Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Budapest Keleti Pályaudvar

Motives on the gates 1

The surrounding houses

The Eastern Railway Station

Motives on the gates 2

Budapest Keleti Pályaudvar is the main international and inter-city railway terminal in Budapest, Hungary. The station is named after the Eastern-direction (Keleti in Hungarian), because trains towards Transylvania and the Balkans go from here as well. It was built between 1881 and 1884 in an eclectic style, and one of the most modern railway stations of Europe that time.

The gates have been renovated recently. I find the motives really beautiful. Could not find any information about them during my quick search now, but I assume that they are partly Hungarian folk art motives.
Since the newest metro line, the M4, also have a stop here, the square in front of Keleti was rebuilt in a modern, minimalist style which fits the design of the M4 metro stops. An other big advantage of the construction was that the new square also serves as a free WiFi hotspot.

I took the photos before a storm, and the surrounding buildings looked really nice with the contrast of the dark blue sky behind them.

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