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Budapest 100, Celebration of 100-Year Old Buildings
April 22 - April 23
Date: 22 – 23. April, 2017.
An open weekend for Budapest buildings that celebrate their 100th birthday in 2017.
The Budapest 100 is one my favourite programs and I wish it would last more than just two days.
This year you can pop again in some very unique buildings. Houses on the Danube river front will be in the focus over the 2 days.
You can explore the many cultural and historic monuments located along the more than 4 km long ring road (actually it’s only a semicircle).
It is impossible to go to all the walks, exhibitions, workshops and other happenings even if I try to select the most interesting/easily accessible ones.
In 2012 the list of buildings was based on local people’s reporting: 260 houses turned 100-year old in Budapest.
60 buildings (residential buildings, institutions) welcome visitors this year.
Former bank buildings, shops, schools, both in neglected and renovated state can be visited on a free guided tour during the two-day event on 18. and 19. April, Saturday and Sunday.
The event has a varied program (guided walk tours, exhibitions, movie screenings, workshops, picnic, wine tasting, children activities etc.), not exclusively for architecture buffs but everyone who loves to look into the history of buildings that we see or pass by every day.
Here is a selection – though most programs are in Hungarian (except for some guided walks in English) – I don’t think you wouldn’t enjoy them:
Entry is free to the buildings participating this year as well as to the programs, events.
Registration is required (open from 13. April) though in most cases at the e-mail address provided next to the program name on the organiser’s website.
Some of the Programs
Photo Exhibition Along the Danube, from 22. April
Batthyány tér, Belgrád rakpart, Bem rakpart, Clark Ádám tér, Erzsébet-híd, Buda side (Döbrentei sétány), Gellért-hill, Szent Gellért stairway, Gellért-hill, Filozófusok kertje, Id. Antall József rakpart (VaLyo part), Jane Haining rakpart, Margit-sziget, Hajós Alfréd sétány, Pest side, Műegyetem rakpart, Nehru part, Pesti alsó rakpart, Petőfi-híd, Buda side (Egyetemisták parkja), Széchenyi István tér.
A Walk Beside the Danube – Guided Tour in English, 22 – 23. April
Date & Time: 22. Apr, Saturday: 14:00, 15:30, 17:00, 23. Apr Sunday: 14:00, 15:30, 17:00
Meeting: MOL Bubi station, Clark Adam tér, Buda
Former Coffee Houses of the Tabán – Asztalka Confectionery, 22 – 23. April
Date & Time: 22 – 23. Apr, 10.00 -19.00
Address: Döbrentei utca 15.
An exhibit about the historic cafes in the Tabán area with special treats and surprises by Asztalka.
The Bridgemaster’s Office, 22. April
Date & Time: 22 Apr, Saturday: 10.00 -12.00
Come and visit the bridgemaster’s office.
Meeting point: Clark Ádám Square at the “0” km-stone.
Budapest From the Worm’s Eye, 22 – 23. April
Date & Time:22 – 23. Apr, Saturday-Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00
The houses of Buda Watefront are transforming into a huge board game.
The team of Budapest From a Worm’s Eye (Budapest Alulnézetből) is leading visitors through the stories of six residents of the opening houses.
Come and find the hidden objects, and with some luck, win! Join the game at Batthyány tér 4.