Wekerle estate
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Budapest's Hidden Garden City
A short walking distance from the industrial wasteland surrounding the Határ utca metro station, the streets open up into a web of leafy avenues converging at Károly Kós Square. The angled rooftops, turrets and wooden gables conjure up the illusion of being in a Transylvanian village, even though the crowds of Budapest's downtown are only 30 minutes away on public transport. On a Sunday the Wekerle Estate wakes up to the sound of children laughing in the playground in the center of the estate, as old people wander between benches and people walk their dogs. The estate grew up in the suburbs in the early 20th century, following hot on the heels of the Garden City movement sweeping Europe. It was not only a pleasant place to live, but one with a manifesto embracing social initiative. Today, it's a residential area and a peaceful haven in the outskirts of the city. With remarkable buildings combining Transylvanian style with Hungarian Seccessionism, it's a true hidden treasure within Budapest's city limits.
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