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 culminated in the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest. The building itself is more of a mixture between renaissance and baroque styles, for which it has been criticized by National Romanticists like Károly Kós.
Kecskemét lies halfway between Budapest and Szeged, 86 kilometres from both of them, almost equal distance from the two big rivers of the country, the Danube and the Tisza. The name of the city stems from the Hungarian word kecske meaning 'goat'. Kecskemét has 107,267 residents (2001). The population is homogeneous with a Hungarian majority. There are a few thousand Roma minority living here; they formed their independent minority government in 1994. According to archaeological findings the area has been inhabited at least for 5000 years. In the 14th century Kecskemet was already a town. During the Ottoman occupation of Hungary the town prospered thanks to its role in trade and the fact that people were moving to the towns from the more vulnerable villages. The Ottoman Sultan took a liking to the town and spared it destruction. In the 19th century it was already part of an important wine district, and it is still known for its barackpálinka, an apricot brandy.
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.
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.
• 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 !
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).
Consider this ...
Do you know that traditionally Hungarians drink palinka to their breakfast ?
And best barack (apricot) palinkas come from the area of Kecskemét !