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750-year-old Buda Castle to be renovated under National Hauszmann Program

The program aims to build up Hungary’s cultural heritage and national identity for all Hungarians to enjoy

The 750-year-old Buda Castle is an important cultural heritage site in Hungary and all of Europe. Both the castle city and the palace in Budapest have had a long history of being built up and subsequently destroyed. They have survived Turkish occupation, as well as destruction in WWII. Now, from 2019 to 2021, a series of renovation projects will target roads, public spaces, parks, the castle walls, and its gardens. 

Matthias Fountain and the Fisherman’s Fountain will also be restored; the latter was first built in 1900. St. George’s Square is already car-free, with landscaping in progress. An underground parking structure will also reduce the number of cars, with two large elevators that will easily transport visitors up to the top of the castle’s environs. Renovations for the King’s staircase and the Ellyps promenade are to take place soon as well. 

Various other projects already completed under the National Hauszmann Program include Buzogány tower, and the almost-completed Riding Hall and the Main Guard building will be ready for visitors next year. 

The Hauszmann program’s main goal was to strengthen Hungary’s national identity by giving the palace and castle district back to the Hungarian people. Thus these renovations aim to create not just a space for tourists but a “home away from home” for all Hungarians. 

Important buildings to be rebuilt include the Honvéd High Command (1897), former Ministry of Foreign Affairs building (designed by Alajos Hauszmann), and the Archduke Joseph’s Palace (Teleki Palace). Many structures, including these gems, sustained damage in the wake of WWII that could have been repaired, but they were instead destroyed. The National Hauszmann Program now aims to rebuild these edifices, as well as Hungary’s heritage.

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