Budapest, with its wonderfully varied architecture, is getting a revamped look of an important part of its history and culture. Buda Castle has been a staple of the landscape of Budapest for 750 years. But, starting in 2019 and continuing into well into this year, Buda Castle and the surrounding district of Budapest is getting a well-deserved upgrade. Dubbed The National Hauszmann Program, this restoration and improvement project has had a substantial impact on what the traveler will witness in an already vibrant destination.
The importance of Buda Castle to the national identity of Hungarians is a strong one. The Hauszmann Program was started as a way to tidy up public spaces, parks and castle gardens, as well as other buildings that are part of the caste district. One of these renovations is St. Stephen’s Hall, located within Buda Castle. Damaged severely in the Siege of Budapest in World War II, 1944-45, the hall has been reconstructed through decades of experts working to restore its former glory. The hall’s beauty shines once again with intricate design throughout its entirety, ready for the traveler to take in to a memorable moment.
One of the new developments in the Palace of Buda Castle is an exhibition that commemorates the architect Alajos Hauszmann, responsible for many architectural designs in Hungary. Located in Building A of the Palace of Buda Castle, which he directed being rebuilt in the early 20th century. This free exhibition details the life and times of one of Hungary’s most famous architects, while also showcasing the past, present, and future plans of the buildings he’d given Hungary in his lifetime—the very same ones that sit in the heart of Hungary’s identity.
Though, Aljos Huszmann was not the only notable architect to grace Budapest with their art. Miklós Ybl, the mind behind some of Hungary’s best known treasures, was a leading architect of Europe in the mid to late 19th-century. He was responsible for the such structures as the Castle Garden, with its pavilions and terraces, and the Hungarian State Opera House, a grand theater inside and out. Miklós’ work was honored with a castle wall erected on the western expansion of the Royal Palace in the late 19th-century. The wall was recently cleaned and repaired, restoring its vibrance, as well as the delicately carved national coat of arms and the Holy Crown of Hungary adorning it.
Restoring the look of Hungary’s cultural treasures is, at this moment, still in progress. The National Hauszmann Program has a goal in mind; this goal is to not only present a proud nation to the traveler but also give a renewed vigor to Hungarian culture. With many parts of the project already finished, Hungary has been preparing for the return of travel—for the traveler. And WOW Hungary (or Hungarian Tourism Agency?) has all the details ready for a trip through modern and historical Hungary, including the ever beautiful Budapest, wine regions such as Tokaj, and the relaxing shores of Lake Balaton.
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