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Private Art Nouveau Budapest Tour

1. Private Art Nouveau Budapest Tour

During the tour you will get to see the breathtaking pieces of architecture in a style that started to flourish towards the end of the 1900’s. In merely 20 years numerous masterpieces were constructed according to the various branches of the Secessionist Movement present in Europe. Viennese Secession, Jugendstil, French and Belgian Art Nouveau and finally for the first time, a real “National Style” was also born: the Hungarian Art Nouveau. Among these beautiful edifices you will get the chance to admire Gresham Palace, the Hungarian National Treasury, the Museum of Applied Arts, and much more than you could ever find in a guidebook. A coffee stop with marvelous Art Nouveau scenery is also included in the tour. To start the tour, meet your private guide at a previously arranged place (your hotel, apartment, or any other spot in the city). Since it is a customized tour, the route may vary according to the meeting point, although the best spot to start this tour is the Museum of Applied Arts, the masterpiece of Ödön Lechner who is often referred to as the Hungarian Gaudí. Following a pleasant walk take a short tram ride back to the city center where most of our famous Art Nouveau buildings can be found. After having observed several modern constructions of the style around Váci street, pop into the Gresham Palace to enjoy the luxurious atmosphere of the past and the present. Reaching Liberty Square, you can’t miss taking a coffee break in the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau that has a private collection of the time. Finally, explore the square as all of the buildings are from the same period. Last but not least admire the Hungarian State Treasury and its unforgettable rooftop that is invisible from street level nevertheless you will get close to it.

Budapest’s Art Nouveau: 3-Hour Walk with a Historian

2. Budapest’s Art Nouveau: 3-Hour Walk with a Historian

At the turn of the 20th century, between 1880 and 1914, Art Nouveau was the fashionable, cutting¬-edge aesthetic in architecture and applied arts throughout Europe. See the finest examples of this style in a tour of Budapest’s distinctive and elegant Art Nouveau constructions. The Art Nouveau style became so popular in Budapest that it is impossible to see all the representative buildings in a single day. This 3-hour introductory tour takes you to see some of the highlights in downtown Pest. Admire the 2 most important buildings, the Palace of the Royal Post and Gresham Palace. Fortunately, both buildings allow visitors into the entrance hall, so you can take in the wonderful details on the outside, and also enjoy a peek at the interior as your guide tells you about Art Nouveau design elements. Other stops on this walk include a flower shop with its original interior, a department store, several bank offices, and a small but exquisite Art Nouveau museum and coffee house. Examine a series of ceramics from the renowned Zsolnay factory in Pécs, a town in the south of Hungary. The extensive use of such ceramics on buildings is a characteristic feature of Hungarian Art Nouveau. Another typical Hungarian Art Nouveau feature is the use of Asian motifs and elements. This is in reference to the supposed eastern origins of the Hungarian nation, although you will also hear about the European¬-wide Orientalism that influenced Art Nouveau.

Art Nouveau in Budapest: 3-Hour Private Tour

3. Art Nouveau in Budapest: 3-Hour Private Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour tour of Budapest that explores the Art Nouveau movement and how it affected the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Whether you are interested in architecture, a history buff, or just looking to learn about Budapest in a unique way, this tour has a little bit of something for everyone. On this tour, learn why the facade of most late 19th-century buildings are so decorative and find out why there are no skyscrapers in Budapest. Discover why Art Nouveau is called Secession (szecesszió) in Hungarian, and how Hungarian folk motifs were built into the Art Nouveau designs. Hear about the ways in which Art Nouveau revolutionized architecture, what beehives symbolize on Budapest's public buildings, and hear fascinating tales about the architects behind these buildings.

Budapest: Private Half-Day Art Nouveau Tour

4. Budapest: Private Half-Day Art Nouveau Tour

Explore the Art Nouveau and Secessionist architecture of Budapest on a private half-day sightseeing tour that can be customized to your preferences. During the tour, you will learn about the Hungarian architect Ödön Lechner, one of the most outstanding personalities of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known as the “Hungarian Gaudi,” his work was characterized by dressing up modern functionalism with unique decorative forms, using the motifs of Hungarian folklore and the Oriental - mainly Indian - arts. He worked with the Zsolnay Ceramic Factory to realize his dreams all over Budapest, resulting in colorful roofs, mosaic walls, statues, and decorative elements. Among the highlights of your tour, admire the striking green roof and Mogul influences of the Museum of Applied Arts, the flamboyant façade of the Institute of Geology, and the sensational Royal Postal Savings Bank. Other sites you can visit include the mosaic exterior of Thonet House, the exotic Elephant House at Budapest Zoo, magnificent Gresham Palace (now a 5-star hotel), and the Turkish Bank building at Szervita tér, a classic example of Secessionist mosaic and glass design.


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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 26 reviews

More than we bargained for

We booked a 4 hour tour to begin at 10:00 am. The night before, the guide called us to say she wanted to start at 1:00 so that could take the English language guided tour of the Music Academy. We agreed, and that turned out to be well worth the change. The guide appeared to select places to visit as we went along and was able to take us inside several buildings to see special places. Our 4 hour tour turned into 5.5 hours. The guide was excellent, knowledgeable, and as I found out later, a specialist in Art History. The only negative was that we paid for an all-day metro ticket but only used the metro once and her website indicated that the metro ticket would be included in the tour price. We would go again with this tour guide and would recommend her to others.

Lots of art nouveau with guide who was a knowledgeable enthusiast.

I came, I saw, I loved it. Learning about the art nouveau masters and seeing their beautiful and elegant masterpieces was heaven. Suzy was a wonderful tutor on the subject and loves the subject as much as I do. She shared her knowledge and had suggestions for my remaining time in Budapest. It was a great experience.

I learned more in these 3 hours than I did in many previous visits.

Miklos is so knowledgable about all aspects of Hungarian and world history. As a teacher, he knows how to expertly stimulate your mind and see beyond just the facades of the buildings.

The genesis of Art Nouveau, in Budapest, little known outside the country

Very competent tour guide with very good knowledge of German.