler - We Love Budapest

Photo: Budapest100 / Szilvia Gyulia

Photo: Budapest100 / Szilvia Gyulia

Even some museums are featured on the map, such as the Open Society Archives on Arany János utca, where visitors could meander through the POST-SOVIET photo exhibition by Lenke Szilágyi

Photo: Gretchen Kessler - We Love Budapest

If you missed it this year, don't worry. Budapest100 is a hugely popular event in the city, and 2021 will be here before you know it. In the meantime, check out more of the beautiful pictures captured this year! 

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