10 places in Budapest for brave explorers
Szúnyog-sziget or Népsziget (Mosquito Island), Népszigeti road, Budapest, 1138
Is Margitsziget too crowded for you? Try this one. Szúnyog-sziget definitely has seen better days with working facilities and campings – now it is a mix of a ghost-town and a hidden paradise for hekk- and kisfröccs-lovers. Like a Csepel-sziget mixed with Római promenade. If you give a chance to it, you might have a unique experience with empty factory buildings, dead ships and true middle-aged hungarians.
FÉG – Fegyver- és Gépgyár (Arms and Machine Factory) Budapest, Soroksári road 158, 1095
What can be more thrilling than an empty factory, where deadly weapons were made? Yeah, probably a closed asylum – but watch out, we have one on this list too -, but FÉG does it’s best to seem as scary as it can be. Since the company’s bankrupcy, the empty building doesn’t have any function beside being a huge temptation for urbex fans.
Dreher Sörgyár Kazánháza (Stoke-hole of Dreher’s Beer Factory) Budapest, Jászberényi road 3, 1106
This is one of the oldest beer factory in Kőbánya what was established by the Dreher family. The huge compley now is partially empty due to the automatized processes, but the building are still standing there, celebrating the magneficient era of industry. Almost forget to mention: did you know that underneath the factory there is a hidden labirynt?
Észak-pesti Kórház (Hospital in North-Pest) Budapest, 1158, Őrjárat street 1-5.
It is empty for almost 25 years for now – but before it was one of the most modern hospital of Budapest, where the Red Army’s officers hospital operated, When the sovjets left, they took away everything, because the hungarian state didn’t have enough money to buy the whole hospital. It is huge, it is empty, and it’s future is unsure – a perfect scenery of changing history.
Nagyvásártelep, Központi Vásárcsarnok (Big Fair Yard, Central Market Hall) Budapest, 1095, Csepel quay
A true monument from 1932 – was built based on the plans of Aladár Münnich, a progressive architecht of the era. The yard’s 11.000 square meters area used to operate as a depository of goods like vegetables, fruits, equipments, boxes and containers. It could serve 400 merchants at the same time. The protected, architecturally important buliding now lies in the middle of a deserted area, like a post-apocaliptic hangar of long-gone products.
Lipótmezei Elmegyógyintézet (Menthal Hospital at Lipótmező) Budapest, Hűvösvölgyi road 116., 1021
A true gem on this list – and not just because it was an asylum. It was built in 1868 as the Hungarain Royalty Bedlam, and the main building is almost as huge as the hungarian Pairlament. In it’s gloriuos days the complex had beds, rooms, a garden, a swimming pool, a catholic chapel with beautifully colored windows and a theatre for the patients, and livign facilities for the stuff – doctors and nurses. In 2007 it was closed because of financial difficulties – and, since than, is completely empty. What a beauty – and what a waste.
Sceleton Hotel Budapest, Vérhalom street 17, 1025
Who lives in Budapest is almost familiar with that, well, thing on Rózsadomb. A decently sized, half-finished, concrete-gray shell of a closed sanatorium. After the sanatorium closed in the middle of 80’s, there were numerous plans to rebuild the property, but none of them got finished – due to the lack of money or needed permissions. The wrecking of it started in July, so you need to hurry, if you wanna see the remains of it.
A never-existing metro station Budapest, 1102, Liget square
Not this is the only metro station, which was never used – because the metro lines never reached it, but this one was almost done with undeground corridors, shops and staircases. The complex never had the chance to be used as it was built for, so with the lack of traffic and function slowly started to rot. Not a nice part of the city, but it is a kindly reminder to think (and count) before you act.
Istvántelki Főműhely – Main Workhouse of Istvántelek, Train cemetery Budapest, Bécsi street 1, 1045
Recommended, if you are a true train-lover. Not so far from Nyugati and Westend City Center, a bigger workhouse for trains was finished in 1903 with numerous workshops and living facilities for the workers. Now it seems as a sad and slowly destroyed cemetery for old trains and locomotives – some of them should be kept in real museums.
Csepel Művek (Csepel Works) Budapest, Gyepsor street 1, 1211
Founded by Manfred Weiss, this factory was the second biggest military factory of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy during WWI. Later became one of the most important part of the Hungarian industry with production of utensils and tools. The factory enjoyed it’s second golden era during the years of socialism, but nowadays it is almost empty. You can find smaller workshops and shops, and rehearsal rooms of bands, because there isn’t anybody to disturb. Take a walk and get lost between the buildings of a living factory-museum.