Highlights of This Experience
By the early 20th century, Art Nouveau had become extremely popular in Budapest (and also in other parts of Hungary), and although many buildings got destroyed during WWII, the city still offers some of the finest examples of Art Nouveau and Secessionist architecture in Europe.
Depending on the day of your tour, you’ll visit the Palace of the Royal Post, designed by Ödön Lechner, the founding father of Hungarian Art Nouveau, the Gresham Palace, today the Four Seasons Hotel but at the time built by the founder of the London Stock Exchange Lord Gresham as an office space and a series of luxury apartments for Hungarian nobility. Luckily both buildings allow visitors into the entrance hall, so you’ll get to see not only the beautiful exterior of these buildings but also the stunning details of the interior, including stained glass windows by Miksa Róth, mosaics and furniture.
Other stops on this tour include a flower shop with its original Art Nouveau interior, a department store, several bank offices and a small but exquisite Art Nouveau museum and café. You’ll also get to see the famous Zsolnay ceramics from the Zsolnay factory in Pécs, made with the pioneering process of eosin glazing, and you’ll also learn about the use of Asian motifs that became a distinctive feature of Hungarian Art Nouveau.
The itinerary of this tour is flexible and you can also ask the guide to include certain buildings, such as the stunning Gellért Bath, the Museum of Applied Arts or the Geology Museum.
Why I Recommend This Tour
This is a great tour if you want to learn about Budapest’s fascinating culture and history during the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries when the city became one of the most important cultural hubs of Europe. However, this tour is also ideal for those who like exploring a new city through its architecture since the itinerary includes visiting some of the most beautiful buildings in Budapest.
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TERRIFIC guides providing excellent history!
“We took several walking tours, including one of Art Nouveau and one of Jewish Budapest. Both were led by guides of truly outstanding backgrounds, and both tours were marvelously interesting. We are history buffs, and both tours helped us to understand the complicated backgrounds of the areas we were walking through. The Are nouveau tour was gorgeous, of course, Budapest being the find=est city to display that art form. The Jewish tour was in-depth. All I can say is: Give yourself a major treat and take both of these tours.”
laura g, Durham, United Kingdom
2 to 6 people
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10am or 2pm
This tour is available daily as a private tour.
Guides on this tour are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics and published authors.
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