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1) Bath Gellért– aula
The Bath Gellért, located in a picturesque region at the foot of the Gellért Hills, on the bank of the Danube, is a preserved gemstone of construction art. It has a unique historical atmosphere and an inimitable ambiance due to its natural thermal waters. 300 places.
2) Opera House
Budapest is proud of possessing one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. The neo-Renaissance building is the jewel of the famous avenue Andrássy, the Champs-Ellysée of Budapest. Eminent Hungarian painters decorated the starcase and the auditorium of the palace with frescos. A gala party for up to 1,000 guests can be arranged in the magnificent building. A prestige gala dinner on the revolving stage of the Opera House, furnished with tables for the occasion, followed by a Gala Performance is also an option.
3) Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts, completed in 1906, was designed in Neoclassical style with Italian-Renaissance influences. Above the wide flight of stairs, this monumental building has an eight-pillared Corinthian portico, supporting a tympanum. Various historical styles characterize the interior halls, here too unforgettable evenings amidst the artworks can easily be arranged for max. 750 guests.
4) Museum of Applied Arts
Traditional Hungarian folk motives are mixed with other Secessionist and oriental decorative elements in this outstanding building, creating an architectural style that is both modern and distinctively Hungarian at the same time (Hungarian Art Nouveau). Ceramic tiles featuring Hungarian folk motives decorate building facades and similar ornamentation adorn main inner walls. After a cocktail party for up to 650 guests held in the foyer reception or an extremely elegant ceremonial gala dinner for up to 360 guests can be easily arranged in the magnificent Great Hall of the Museum.
5) Museum of Ethnography
This is a true architecture masterpiece in the heart of Budapest, standing opposite the Parliament building. Behind the Classical facade of the museum, erected between 1893 and 1896, there is a magnificent neo-Renaissance interior. It is one of the most beautiful settings in Budapest for protocol events and gala gatherings, even fit for the movie screen. Parties for up to 700 guests or princely, seated gala dinners for up to 350 persons can be arranged in the Great Hall of the Museum. Elegant and exclusive events for up to 80 participants can be planned in the more intimate, upstairs Assembly Hall.
6) Kiscelli Church
The section of the Kiscelli Castle building cluster was constructed in 1702. It consists of a large Baroque style vicarage and the Church Hall. Nowadays the Church Hall serves as a location for exhibitions and other programs. Only the original walls are standing and the raw brick parapets create an outstanding atmosphere. Exclusive and elegant gala dinners for up to 250 persons can be organized at this very special venue.
7) Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Congress Hall (Országház Street)
This intimate and elegant neoclassical building in the Castle district often hosts conferences, concerts and galas. Dinner for 120 people.
8) Hungarian National Gallery
The former Royal Palace - or Buda Castle as it is known - is situated on the southern part of Castle Hill. Its soaring central dome dominates the Buda skyline as when viewed from the city-centre Pest embankment. Today it houses the National Library and a complex of museums. Due to its favorably large dimensions, it is the most elegant setting for parties for up to 2,000 participants and for prestigious gala dinners for up to 800 guests.
9) Vajdahunyad Castle
This venue lies in the picturesque surroundings of the City Park. The aim of the castle was to give the visitor an insight into Hungary's architectural past. Each section of the building is different, featuring a small-scale reproduction of various buildings in the country, representing different historical and architectural styles. Today Vajdahunyad Castle is the home of the Hungarian Agricultural Museum. A buffet party for up to 1000 guests or an exclusive gala dinner for up to 230 guests can be arranged in the magnificent assembly hall of the Baroque nave after a pleasant aperitif served - weather permitting - in the Castle Garden, around the statue of Anonymous.
10) Szabó Ervin Municipal Library
The building was designed in a neo-Baroque style for the Wenckheim family and built between 1886 and 1891. In the 1920s, the city fathers realized that there was a great demand for a library to serve the general public and the palace was transformed. The building was enlarged and reconstructed from 1997-2001 and re-opened to the public in late 2001. It has much to offer for event organisers. Maximum 150 guests in the biggest hall.
11) Stefánia Palace
The eclectic styled building is situated in the middle of the diplomat quarter in the neighborhood of the City Park. It is traditionally a scene of gala programs and reunions. The two floors are suitable for accepting all together 500-600 persons. The different situated rooms can be entered from several entrances. Elegant cocktail parties are held by the fountain of the front garden in nice weather. The central hall of the first floor is suited for 180 persons, the two side halls accept 60 persons each. The capacity of the centre hall is 140 persons, and 60-60 people can be seated in the side rooms on the ground floor.
12) Restaurant Gundel - Erzsébet and Andrássy rooms
The Queen Elisabeth Ballroom, decorated in Rococo style, with gilded stucco work and elegant white walls bears the name of Sissi, the late wife of Franz Joseph, whose features have been masterfully captured by István Mácsai. The room can be reached by elevator or taking the grand marble staircase. The room's large windows on one side look over a leafy promenade and City Park in the background, while the other side gives onto the terrace rising above the gardens. The Queen Elisabeth Ballroom is equally suitable for holding gala dinners, weddings, diplomatic banquets, grand luncheon and dinner parties, as well as press conferences, fashion shows and scores of other events. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, the room is perfect for housing conferences, symposia, business meetings, exhibitions or business breakfasts, balls, artistic performances or stage shows. The Andrássy Room adjoins the Queen Elisabeth Ballroom, recalling the Belle Époque of old Budapest. The room has been decorated in the luxurious style of Count Gyula Andrássy with the rich drapery and tassels characteristic for this period. The room is suitable for any social or private function.
13) Gödöll? Castle
The Royal Palace of Gödöll? is one of the largest Baroque Palaces in Hungary. It is unparalleled for its colorful historical past, and renowned for its style-setting architectural value. Empress Elisabeth, the much-admired, beautiful Sissi, who was famous for her modern thinking, spent 2000 nights here, more than in Schönbrunn. The Palace regained its past splendor in 1996. The surrounding park has been undergoing a gradual renovation and, on the completion of the front gardens, the 26-hectare ancient park is beginning to regain its past beauty. The castle offers a royal site for all kind of events.
14) MEO Contemporary Art Collection
The gallery is housed in two three-storey buildings which were originally part of a nineteenth-century tannery. The buildings have been carefully renovated and restored to provide an exhibition space of massive 2,600 square meters. In addition, a two-storey reception building was constructed, which takes the contrasting form of a minimalist white box covered with playful multi-colored lights, designed to shine through plastic cladding at night. It's a Pop-Art soapbox that will make the gallery stand out among the dour socialist flats and run-down factories of New Pest.
15) Buda Castle Labyrinths
Almost every house in the Castle district has caves several storey deep running down into the hill. These cellars were connected into a several-kilometer-long corridor system in the Middle Ages and served a useful purpose in times of war. Defenders of the area used the casemate system to speedily relocate troops to more threatened points of the district, suggesting far greater numbers to the enemy than they actually were and thus the area could be defended with limited troops. One section of the cave system was turned into an underground museum what is known as the Labyrinth of the Buda Castle. Middle Age atmosphere guaranteed!
16) Grand Market Hall
The largest and richest indoor market in Budapest was built at the end of the 19th century, when open market facilities were no longer able to satisfy the needs of a growing city. The construction of five market halls was thus started and the Grand Market Hall was the most attractive and interesting shopping site. Its neo-Gothic architecture links the building to a forgotten epoch, but its state-of-the-art steel structure and logical interior furnishing show early signs of modern functional architecture. It is still a very busy and vivid market, definitely worth a visit if you wish to get a glimpse of the everyday life of ordinary Hungarians. Foreign diplomatic delegations often get shown round here. Since being restored to its original glory in 1994, it is also used for evening programs, dinners and galas, often completed with a folklore show.
17) Hungarian Railway's History Park (Füsti)
The Hungarian Railway History Park exhibits more than 100 railway vehicles on about 70.000 square meters, at the former Northern Towing Establishment. This establishment was opened in 1913, and was the biggest towing establishment of the time. After serious works the first interactive railway park in Europe was opened in 2000. The renovation of the other parts in the former establishment is an ongoing procedure ever since. It was an important purpose of the founders not only to operate the park as an exhibition but to show appliances that can be tried out as well. The great variety of the exhibited materials offers an unforgettable decoration for all kind of events.
18) Europa boat
The recent refurbishment of this boat built in the middle of the last century has retained the original exterior, but has resulted in an interior that fully meets today’s expectations both in design and technology. The imposing 661 m2 hall on the main deck and two halls (122 and 139 m2 respectively) on the upper deck have a capacity for same 1,000 guests and in addition to this there is a 320 m2 covered promenade deck. The 320 m2 open panorama deck offers a 360 degrees view of the fascinating Danube landscape.
19) Budapest boat
The youngest and also biggest boat of the Mahart company contains all sound and visual technology (computers, professional projector, fax, telephone, and, if required, the most up-to-date interpretation service, etc.), which are required for professional conferences and meetings. In the case of functions without seats, the global capacity of the ship reaches even 550 persons. The capacity of the lower deck is 185 persons. The upper deck has a terrace and can be divided into three sections. The capacity of the indoor section is 175 persons, and the covered terrace containing heating facilities can hold 50 people. On the open terrace, which can only be used in the summer, additional 70 people can be seated comfortably.
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Designed by Australian architect Frank Macchia, this modern home has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and tons of unique style. In lieu of the strict linear geometry used to design most modern homes, Australian architect Frank Macchia chose to combine curved elements with rectangular volumes to create the Blairgowire Court Residence in Melbourne. Once inside the home, curves manifest themselves more subtly. The curved walls visible from the exterior occasionally protrude into living spaces, while an organically shaped soaking tub pierces a wall in the master bathroom.
