8 great refurbished public spaces in Budapest of 2015
Photo : Norbert Juhász/We Love Budapest
24/12/2015, 5:04 PM●4-minute article
Some inner-city roads might be temporarily closed, several squares are under construction, trams can be out of service for a while, but these inconveniences all attest to the fact that Budapest is undergoing a rocketing era of refurbishment. From a historic marketplace to a revamped running track to Buda’s rebuilt hilltop oasis, eight new city refurbishments from this year are pleasing eyes and souls.
After a recent restoration, the historic covered market hall on Budapest’s Klauzál Square shines with its old glory again, boasting bright and sun-flooded spaces where a growing number of booths provide fresh fruit and vegetables, appetizing dairy and meat products, an assortment of baked goods, and even lángos fried-dough specialties on the gallery level. An additional bonus of the place is that the supermarket under the arcades is open for business from Monday through Sunday.
Get a rush of energy from the moving sight of the Danube at sunset (or sunrise!), and then the Buda Hills towards the end of a run. The renewed running track on Margaret Island offers a chance to stay fit in one of Budapest’s most pleasant spots, and the running lane is now equipped with a rubberized, joint-friendly surface that compiles with international regulations – just dust off your running gear, pocket your public-transport pass, hop on tram 4 or 6, hop off at Margaret Island, warm-up, and head out for a jog.
After a recent renovation, Budapest’s most cherished day-trip destination now welcomes everyone to escape the hustle and bustle. The main walking path of Normafa that leads to János Hill is freshly paved, and the trails are marked with easy-to-read maps, while new benches and trash cans make the surrounding area cleaner and more comfortable. The spacious playground is upgraded with fun equipment, natural colors, and lot of wood surfaces – and this natural escape will be further developed in upcoming years.
The renewed Nyugati Square, in front of its namesake Nyugati Railway Station, now boasts a cleaner and sleeker layout with plenty of seating, which may inspire passersby to hang out in this previously neglected city-center spot during warmer months. Sophisticated limestone and granite pavings characterize the fresh look of this inner-city hangout, while some of the old furnishings, like the rotating clock and the fountain, are back, in better shape making this a welcoming, spacious, and elegant urban plaza.
Both experts and sportsmen were involved in the creation of Óbuda’s new skate park near Szentlélek Square, which serves as an ideal spot for amateurs and pros alike. Since the opening of the thrasher playground, this fresh gathering space continually becomes more and more popular, and skaters are happy to have a place where they can practice in peace. The skate park has rails, launches, kickers, and many other ramps and obstacles, and best of all, the entrance is free.
Twitters and laughter of a cheerful crowd fill the space of Sirály Promenade near MOM Park during the summer months, after this public Buda hangout came alive with a thorough renovation. On warm summer evenings, acoustic concerts and outdoor cinema screenings are held here amid colorful chairs and a play mat for kids, adding to the appeal of the promenade for families during the daytime and evening. Anyone planning to go to MOM Park for a movie or some shopping should certainly take a stroll here.
A stone’s throw away from bustling Deák Square in downtown Budapest, Szervita Square now shines with its old glory, after the formerly neglected parking lot was turned into a pleasant miniature parkland amid astonishing Art Nouveau scenes, where the ten-meter-tall limestone Immaculata Column – also known as the Mária Column – has been the focal point of the plaza since 1942. As renovation projects all over downtown are being completed, the heart of Budapest is slowly becoming fully transformed.