Two important public areas of Budapest will be renewed from nearly HUF 5 billion over the next year and a half. Work on Id. Antall József Embankment will begin on 7 June 2021, while the renovation of Blaha Lujza Square will start a few weeks later.

After about fifty years, one of the most significant and busiest squares in the country will be given a new character. The renovation was commissioned by the Budapest City Council, in the investment of BKK, with professional support from the 7th and 8th Districts. The works will cost 3.47 billion HUF. The government will provide 1 billion HUF which must be used before the end of 2021. Renovation work is expected to begin in mid-summer and early July at the earliest, following the successful completion of the procurement process.

Blaha Lujza Square to be given a new character (Photo:

Pedestrian-friendly meeting places will be created on Blaha Lujza Square, including shady rest areas, green areas in a raised bed, and a water game will be created in place of the parking spaces. The memorial stone and the iconic mushroom fountain will also be renewed.

However, the building of an oval pavilion for cultural purposes, which was planned in 2019, will be implemented in a simpler form. The construction of a roof over the Rákóczi Road bus stops has also been delayed, and the underpass will be renovated but not widened. The tree line planned for Rákóczi Road will also not be planted. The valuable ash trees on the square will be protected.  

The previous plans for Blaha Lujza Square, current plans are visible in the cover photo (Source:

Following the renovation, Blaha Lujza Square will be made more accessible with new pedestrian crossings. 

The pedestrian-friendly renewal of the embankments will begin with the section between Kossuth Square and Margit Bridge in Pest. The banks of the Danube will be reborn as a promenade as a result of the project. Unused road pavings are to be removed and trees planted along the path.

The renovation of the lower embankment will begin between Kossuth Square and Margit Bridge (Photo:  Balázs Both/

The embankment will be reborn in several stages (Source: Facebook / Dávid Vitézy) 

The steps to the shoreline will remain remains, but the retaining wall of the Garibaldi Street ramp will be moved inwards. The World Heritage protected landscape will remain unchanged. In addition, the shoreline will become greener as 35 trees will be planted during the investment. The reconstruction of the embankment will cost about 1.5 billion HUF.

According to the plans, the renewed id. Antall József Embankment will be completed by the end of 2021, and Blaha Lujza Square by the end of 2022.

Source: Budapest Transport Centre | Abridged in translation

Cover photo: Visual of the reconstruction of Blaha Lujza Square (Source: