Discover how Ferenc Wampetics transformed the predecessor of the Gundel into a neo-renaissance gem of Budapest during the millennium

1894 - Wampetics is the predecessor of Gundel

Meet the restaurant revolution of Ferenc Wampetics during the millennium. Wampetics saw a great future for the place because of the millennium exhibition. The successful business outgrew its old walls in a few years, so in 1894, Ferenc Wampetics had a new neo-Renaissance restaurant built at his own expense, based on designs by Ervin Bauer. Its ground floor is enlivened by lines, and the curves of the window openings are followed by so-called quatrefoils imitating regular stones.
The great hall is located on the first floor, the importance of which is indicated by the ornate twin windows on the façade. A Renaissance balustrade runs along and the façade is covered with floral ornaments above the openings, up to the main cornice. In the centre of the building accentuated by an ornate mansard roof.

The name Wampetics has become a household word in Budapest, as the restaurant, which has been sung about in Orpheum songs, has become a hangout spot for famous writers, politicians and artists. The guests used to say: ' Those who care for themselves, reserve a table here...' An omnibus would take them from the city centre, where they would be greeted by a cheerful musical accompaniment. The feeling of life at the time is captured in Béla Zerkovitz's operetta "The Kissing Lady", with the well-known hit "'Night at the top of the omnibus', which recalls the atmosphere of the City Park and the words: 'The Wampetics had a band'. But it was also popular to listen to the song "I’m Going to Wampetics for Dinner and Listening to Military Music".
Ferenc Wampetics retired after more than twenty years, and chose Károly Gundel as his successor.
In 1910, the Gundel Károly dynasty took over the restaurant, and its success story of endless hospitality continues to this day.