The modern building along the Pest side quay forms a whale and can be spotted easily from a distance. It is situated between Liberty and Petőfi bridge and it is easily accessible by underground, tram, bike or on foot.
The area was the harbour of the central market, where goods were loaded and stored. Once a vivid commercial centre but empty and run-down for a long time. Then the idea of restoring the shabby buildings and converting the area to a cultural and commercial centre, with restaurants, cafés and social areas came up. Unfortunately for a few years legal procedures and management problems delayed the opening but finally in November 2013 the building opened the gates to the public. Budapest received a new meeting point and architecture lovers a new landmark building in the capital.
The Dutch architect Kas Oosterhuis planned the current building. He connected two of the former storage buildings by a glass atrium. On three levels shops and gastro units await the visitors. The cover is a glass and iron structure that uniquely forms a whale shape from outside. Inside the brick walls are beautifully renovated. By usings pecial architectural solutions the architects created a bright and spacious inner space. There are beautiful views on the Danube and Buda side from many points of the building.
Bálna Budapest is a meeting point, a cultural centre where you can spend your free time casually. Many cafés and restaurants await the guests; the most popular are the sunny terraces along the river. There are also meeting and conference rooms available. It houses all kind of events from antique market to beer festival. In the basement, in the so called market area – unique souvenirs shops, vintage home decor or interior designer studios offer their products. On the upper floors small galleries, ticket shop await visitors.
Since many hotel ships moor nearby Bálna Budapest is also a gateway for tourists arriving by boat. In the parking lot coaches are welcome too; therefore many visitors start their Budapest visit here.
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