Kecskemet Travel Guide

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    Kecskemet
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    Kecskemet
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Kecskemet Things to Do

  • FOUNTAINS IN THE MAIN SQUARE

    FROG & TURTLE FOUNTAIN.As the name suggests, this fountain is about Frogs and Turtles, only the Frogs are sculptures and the Turtles are real live ones! The fountain has sculptures of Bullfrogs sitting on the edge of the fountain, busily spurting water into the centre. This fountain is the meeting place for the locals of Kecskemét. Quite often...

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  • PSALMUS HUNGARICUS MEMORIAL

    Psalmus Hungaricus memorial commemorates Michael Vegh Kecskemet, who in 1561 made a psalm translation.Psalmus Hungaricus, was composed by Zoltán Kodály in 1923. The Psalmus was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unification of Buda and Pest, and Óbuda for a gala performance on 19 November 1923.This beautiful Memorial is made from...

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  • KECSKEMET'S MAIN SQUARE

    One of the things I really liked about Kecskemet, was the amount of green area in the city centre. This area is known as Main Square and was first created in 1894. Between 1910 and 1914, some architecturally beautiful buildings were built around the square. Interesting is, this is not just one square, but made up from seven, all interlinking with...

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  • HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION

    A very plain looking memorial in main square is in memory of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. So what happened for this memorial to be built?After the end of WWII, the Soviet Union was in control of Hungary, meaning that communisim was in force, something Hungarians weren't pleased with.The revolution started as a student demonstration. The...

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  • THE BIG CATHOLIC CHURCH - EXTERIOR

    A very plain name for a Church/Cathedral! It has this name because it's the largest late Baroque styled Cathedral on the Hungarian Great Plains. Actually, it does have another name - Ascension of Christ the KingThe Big Catholic Church was built between 1774-1806. At 74 metres high, the Tower is the tallest structure in Kecskemet. It's open to the...

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  • THE BIG CATHOLIC CHURCH - INTERIOR

    I was able to visit the interior and see the frescoed ceilings and frescoes in the domes, the beautiful arches, Altars, Pulpit, Organ and many more beautiful pieces inside this Cathedral. The Church has six beautiful side altars and a pulpit from 1790, which is the pedestal fruit bouquet. The Main altarpiece depicts Christ's ascension. In the dome...

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  • WAR RELIEFS ON THE BIG CATHOLIC CHURCH

    On the façade of the Big Catholic Church are several reliefs. Photo1 is in memory of heroes lost during World War I and II.Photo 2 is a marble relief "The Imperial & Royal" William Hussar Regiment from 1914 to 1918 in memory of the heroic dead. It shows a battle scene of a dying Soldier, another Soldier blowing a horn and a horse in the background....

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  • THE CRAFTSMAN HOME

    I just love the Art Nouveau homes with their patterned tiled roofs.The Craftsman Home that belonged to Marcell Komor and Dezso Jakab was another I came across. Architects designed this Art Nouveau-style historic building in 1906. It had a dance hall which since has been converted to a home theater entrance foyer overlooking the square. I didn't go...

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  • SCHOLAE PIAE - PIARIST SCHOOL

    Scholae Piae was another impressive building I saw, and one I didn't have much of an idea about.It had crosses on the roof, so I thought it may have been a church.There is a story to the building, that began over 400 years ago, when young Spanish priest, "St. Joseph Calasanz" went to Rome and saw many poor children. He realized to do something...

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  • CALVINIST CHURCH

    Another Church in the main square is the early Baroque Calvinist Church, built in the 1680s in stone. It was the only stone church in the region during Turkish occupation.All I could view of this Church was the outside.TO VISITOpening hours: 01/09-10/06 Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 10/06-31/08 Wendesday: 8 - 1pmVISITS...

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  • THE NEW COLLEGE

    Opposite the Calvinist Church is the New College erected in 1912. It's a large Art Nouveau building decorated with beautiful Transylvanian motifs. If you look at my 1st photo, you can see the patterns on the tower and the roof.It is used as the Primary and Secondary Grammar School of the Calvinist College and is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Well worth...

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  • THE GRAND SYNAGOGUE

    If you happen to see the grand Synagogue in city of Kecskemet, you will realize a large population of Jews once lived here - I say "once," as not many do now. Most of the Jews were deported by the Nazi forces in 1944 to concentration camps where their lives came to a terrible end.The Synagogue was built in Moorish-Romantic style between 1861-1864....

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  • KECSKEMET CITY HALL

    The Kecskemét City Hall was built in 1893, at the start of the National Romanticism movement. It is decorated with Zsolnay tile patterns inspired by old Magyar and Turkish folk art, therefore, it is an important piece of Hungarian Art Nouveau.I thought this was a very attractive building with its detailed style, the windows, ornamentation on the...

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  • THE ORNAMENTAL PALACE

    The Ornamental Palace or Cifrapalota is a building that will grab your attention. It was built between 1902-1903 in Art nouveau style by a Hungarian architect. A wavy line and plenty of Art Nouveau ornamentation and Hungarian folk motifs set on a purple backing, made me stand and take a closer look!This building now houses theJózsef Katona Museum,...

