The dazzling New Art of Budapest
The end of the 19th century became influenced by the Art Nouveau and Hungarian architects decided not only to create something vivid and close to nature, but something national, too. That makes the Budapest Art Nouveau architecture so unique and colorful.
Money, an increasing demand for public and private constructions and of course great and talented architects were all available for the birth of a new, world-class architecture. This construction boom was unprecedented and these buildings' Art Nouveau architecture still dominates our cityscape.
We'll see a few dozens of buildings, probably the most stunning examples of Hungarian Art Nouveau architecture. I'll show you around the city center in order to see unique little shops including the world's only Art Nouveau florist shop.
During the tour I'll try to amaze you with the elegance and symbolism of Budapest Art Nouveau, you'll understand why it became a most defining style in the city's architecture.
We'll start with the discovery of the unique Art Nouveau shops and residential buildings in the neighborhood of Váci Street and Vörösmarty Square. We'll visit the Gresham Palace, now a luxury hotel, its decoration is full of Art Nouveau symbolism. Liberty square is the center of the Budapest Art Nouveau architecture, I can show you palaces which bear characteristics of the different European Art Nouveau movements. We can stop for coffee in the House of the Hungarian Art Nouveau
I'll show you around the Art Nouveau villa buildings in the neighborhood of the City Park. I'll take you to Andrássy Avenue, we'll see the first Department Store of Budapest, its hidden little café, the Academy of Music and a once famous nightclub in the neighborhood. We'll take a little walk in the Jewish quarter.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up at your hotel or agreed upon location.
End location: We return to your hotel or agreed upon location.
Duration: 4 hours
Walking, public transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2000 HUF - Should you wish to buy snacks, drinks, or souvenirs.
I'm not a driver guide. In case of driving tours I arrange for a comfortable, air-conditioned car or minivan.
As a licensed guide, I have no restrictions guiding in museums and monuments in Hungary.
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Julia was absolutely fantastic. We did the Art and Architecture talk - my husband and I and 18 year old daughter. Julia's tour was fascinating - we learned so much from her both in terms of art and architecture, but also in terms of Budapest's rich history and current political climate. It changed the way we enjoyed Budapest from that point forward, because we just looked a little more closer and with more understanding at everything around us. One of our favorite events of the whole trip! Book this!