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4 hours
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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.

The architecture of Buda and Pest has always been extremely diverse but unfortunately most of our buildings were destroyed during the centuries of our turbulent history.

Luckily, by the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries all mandatory conditions were available for the birth of a new, world-class architecture. It included money, an increasing demand for public and private constructions and of course manpower, great and talented architects. The city became filled with thousands of newly erected buildings. This construction boom was unprecedented and these buildings’ Art Nouveau architecture still dominates our cityscape.

Art Nouveau is considered an important transition between the historic revival styles of the 19th century and Modernism. Art Nouveau was a determination to surpass historicism that dominated much of the 19th-century Hungarian art and design. It’s a total art style which includes architecture, interior design, graphic art and decorative arts, too.

We’ll see a few dozens of buildings, all Art Nouveau, all beautiful with unique characteristics, 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. We’ll see the luxurious Gresham Palace and the neighborhood of the Liberty square, the real Art Nouveau neighborhood of Pest. I’ll take you to the first department store of Budapest and we’ll see more magnificent buildings along Andrássy Avenue. We’ll then have a loook at the Jewish Quarter‘s Art Nouveau buildings.

During the tour I try to amaze you by the elegance and symbolism of Budapest Art Nouveau, you’ll understand why it became a most defining style in the city’s architecture.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Hotel pick-up
INCLUDED
Tour guiding in English
Public transportation tickets
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees

All the above tours are private tours for you and for your family and friends only. The prices are for a group of maximum 4 people. Please let me know if you need a quote for more people.

Would you please contact me if you experience problems with your booking or if you’d like to book a tour on a day when I’m not available.

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I’ll meet you in the hotel lobby.
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We’ll see the unique Art Nouveau shops in the neighborhood of Váci Street and Vörösmarty Square.
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We’ll have a look at the Gresham Palace, now a luxury hotel, its decoration is full of Art Nouveau symbolism.
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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 have coffee in the House of the Hungarian Art Nouveau
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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.
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We’ll take a little walk in the Jewish quarter.
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We’ll return to your hotel.

Tour Reviews

November 3, 2017

Our tour with Julia was the highlight of our trip. She provided succinct overviews of relevant history and architectural trends that greatly informed what we were seeing. She took us to out-of-the-way places to show us the incredible beauty and detail of Budapest’s most prominent period of architectural design. Besides that, she is intelligent, authentic, and an absolute delight.

March 4, 2018

We met Julia at our hotel Boscolo Budapest. From the start Julia was very friendly and have easy to laugh. We went on an exceptional exiting and wonderfull trip around the city of Budapest, where we discovered several art nouveau buildings and interiors.
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March 14, 2018

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!

May 22, 2018

We visited Budapest in May 2018. We booked a private four hour art nouveau tour with Julia. She was waiting for us in the lobby of our hotel at the arranged time. She took us by public transport (I always enjoy travelling by public transport with local people) to our first destination. Julia clearly loves showing people her city. She is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about Budapest and Hungary. We had some very interesting conversations about Hungarian history, politics and culture. I highly recommend one of Julia’s tours to anybody visiting Budapest. We learnt a lot more about Budapest and Hungary during our four hour tour with Julia than we did during the rest of our visit.

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