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Kecskemét is the eighth largest city in Hungary, located about 50 miles from Budapest in the center of the country. With a population of just over 100,000, it is known best for its museums, apricot brandy and secessionist and art nouveau architecture. While it makes a nice day trip from Budapest, it is also a good jumping off point for trips to nearby Kiskunsag National Park.
One of the must-sees in Kecskemét is the Ornamental Palace, which is a prime example of Hungarian secessionist architecture. Completed in 1901, it is now home to the Kecskemét Gallery, which is worth a visit as much for the art as it is just to experience the impressive Decorative Hall inside. The city has more than a dozen other museums to occupy your time, including a photography museum, a toy workshop and museum, a museum of Calvinist ecclesiastical history, a Hungarian folk arts and crafts museum and a musical instrument museum.
Kecskemet can be reached by train from the Ferihegy train station near terminal 1 of Budapest’s airport, as well as from Nyugati train station in central Budapest. Trains leave hourly and take about an hour and 20 minutes from the city center or about an hour from the airport. You can also reach Kecskemet by bus from Budapest’s Nepliget bus station, but the journey is less predictable, sometimes taking up to two hours. Upon arriving in Kecskemet, both the bus and train stations are about 10 minutes outside of the center.
Address: Kecskemet, Hungary
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Kecskemét
Budapest visitors that want to see more of Hungary can experience traditional cuisine, equestrian culture, and the pastoral landscapes of the Great Hungarian Plain on this full-day, private tour. Travel comfortably by air-conditioned vehicle as you're whisked from the city to the Puszta. Highlights include watching a Magyar horse show, visiting Kecskemét to see its art deco architecture, and learning more about Hungary from your personal guide.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Explore the Great Plains of Hungary on a scenic day trip to the towns of Lajosmizse and Kecskemet. Departing from your Budapest hotel, escape city life for the day to experience a region full of sun, rivers and lakes. This tour includes a welcome drink along with a traditional Hungarian meal, and provides the chance to discover a hidden jewel for fishing, water sport and equestrian enthusiasts.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Kecskemét?
The best ways to experience Kecskemét are:
- Private Puszta tour - with traditional horse show
- From Budapest: Puszta Great Plains and Kecskemet Day Trip
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