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  • STATUE OF LAJOS KOSSUTH

    Statues of Lajos Kossuth (1806-1894) are quite common in Hungary.This man preached revolution against the Austrian Habsburgs in 1848, then fought a war with them in 1849. When he lost, he went into exile, becoming Hungary’s legendary nationalist hero. The statue depicts Kossuth while he is persuading the people in the country to fight for...

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  • VISIT THE CHURCH YARD OF ST. NICHOLAS

    Do take the time like I did, to make your way through beautiful rustic wrought iron gates that lead into a peaceful courtyard where there is the Lourdes Chapel with Madonna. I believe it is part of the original old Church. Around the walls are probably a hundred or more old headstones.Such a tranquil area to be in.Outside, and beside the wall at...

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  • CHURCH OF ST. NICHOLAS

    This Franciscan Church which stands opposite City Hall, is the oldest building in the city of Kecskemet. It was built in 14th century and is also known as the "Church of Friars." Originally it was built in Romanesque style, then during re-construction it was changed to Baroque style.It is interesting that it was used by both Catholics and...

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  • Kecskemét City Hall

    The Kecskemét City Hall is the house of the main administration of the city of Kecskemét. It was build in 1893. The building was designed by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos. The decoration of the building, which consists of Zsolnay tile patterns inspired by old Magyar and Turkic folk art, was the start of the National Romanticism movement, which...

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Kecskemet Restaurants

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    by balhannah Updated Mar 7, 2014

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    We were looking for some-where for lunch and had actually stopped at another Restaurant. Service was slow, prices high, so we walked out and came upon Jakó Cukrászda.

    Jakó Cukrászda was very busy with locals, inside and out - a good sign, so inside we went as all the outdoor seating was taken.
    A lovely waitress gave us each a Menu to peruse, the problem was, what to have as the choice was great and the prices very reasonable. I wasn't very hungry, so I settled for soup and an ice-cream. My husband had Schnitzel. Thank-goodness I didn't settle on a main meal, as when I saw the size of his meal, there was no way I could have eaten it all. His meal and my soup were yum!
    It was hard to choose an Ice-cream sundae, but I did, and I enjoyed it immensely!

    As we were at the end of lunch time, the majority of people coming in were buying ice-creams.
    When you see them, you will realize why!
    So many flavours, and they looked home-made.....

    Cakes made onsite and on display in the glass cabinet ..........They were to die for.......
    Check them out........ http://jakocukraszda.com/centrum/galeria/sutemenyek/
    AND
    Chocolates made by the Chocolatier......http://jakocukraszda.com/centrum/galeria/egyeb/

    mmm ....I wished we were staying here so I could try more!!

    EXCELLENT FOOD - EXCELLENT RESTAURANT

    I was so glad the other Restaurant was slow and expensive, otherwise we would have never found this one!

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Kecskemet Transportation

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    by Redang Updated Sep 10, 2007

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    Some road distances form Kecskemét to:

    - Budapest: 86 kms.
    - Brussels (Belgium): 1.440 kms.
    - Tallinn (Estonia): 1.776 kms.
    - Madrid (Spain): 2.583 kms.

    For more info together with driving times and best routes, you can check the web.

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Kecskemet Shopping

  • by pbazsi Updated Jan 16, 2007

    Malom is a big mall in the heart of Kecskemét, next to the Széchenyi square bus station. It has everything, clothes, food, cinema, bars, whatever.

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Kecskemet Local Customs

  • SPRINGTIME IN KECSKEMET

    It was Springtime in Kecskemet, and wasn't the city blooming beautiful!Kecskemet is a city proud of it gardens, in-fact, it holds a Spring Festival. This cultural festival is all about culture and nature.The festival begins on the national holiday on the 15th March, the memorial of the 1848 spring revolution. Art exhibitions, musical programmes...

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  • Apricot Brandy

    • Do NOT forget to taste the real and world-famous Apricot Brandy (Kecskemeti Barackpalinka) !!! It is definitely a notable thing in that region...• Consider this ... Do you know that traditionally Hungarians drink palinka to their breakfast? And best barack (apricot) palinkas come from the area of Kecskemét !

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  • Chess

    I know that chess is very popular in Hungary and I assume that it is quite common to see people playing in the parks as I could see (Szabadság tér).

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Kecskemet Favorites

  • FINDING A TOILET

    We actually only saw one Toilet block on our wanderings around Kecskemet. This was in the main square and could be easily missed as it was underground - So, don't look for a building on the square, but for an entrance heading underneath the square!Of course, Museums and Restaurants have toilets you can use.The signage to look for is "TOALETT"

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  • TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    Looking for the Tourist Information centre?Then head to the main town square of Kecskemet. It is actually situated in the City Hall. There is a separate entrance door, with an unusual sculpture above the door that includes faces, but not ugly like gargoyles. Here they can help with all tourism services, including finding you accommodation, where to...

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