This unique house is located in Switzerland.
It is an earth house, an architectural style characterized by the use of natural terrain to help form the walls of a house.
An earth house is usually set partially into the ground and covered
with thin growth, and is often intended to have a small ecological footprint.
This pretty amazing house is called a rondavel, a traditional African-style house. They are usually round in shape and traditionally made with materials
that can be locally obtained in raw form.
The rondavel's walls are often constructed from stones.
The mortar may consist of sand, soil,
or some combinations of these mixed with dung.
The floor is finished with a processed dung mixture to make it smooth.
The roof braces of a rondavel are made out of tree limbs,
which have been harvested and cut to length.
The roof itself is made out of thatch that is sewn
to the wooden braces with rope made out of grass.
One distinct house is the Shell house.
It is the most original house
in Mexico or maybe in the world.
It is one of the most beautiful houses
you will surely enjoy.
It is located in Isla Mujeres northeast
of Yucatan peninsula
in the Caribbean Sea.
Rumah gadang which means "big house",
are the traditional homes of the Minangkabau in Indonesia.
The architecture, construction, internal and external decoration,
and the functions of the house reflect the culture and values of the Minangkabau.
A rumah gadang serves as a residence, a hall for family meetings,
and for ceremonial activities.
With the Minangkabau society being matrilineal,
the rumah gadang is owned by the women of the family
who live there - ownership is passed
from mother to daughter.
The peculiar hut of a Toda Tribe of Nilgiris,
India is noted for the decoration of the front wall,
and the very small door.
The Toda people are a small pastoral community
who live on the isolated Nilgiri plateau of Southern India.
Prior to the late eighteenth century,
the Toda coexisted locally with other communities,
including the Badaga, Kota, and Kurumba,
in a loose caste-like community organization in
which the Toda were the top ranking.
Korowai Tree House
This bizarre house is home to the bizarre tribe called
the Korowai or also called the Kolufo.
They are a people of southeastern Papua
(i.e., the southeastern part of the western part of New Guinea).
Until the 1970s, they were unaware of the existence of any people besides themselves
and some immediately neighboring villages.
Only a few of them have become literate thus far.
They are one of the few surviving peoples in the world
that are thought to possibly still engage in cannibalism.
Others dispute this, saying that these practices ended decades ago and
that there have been no reported instances of cannibalism in over twenty
Trulli houses, distinguished by conical store roof,
are traditional in the southeastern region Apulia, Italy.
A palloza is a traditional thatched house as found in the in Galicia, Spain.
They are circular or oval, and about ten ortwenty meters in diameter.
These houses are built to withstand severe winter weather
at a typical altitude of 1,200 meters.
The main structure is stone, and is divided internally into separate areas
for the family and their animals, with separate entrances.
The roof is conical, made from rye straw on a wooden frame.
There is no chimney, the smoke from the kitchen fire seeps out through the thatch.
Earth sheltering is the architectural practice of using earth against building walls
for external thermal mass, to reduce heat loss,
and to easily maintain a steady indoor air temperature.
Earth sheltering is popular in modern times among advocates of passive solar
and sustainable architecture, but has been around for nearly
as long as humans have been constructing their own shelter.
The picture above is Earth covered farm houses located in Keldur, Iceland.
is an artificial island, usually originally built in lakes, rivers and estuarine waters,
and most often used as an island settlement
or dwelling place in prehistoric or medieval times.
The name itself may refer to a wooden platform erected on shallow floors,
but few remains of this sort have been found.
Mardin Stone Houses Turkey
This Arab-style architecture is located in Mardin, a city in southeastern Turkey.
It is commonly recognized for its Arab-style architecture,
and it also has a strategic position on a rocky mountain overlooking
the plains of northern Syria.
Beehive Mud Houses: Harran, Turkey
These traditional mud houses are located in Harran. The interesting thing about them is
that they were constructed entirely without the use of wood.
The design of these mud houses is believed to have stayed the same
for at least 3,000 years, until about the 1980s,
when they officially stopped being used as living space.
Toraja People House: Sulawesi, Indonesia These distinctive wooden houses
have curved roofs with tall gable ends that make them look likes boats.
The houses are built on stilts and are entered by curved steps
and beautifully decorated doorways.
They are the homes of the Toraja peoples, who live in central Sulawesi
House of Marsh Arabs: Iraq
The Houses of the Marsh Arabs are built from reeds.
They are often constructed on floating platforms woven
from tips of reeds still growing up out of the swamp.
The people travel around by canoe.
The Marsh Arabs' lifestyle is threatened
by drainage projects that are taking water
from swamps, causing them to dry up.
Log Cabin House: USA
The log cabin house is among the first house designs of early America.
It is sturdy and easy to construct,
and can be built by hand to provide shelter in a very short period of time.