Budapest's Art Nouveau 3 hour walk with a friendly historian
History & heritage tours

Budapest's Art Nouveau 3 hour walk with a friendly historian

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: Flexible
Do this because
  • Discover the flamboyant Royal Postal Savings Bank, designed by Ödön Lechner, also known as the Gaudi of Hungary, and discuss the interior design elements of the entrance hall
  • Admire the facades and interior designs of the glorious Gresham Palace, once an office space and luxury apartments, and today Budapest’s most luxurious hotel
  • Visit a flower shop, which still has its original interiors, a department store, several bank offices, and an Art Nouveau museum and coffee house, where we explore the common motifs of Hungarian Secessionism
  • Consider the use of tiles in facades that Hungarian Art Nouveau became famous for, as we pause at Thonet House, thanks to innovations by the famous Zsolnay porcelain and ceramics factory in Pécs, a town in the south of Hungary
  • Examine the various Asian motifs and elements employed by designers, as a reference to the perceived eastern origins of Hungary and also popular in Art Nouveau across Europe
  • Conclude the tour (except on Saturdays) at the fascinating orthodox Kazinczy Street Synagogue, decorated in Art Nouveau style
What to expect

Budapest is so full of Art Nouveau that it is impossible to see it all in one day. However, this intro tour will take you to the best examples in the center of Pest. Art Nouveau was popular and trendy all over Europe between 1880 and 1914. In Habsburg Austria they called it Secession, but Hungary had their own version: “Hungarian Secession”. Many of Budapest's characteristic buildings were designed by the Gaudi of Hungary, Ödön Lechner.

Your tour will definitely show you the Palace of the Royal Post, which was designed by Lechner himself and contains many Gaudi-esque elements. You'll also see the Gresham Palace, which started out as office space and luxury apartments for nobility, but is now the best luxury hotel in Budapest. Since both these buildings allow visitors, you will be able to gaze upon the beautiful outside and inside of these striking Art Nouveau buildings.

Your tour will also feature the original interior of a flower shop, as well as a department store, bank offices, and a beautiful Art Nouveau museum (and coffee house). You will also have the chance to see Zsolnay ceramics. These gorgeous ceramics come frome a famous factory in Pécs and have been used all over Europe, but are especially found on the interiors, roofs, and, facades of Hungary's best Art Nouveau structures.

Your guide will also show you the Asian motifs and elements in decoration. This style was popular all across Europe, but many Hungarians felt it symbolized their easter origins as well.

Since some buildings are closed certain days of the week, your tour is highly adaptable, especially if you have a particular place you would like to see.

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What's included
  • 3-hour walking tour
  • Historian tour guide
What's not included
  • Additional costs may be included 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 USD) Orthodox Synagogue on Kazinczy street: 2000 HUF per person (approximately 7.00 USD)
  • Entrance fees

Budapest, Dorottya u. 1, 1051 Hungary

Meeting point:

Information Center to the right of the Hungarian Parliament (under the square).

Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér, 1055 Hungary

What to remember

You guide will help you to purchase Budapest Tram and Metro tickets if you do not already have a visitor pass.

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  • Thursday and Sunday at 10AM
  • Monday and Tuesday at 2 PM
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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