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Kelenföldi Erőmű

Budapest, 1117 Hungary
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Budapest's Art Deco Power Station Budapest  Hungary

Budapest's Art Deco Power Station

Among the towering chimneys and red-brick construction work, the numbers pasted in big bright blue on the site of the power station spell out 1914. The Kelenföld Power Station in the XI District in Buda celebrates its 100th birthday.

Once the most advanced power station in Europe at the dawn of the electricity, the power station is now left semi-abandoned and disused state. However, the dirty windows against the flaking walls, the hum of the curving pipes give the station a unique industrial beauty. Old dials marked up in Hungarian look like something out of a steampunk fantasy and the large exhibition room showcases turbines, vintage signs and computers that were considered state of the art in 2000.

However, the control room is the crowning glory, with its celestial glass ceiling and apple green controls. If it looks like something out of a filmset that's because it's often scouted as a unique location. It was just used as Dracula's steampunk laboratory in NBC's Dracula.

The power station is privately owned, and there are occasional tours running in Hungarian. You have to dress up in a hard hard and luminous yellow vest, but the trip back into the glory of 1914's industrial and electrical age is one of Budapest's more unique experiences.