The renovation of the Royal Riding Hall, the Csikós Gardens, and the Stöckl Stairs in Buda Castle have been finished before the deadline, and they will be open to the public from this weekend. As a result, the Csikós Gardens will be a venue of the Budapest Wine Festival, which will be held between 23rd and 26th September.
You will be able to visit the gardens this Saturday and Sunday for the first time as part of the Cultural Heritage Days. Gergely Gulyás, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that the reconstruction of the Royal Riding Hall and its environment demonstrates that representatives of the Hungarian fine and applied arts can restore monuments destroyed during WWII and the decades of Communism. He praised that the project was finished before the expected deadline, hellomagyar.hu reported.
Gergely Fodor, the commissioner for Government Investments in the Buda Castle District, said that the original Royal Riding Hall was designed by Alajos Hauszmann and built by the best craftsmen of the time. Therefore,
the building became a jewel of the Buda Castle after its completion in 1902.
German and Soviet troops destroyed what remained after the attacks of the British and American air force in WWII. The government could have saved the building, but the Communist regime decided to demolish it.
Fodor added that they tried to follow the plans drawn at the previous century’s turn so that the building is authentic. Inside, the building has the most modern technical equipment. Furthermore, it is
one of the most elegant venues in Budapest for any event.
As part of the project, they reorganised the area around the building. But that part will only be finished by spring 2022, with the completion of the Karakas Pasha Tower, Mr Fodor added.
He also highlighted that they paid attention to the accessibility of disabled people. There are high capacity elevators transporting visitors to the Csikós gardens.
The renovation of the buildings in Buda Castle is not yet finished.
Based on the plans, they will rebuild the palace of Archduke Joseph and the former Red Cross headquarters, too. Furthermore, next week, the reconstruction of the building of the General Headquarters of the Honvéd will begin. In November, that will be followed by the excavation of the Palace’s A building before renovation.