Sandy Urban Beach Opens in Budapest at BudaPart

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The SHO Beach BudaPart, which the developer Property Market claims is Budapest’s only natural urban beach, opened on July 3 in the capital’s mixed-used BudaPart neighborhood.

The beach, located in Lágymányosi Bay, boasts high water quality. Besides swimming, it will offer other sporting facilities, culinary experiences, and various entertainment activities throughout the summer.

Property Market says it decided in the planning phase of the overall BudaPart project to develop the shore of Lágymányosi Bay as a sandy beach.

“Given the location, the services already available, and the unique, natural vibes of the neighborhood, we couldn’t have asked for a better place,” said Gábor Koltai, the operator of SHO Beach BudaPart.

“We are delighted that we can add another exciting leisure option to BudaPart and create this truly 21st century, modern beach in this complex mini-city,” he added.

Facilities at the sandy waterfront offer everything from morning coffee to mid-day meals and evening cocktails. The SHO Chill & Grill beach bar serves the usual beach food, while the MÁK pop-up SHO Beach brings the cuisine of Hungary’s best restaurants to the forefront under the direction of chef János Mizsei, giving visitors a taste of fine dining.

Bathers can enjoy the comfort of the guest bathrooms next to the bistro, complete with toilets and changing rooms. The catering units have been built on special modern floating platforms to cope with rising water levels.

The new beach will host a range of activities during the summer season, including cultural and gastronomic events such as wine and palinka tasting and sports events.There will also be plenty of activities beyond the beach in the BudaPart neighborhood.

Dürer Kert, the iconic event venue, has moved to a new location next to the Danube. Since mid-June, it has welcomed guests who wish to enjoy music, barbecue, or films in its Dürer-style garden.

At BudaPart’s public park, Kopaszi Dam, the developer says most services are back to full capacity after the lifting of pandemic restrictions. There were three venues to watch the recent European Championship matches, and several quality shops, cafés, and supermarkets have opened at the bottom of the buildings.

The first foundations for the BudaPart project were laid by Property Market four years ago. Hundreds of people already live and work in the neighborhood, and the range of services and leisure opportunities is expanding, the developer says.

“For those who did not believe in it, I think it’s becoming more obvious what a unique and colorful neighborhood we are creating,” said Mihály Schrancz, managing director of Property Market.

“It is not only beneficial for the tenants and workers of BudaPart, but also people living in the neighborhood and, indeed, in the [whole] capital. Whether it is cultural events, culinary adventures, the beach, or musical experiences, BudaPart has everything you need to recharge and enjoy complete freedom, almost in the heart of bustling Budapest,” he said.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of July 16, 2021.

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