Budapest city tour – Art Nouveau focus (8h)
From: 340 €
During this unique full day driving private tour explore all the highlights of the city and also the hidden art nouveau gems of Budapest, experience how history and dreams were carved on to the facades and some interiors of the city.
While all the private tours offered in this page only include the discovery of Art Nouveau buildings, this tour also includes some sights which are not Art Nouveau, that’s why we consider this one a General Budapest Private Tour. We guarantee stops in the following highlights which are not Art Nouveau: Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and St. Gerald Hill .
This is probably The Best Art Nouveau Tour in Budapest, because it is comprehensive and focus in the art nouveau pearls of both Buda and Pest. You will have a dedicated private guide and you will be free to change the route according to your own interests.
This tour includes a visit to the Kozma Street Cemetery, the biggest Jewish cemetery of Budapest. Several mausoleums in the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil style, like the unique green tile-clad mausoleum of the Schmidl family by Ödön Lechner and Bela Lajta.
We offer the best exclusive tours for anyone who wants to grasp an understanding of the art nouveau architecture and design, looks for historical and cultural insights or simply loves this art style and wants to discover or re-discover an art nouveau city in a personalised way.
In the period between about 1895 and 1914, hundreds of buildings in Budapest were erected. Many of them can be classified as 100% Art Nouveau or at least with elements of this style period. This building boom was unprecedented, and today still dominates the city view.
The tour is private so there are not any other people in the group only those you travel with. Our tours are not just about sightseeing, they are a unique experience of meeting, learning, discovering and understanding different cultures and returning back home richer than when the journey started.
The town also displays local versions of trends originating from other European countries (Vienna, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Finland,…). Béla Lajta initially adopted Lechner’s style, subsequently drawing his inspiration from English and Finnish trends; after developing an interest in the Egyptian style, he finally arrived at modern architecture. Aladár Árkay took almost the same route. István Medgyaszay developed his own style, which differed from Lechner’s, using stylised traditional motifs to create decorative designs in concrete.
Although some of the highlights are located near the park we don’t recommend to walk around the park for two reasons. On one hand, these Art Nouveau buildings are quite far from each other. On the other hand, this 2018 a huge maintenance work will go through the City Park. That’s why we run this full day private tour entirely by car/minivan.
Book our private tour specialised in art nouveau and get inspired!
Duration: 8 hours.
Departure time: From 8.30am to 12.30am.
Prices according to size of your private group (price can be as low as 62€ per person depending on the size of your group):
1 – 3 PAX = 340€
4 – 6 PAX = 440€
7 – 8 PAX = 500€
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During this comprehensive 8 hours driving private tour you will discover in-depth the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and artworks in Budapest and also the main highlights of the capital of Hungary which are not Art Nouveau.
We will start this complete tour discovering the amazing buildings in Vaci street, to see later the Thonet house, Philantia florist and make an in-depth visit to the Art Nouveau museum which consists in 3 floors full of interior design décor ranging from furniture to ceramics.
This museum, also called Bedo House and the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau, accommodates a coffee house, the first one that we will visit during the tour. If you wish so, we will spend some time inside this café to have a drink and a cake.
After this especially relevant museum and café, we will discover other places, Music Academy and St. Laszlo church, to say some. We will drive around City Park to appreciate the Art Nouveau entrance of the Zoo and the Merry-go-round.
You can have lunch in an Art Nouveau restaurant (if you choose the Middle range restaurant in the options below the calendar) and after you will continue the tour to other great Art Nouveau places. In the afternoon you will enjoy some of Budapest’s greatest examples of art nouveau. Starting by Gellert Spa bath we will continue visiting Gresham palace.
Right after we will discover the Postal Saving Bank, Ödön Lechner’s most famous building that nowadays holds the Treasury and a part of the National Bank of Hungary. If you feel like doing so, we can have a drink in a nearby rooftop and enjoy a perfect view with fantastic views to this building and to all the whole city of Budapest.
Our journey will continue until your next stop, the Museum of Applied Arts. From the outside it is a beautiful building with curved roof tiles and mosaic work making it special.
We will also visit other places of interest like the Geological Institute or the villas on Varosligeti fasor .
Our Art Nouveau tour is also unique because it includes a visit to the Kozma Street Cemetery, the biggest Jewish cemetery of Budapest. Several mausoleums in the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil style.
The green tile-clad mausoleum of the Schmidl family by Ödön Lechner and Bela Lajta, drawing its inspiration form Hungarian folk art, is considered an important example of Magyar-Jewish architecutral style, as is the domed cemetery chapel by Bela Lajta.
Not only Art Nouveau – A full day driving private tour “to see it all”
During this private tour you will discover most of the general attractions of Budapest along with the detailed list of Art Nouveau highlights detailed above.
We will focus this tour in Art Nouveau buildings and works of art, but will show you also other highlights of the “Pearl of the Danube” like The Parliament, St. Stephen Basilica and Heroes Square. During the private tour other stops and views may happen, giving you a broad understanding of the role of Budapest since its origins more than 2000 years ago.
Budapest is famed for its distinctive Art Nouveau architecture incorporating colorful Hungarian folk motifs. Some of the outstanding examples of this style are the Applied Arts museum, the Greshem Palace on the Pest side of the Chain Bridge, the buildings on and around Szabadsag square, including the Postal Bank and the Theater.
Because we care about you, your private guide will adapt the itinerary to your interests.
Pick Up and Drop Off
We start and end the tour at your hotel or accommodation (when centrally located).
Professional fully licensed guiding service and modern car/minivan with a driver.
It does not include entrance fees to the The House of Hungarian Art Nouveau, also called Bedo House or The Art Nouveau Museum (to see ticket prices CLICK HERE) – closed on Sundays.
Food and drinks.
Our specialised Art Nouveau guide will guide you in English.
Book well in advance in order to get our exclusive guides.
Pay the tour in full when booking. Payment options: Bank transfer (recommended) or PayPal, which allows you to pay by PayPal account or Credit Card.
If the weather is nice and you didn’t see Budapest from the Gellert Hill yet, we will start the tour going there. From there you will see spectacular view of the River Danube with its bridges (the banks of the river is part of UNESCO World Heritage sights) and probably the best panorama of Budapest.
In the event that you have difficulties while booking (not availability for your desired date/time,…) or that you have any additional query please tell us right now visiting the CONTACT section or clicking HERE.
About Budapest in 1900…
Budapest, co-capital of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire along with Vienna between 1867 and 1918, had its golden age around 1900 when it was a metropolis. In the last quarter of the 19th century the city reached almost a million people and more than doubled its number of buildings.
Secession style, Austro-Hungarian art nouveau, was the popular style at that time therefore many of these buildings belong to this style. The most important architect of this movement was Ödön Lechner. Is known as “the Hungarian Gaudí” but his main influences came from Indian and Syrian architecture, and later by traditional Hungarian decorative designs.
During the flourishing period of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy the economy was buzzing, Budapest became an important hub of the Monarchy, and many spectacular buildings were erected.
Even though Hungary was tied to Austria she expressed her very own history and culture through the arts. The art nouveau movement provided a shared platform for both Christians and Jews to express their Hungarian identity within the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.
Book our private tours and experience this rich and exciting period through its finest buildings.
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