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November 6th, 2019

Developing Budapest - The Latest Developments of the Liget Project have been Released

The latest developments of the Liget Budapest Project have been completed. The Playground and Millennium House has opened their doors to visitors.

The Városliget (City Park) is one of the first public parks in the world, which carries a unique history. This area is visited by millions of people every year, as the Zoo, the ice rink and the Széchenyi Bath are all located here. The Liget Budapest Project renews the park, considering the one and a half century heritage of the park. It is now Europe's largest urban development project with prestigious international awards with cultural content. By 2023, the park is planned to be greener, more modern and attractive, regaining its former dignity.

Many buildings are being constructed within the Liget Project. The National Museum Restoration and Storage Center is located on the site of the abandoned hospital on Szabolcs Street. Construction of the iconic building of the Ethnographic Museum started in 2017, and in September 2018, the construction of the House of Hungarian Music also began. The New National Gallery is being built according to the plans of the Pritzker Prize winning architectural firm SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates). The Hungarian House of Innovation will host Hungarian technical innovations and inventions. The expansion of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden is progressing well, and the most complex dog park in Budapest is already opened for pets. In addition, youth sports fields have been developed at the request of the surrounding schools.

Nagyjátszótér (Great Playground)

The most modern and sophisticated playground in Budapest was already full on the opening day in Városliget. Almost fifty special play items are fully utilized in the 13,000 square meter park. Animators will keep the kids entertained every day of the week, said László Baán, Liget Budapest Project's ministerial commissioner.

 "The opening of the Millennium House and the Playground is the first major milestone on the road to a family-friendly and child-friendly City Park," said Baán.

The newly opened playground is unique in Europe due to the nature, complexity and innovative equipment, said Benedek Gyorgyevics, CEO of Városliget Zrt., responsible for the implementation of the Liget Budapest Project.

To protect the children, the area is surrounded by one and a half meter fence, with five entrances to the playground. The play items have been selected to improve children's abilities over the ages.

Various slides, swings, sandboxes, various toys and climbing complexes, trampolines and a creek with sluices and water toys are waiting for the kids.

Some toys are specifically designed to allow disabled and healthy children to play together.

Within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project, seven new playgrounds will be built in the renewed park.

Millennium House

After several decades, the Millennium House, formerly known as Olof Palme House, reopened. It was once the most ornate building in the Park, which is now back in its original splendor. The minister is sure that there will be plenty of interest in the thousands of renovated Zsolnay pottery and the Rose Garden, which evokes the turn of the century, as well as the exhibition on the history of the City Park.

A total of 4,500 ceramics have been restored on the facade, with the work of many specialists. During the demolition work, the joints were dismantled and huge glass surfaces were created over the wing of the building so that natural light also illuminates the interiors. The main entrance of the building has been returned to its original location on the Hermina side. A unique rose garden awaits visitors, each with a variety of colors and patterns, evoking the golden atmosphere of Budapest.

In the central part of the garden is a Zsolnay fountain with flower beds. A place for great conversation and a pleasant walk.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is a scaled copy of Archangel Gabriel statue from Heroes’ Square.




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