Budaörs, the western gateway of the capital

The charming small town is located on the southern edge of the Buda hills. Most probably was named after the ‘kabar’ tribe called Örs. The M1-M7 motorways connecting the capital (Budapest) to Vienna and to the Balaton runs through the commercial side of the town, therefore we can call Budaörs the western gateway of Budapest. Nowadays Budaörs is one of the most developed cities in Hungary. At the same time the 23,59 km2 sized town is a pleasant place to live for its 30.000 inhabitants, providing several sites to visit and valuable experiences for the visitors. The middle –term development plan contains nearly 32 km bicycle lane within the town.

Budaörs is located in Pest county, on the western side of Budapest, in the Budaörs basin. It is surrounded by the Buda hills, Szabadság  hill, Csiki hills and the Tétényi-plateau. As the town is located right next to the M1 –M7 joint motorway, not only Budapest but Vienna is nearby, as it only takes 1,5-2 hours to get there by car. Moreover the Budapest-Vienna railway crosses the town and also a small airport is located within the city. Due to its location, good transportation system and natural beauty, the once German town is an attractive place to live at. Its population is constantly growing, especially in the last 25 years. With the growth of its population the essential utilities and infrastructure has been permanently updated, the last major upgrade took place at the beginning of the years of 2000.

The capital can be reached very quickly, both by car and public transport. Due to its location and the economic policy of the town council, the town on one hand provides a comfortable living place and on the other hand ensures the strengthening of the local economy. There have been several golden era of Budaörs from the prehistoric ages through the middle ages to the modern times. In the 19th  hundreds the peach and grape growing, the brick production and the mineral water from the region was well known throughout the country. Nevertheless, the last 20 years is the most significant period for development and economic growth.

The background of the success story originates in the 70s, when the construction of the M1-M7 motorway leading to the capital made Budaörs the southern-western gateway of Budapest. Budaörs became a town from a village in 1986, thanks to the investments starting off at the beginning of the 80s.

The development was further catalyzed by the targeted local economic policy after the change of the regime, the low local taxes and later the concentrated development of the infrastructure at the first part of the 2000s. This created an attractive environment for investors. In 2006 according to the findings of the Central Office for Statistics, Budaörs was the most developed settlement in Hungary. The survey examined 17 measures, including unemployment rate, local incomes and the infrastructure. Though many people  objected at the beginning, now the population can also enjoy the benefits of several shopping malls that were planted at the borders of Budaörs. Budaörs has become an urbanized, dynamically developing, economically influential town in the region, and also on a European scale. At the same time it has also managed to preserve its small town atmosphere, which is one of the most important value for the local inhabitants.

The present open and tolerant attitude towards other cultures has a very unfortunate historical background. In 1946 the evacuation of German speaking minorities started in Budaörs, which ended in the transportation of 90% of the inhabitants to Germany. This tragic event is commemorated by the town, even today and the local government has good relation with the original Budaörs families now based in Germany.


Bicycle lane network

The concept of the bicycle lane in Budaörs was accepted in 2006 by the town council. Both this study and the town-structure plan accepted in 2005, agrees that the bicycle lane is to be parallel to the main road, in a more healthy environment, in the  suburb. Since then bicycle lanes are built at each road constructions. As a result, there are 6 km of bicycle lane in Budaörs by today. The new 2,5 km part was connected to the network in 2009. This 55 million HUF investment provides a real transportation alternative by connecting the housing estates, local offices, city hall, kindergarten, school, shopping mall and sport centre.

In the long term 32 km bicycle lane is planned within the town. The final connection of the bicycle lanes is planned to be finalized in 2010, which than provides bicycle transport possibilities on the eastern-western axes of the town.


The Town Hall

One of the town’s pride is the new modern town hall furnished with modern technologies. It was opened on 14 October 2005. The architects, László Kalmár and Zsolt Zsuffa received a prestigious award for the building. The building with its 6500 m2 is a result of an 1,5 billion HUF Investment.  2100 m2 is occupied by offices, while the rest is serving communal and cultural functions. The most characteristic part of the building is its front yard surrounded by a row of pillars leading to the main entrance. Above the huge windows engravings in the sandstones inform new comers and those crossing the flowered roundabout in front of the building that this is the Town Hall-Rathaus.

From the entrance hall one can enter the inner courtyard that leads to the park of the Town Hall, which is also home of an open air stage. Various artists, dancers, musicians provide high quality cultural entertainment for the local population.

A new primary school was opened in 2010, which is equipped with a unique automatic ventilation system , to provide fresh oxygen for the children. The new local swimming pool, sport hall and public bath were also opened in 2010. This long awaited project of the local people provides additional reason for visiting Budaörs.

BICY Implemented in the Central Europe Programme (www.central2013.eu) is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).