The Castle Bazaar and Baroque gardens are likely to be one of the iconic sights of the capital city Budapest. The Neo-renessaince building complex was designed by Miklós Ybl, and it was built between 1875 and 1883. The building complex, which was built to please Elisabeth, Queen of Hungary, is a high priority monument and has been a registered World Heritage Site since 1987. It has a magnificent flower garden with fountains, grottoes, and guard houses. In the communist era the former Youth Park used to operate on the site between 1961 and 1984, but after this period, the area became neglected and was later marked for demolition.
The Castle Bazaar started deteriorating at the beginning of the last century and it was severely damaged during the Second World War, by 1996 it was already listed as one of the hundred most endangered national monuments of the world.
Now, after recent renovations, this series of promenades houses a new cultural space with exhibition areas, a Neo-Renaissance – Baroque flower garden, a park, and catering facilities. Exhibits are housed in two buildings here, including the recently opened exhibition titled “World Heritage – Hungarian Heritage: Hungaricons”. Next to the multifunctional event space inside the mountain, we find the temporary location of part of the gigantic, 1:500-ratio scale model of Budapest , which we could examine for hours. In addition, an escalator helps to connect it to Budapest’s Royal Palace grounds. The promenades and terraces of Castle Bazaar and Gardens offer an pairless panoramic view of Budapest.