Budapest Art Nouveau Tour: Decadence & Design

Discover Budapest’s distinctive, elegant Art Nouveau style with an expert guide and see the finest buildings that represented the city’s affluence and cosmopolitanism in the early 20th century.
Private
3 hours
Group size up to 10 persons
Mobile ticket
Full refund for cancellations up to 24 hours
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English
What is included in activity
3-hour walking tour
Historian guide
What is not included
Tram and metro tickets

Budapest abounds in exquisite Art Nouveau structures and interiors, the radical design style that swept across turn-of-century Europe within architecture, applied arts, and fine art. Hungary developed its own cutting-edge take on the movement, known as Hungarian Secession, exemplified in its founding father, Ödön Lechner, featuring the use of porcelain along with Asian motifs and elements. This 3-hour Art Nouveau walking tour of Budapest scratches the surface of a city filled with beautiful examples of this cutting-edge aesthetic, highlighted by an expert art/architecture historian as your guide.

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.

You will finish the tour with a new appreciation for the glamor, energy and radical design sensibilities of Budapest's Belle Époque.

Know before you go:

• Some aspects of the tour are dependent on the day of the week. On weekends you cannot enter the Hungarian National Bank, which has some very fine examples of Zsolnay porcelain. The Orthodox Synagogue with its exquisite Art Nouveau interior is closed on Saturdays
• In these cases, the tour can be adapted to your particular interests or extended to include some of the other Art Nouveau jewels of Budapest, such as the Gellért • Bath Hotel, the Museum of Applied Arts, and the Geology Museum
• Additional costs may be incurred if one or both of these sites are open on the day of your tour:
• House of Hungarian Art Nouveau: 1000 HUF per person (approximately $3.50)
• Orthodox Synagogue on Kazinczy street: 2000 HUF per person (approximately $7.00)
This is
individual
excursion
Only your group
Only you, your friends or family will be on the tour. Time on this excursion is time spent with loved ones.
Personal guide
Always at your disposal, your guide will tailor your program and suggest places of interest for children, where to eat and what to see.
Economical
The cost of an individual excursion is comparable to the cost of a group excursion if you are going with someone else.
€249.24
per group
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
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Adult (Age 99 and younger)
€249.24
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For any payment method you must book a ticket through the booking form below and receive confirmation by e-mail and (or) SMS.
Activity schedule

Everyday at 10:00, 14:00

What places you will see

• The Palace of the Royal Post
• Gresham Palace
• Zsolnay factory in Pécs

Activity book period
You can book tour up to 3 hours in advance.
Languages in what activity is performed
English
Directions to meet your guide

Budapest, Alkotmány u. 4. 5-emelet 23, 1054

How long your tour will be
3 hrs
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