The Hortbágy National Park, Hungary’s UNESCO World Heritage site will be renewed. The national park’s management and the municipality of Hortobágy proposed a tender named “Hortobágy – Our World Heritage the Heath”. The goal is to develop the central part of the heritage site, providing a better experience for visitors.
The Hortobágy National Park is a true Hungarian experience. Whenever you think of Hungary, you probably conjure up images of horses, gray cattle, crane wells and wide lush meadows. Now it is time for Hortobágy to get a revamp, and thus, provide an even more memorable experience. The proposal’s deadline is in October, so they are still waiting for the offers.
However, we have insight into what is being planned thanks to magyarepitok.hu. The development plan includes the restoration of the Szekérállás building. The Körszín building will be reconstructed and turned into an information point. Lastly, a comprehensive public utility upgrade can be expected.
The building is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage attribute and it is also under monument protection. While trying to reconstruct the original form of the roof and openings, they will be preserving the structure of the roof and the walls of the building. Inside, a complete modernisation is to be expected both from a utility and architectural perspective. An independent space will be made inside the building accommodating all the functions necessary to keep the building running, while the machinery will be located on the floor above.
During the transformation of the building into a Touristic Information Point, it will be completely demolished. Following that, based on the needs of the new facility, it will be rebuilt in the same form. Essentially, from the outside, it will look the same, but from the inside, it will be modernised and reorganised. The new building will have 125 m² of public space and another 16 m² area inside. The surroundings will also change as new perennial plants and ornamental grass will be planted in the framework of complete landscaping. The water supply will be rethought and rainwater will be led back to the river.
The visitor centre, new roads and parking
Although the visitor centre had been expanded and transformed in 2020, there is still some complementary work left to do. This will not be anything noticeable as most of the work had already been done. These additional upgrades will help to modernise the technical side of the building.
New parking spaces will be created along with a road leading to the local market square. This initiative also aims to finish all the necessary landscaping work to create a better environment. The whole project will affect an area of 11,600 m² to make the national park a modern and vibrant place to visit.
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