The rich life of this Transylvanian architect, writer and graphic artist is revealed by walking around the statue on the stepping-stones. Probably because of the well-known pictures and video recordings, which were mostly recorded towards the end of his long life, he lives in our memories as an elderly man; even his statue depicts him as such. However, Kós became a key member of the “Youngsters” architect group as an aspiring architect and his work is visible on several buildings of the centre.
Other sights of the square include the water fountain; benches and gates decorated with motifs depicting crows, roosters, peacocks and butterflies; the bust statue of Sándor Wekerle; the Tree of Life planted by Wekerle volunteers on the occasion of the centenary; as well as the music pavilion (which was supposed to be placed in the zoo on the basis of the plans of Károly Kós).
Even back in the older days it must have been a good feeling to arrive back at the estate after a journey. The Olympic medallist boxer Antal Kocsis used to live here; violinist Vilmos Tátrai, actress Ilona Éres, folk singer Márta Sebestyén (all Kossuth prize winners), as well as writers Lajos Mesterházi and Iván Bächer, sculptor Ferenc Laborcz.
Since 2012, Wekerle Estate has been participating in the festivities of the Budapest100, organised entirely by volunteers, celebrating buildings in Budapest that are 100 years old. Programmes presenting the history of the houses and their architectural values are created in collaboration with the residents of the houses participating in the jubilee and other local volunteers. Tourists have the opportunity to visit venues which are not usually open to the public: air-raid shelter, attic, house preserving its original condition and even a no longer functioning cinema has opened its doors to the public. Budapest100 is organised each time at a weekend in April. Because each year until 2028, a house in the Wekerle Estate will celebrate its 100th anniversary, you must visit us on one of these occasions!
We recommend you to return to Wekerle in a different season as well and discover Wekerle’s many faces: the colours of the alleys in autumn; the silent little town covered in snow in winter; the bird chirping in spring or at the end of a hot summer day ‒ arriving from the stress of the city to a refreshing oasis.