What you'll do
Between the Buda Castle and the river Danube lies the area called Víziváros ("Water-town"). Although this neighbourhood was severely impacted by historical events, and often destroyed, it has a special "genius loci", an atmosphere that leads architects to perform at their best. An unusual concentration of very high quality contemporary buildings were built in the district in recent years, drawing inspiration from its thousand-year history. We will take a walk in the area and see some of the best examples of contemporary Hungarian design in a unique world heritage context. A further enrichment to the site is the presence of 20th century Hungarian Modernism, which provides an opportunity for a full historical and architectural review of Víziváros.
I'm János, a local architect from Budapest. I am the curator and program manager of several different projects at the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre (KÉK), such as Budapest100 and Walking Tours. I regularly do guided tours for locals and tourists alike. I have always been passionate about Budapest, and find it very important to have a better understanding of our built environment. That is why I love walking and talking about my city! Since I am a local, "born and raised", I can provide a combination of personal and professional insights to the architecture of Budapest.
About the organisation
KÉK - Contemporary Architecture Centre
KÉK is an independent architectural cultural centre operated by young Hungarian architects, artists and civilians. The centre aims to open new perspectives in architectural and urban thinking in Hungary through its fresh, provoking and focused programs, relevant also in international context. KÉK regularly organizes city walks, inviting a wide audience to discover the city’s architectural secrets.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to KÉK - Contemporary Architecture Centre.
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Where you'll be
The tour will take place mostly outdoors, walking on small hidden streets in the less touristic part of Buda. As an architect and a local I can give a professional, but also a personal perspective on the district. We will visit Toldy High School and see its neo-gothic main building and contemporary sports hall, among other unique buildings that are hidden right next to the Castle area.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.
Naturally it's a good idea to come in comfortable shoes, and an umbrella if the weather is rainy. Bring your camera or sketch book as well!
Architecture of the Castle District
£18 / person
£18 / person