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Kecskemet

Country
Hungary
State
Kecskemet
City
Kecskemet
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

From Budapest's Ferihegy Airport, Kecskemet can be reached in 58 minutes by train from the recently opened Ferihegy train station near Terminal 1 (from Terminal 2, you can catch a bus (12 mins., 300 ft (ca. 1.20 € or 1.85 $USD) to the train station).The trains from Budapest usually stop at Ferihegy at twelve minutes past the hour and reach Kecskemet at ten minutes past the next hour.A ticket for this train is 1350 ft (ca. 5.30 € or 8.30 USD$).

By Train

Direct service from Budapest leaves from Budapest Nyugati station hourly, always ten before the hour. Prices currently are 1460 ft (5.75 € or 9 USD $) one way and a reservation can be purchased for an additional 520 ft (2.05 € or 3.20 USD$).The entire journey takes an hour and twenty minutes.Trains also leave from Szeged every hour, always on 42 minutes past the hour.The trip is an hour and four minutes and costs 1350 ft (5.30 € or 8.30 USD$).

By Bus

Direct service leaves from Budapest's Nepliget bus station.Travel time varies between an hour and twenty minutes and two hours.

Key places to visit
Ornamental Palace, Kecskemet Gallery, Kecskemet City Hall, Jozsef Katona Theatre, Hungarian Museum of Photography


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Places to Visit

Ornamental Palace

On the East side of Szabadsag square.One of the finest examples of Hungarian secessionist architecture, the building was completed in 1902 based on the designs of Hungarian architect Geza Markus.Formerly an apartment building, it now houses the Kecskemet Gallery.

Kecskemet Gallery

Housed in the magnificent Cifra Palota the gallery hosts a history of the city (though with no explanations in English) and several modern paintings from Hungarian masters.Also of note is one exhibition room that is decorated similar to the exterior of the palace.

Kecskemet City Hall

Is the house of the main administration of the city of Kecskemet, Bacs-Kiskun County, Hungary.It was built in 1893.The building itself is more of a mixture between renaissance and baroque styles, for which it has been criticized by National Romanticists like Karoly Kos.Bertalan Szekely, who also decorated the interior of the Matthias Church in Budapest, painted gilded murals on the interior of the Grand Hall.The building was designed by Odon Lechner and Gyula Partos.The decoration of the building, which consists of Zsolnay tile patterns inspired by old Magyar and Turkic folk art, was the start of the National Romanticism movement, which culminated in the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest.

Jozsef Katona Theatre

The building decorated with Baroque-style motifs was designed by Ferdinand Fellner and Arpad Helmer.Construction began in 1896.The 900 seat theatre was completed in 16 months.Beloved actress Mari Jaszai opened the theatre with her guest performance on 16th October 1896.The famous drama by Jozsef Katona, Ban Bank, was first performed in Kecskemet on 14th October 1847 by Ede Gots' theatre company.Hungary's greatest national drama has been performed over 200 times in the city since then.

Hungarian Museum of Photography

It collects, restores, expertly assembles and exhibits the above materials.In addition it publishes books, adding to Hungarian professional literature by four or five monographs.It assists scientific researchers, it is a practical arena for college students, aids other museums, collections, private collectors seeking its assistance with its accumulated wisdom.It also does basic research and creates databases.Annually it organizes 8-10 exhibitions at the museum and an equal number at other locations, abroad.It is presently working on making its entire collection and services available on the Internet as well.

Right Time to Visit

January - May
September - December

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