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Budapest's Art Nouveau 3 Hour Private Tour with a Historian

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    What to Expect
    This tour of Budapest’s distinctive and elegant Art Nouveau construction will take you along the finest examples of this specific style, among them buildings designed by the founding father of Hungarian Secession Ödön Lechner, also known as the Gaudi of Hungary.

    In fact, Art Nouveau became so popular in Budapest (and in many provincial towns in Hungary, as well) so it is impossible to see all Art Nouveau buildings in one day. This introductory tour takes you along some of the Art Nouveau highlights in downtown Budapest, the two most important buildings of which are no doubt the Palace of the Royal Post, designed by Lechner – a very frivolous and Gaudi­like design –, and the Gresham Palace, today the number one luxury hotel in Budapest but at the time built by the founder of the London Stock Exchange Lord Gresham as an office space and a series of luxury apartments for Hungarian nobility. Fortunately, both buildings allow visitors into the entrance hall, so we cannot only admire the wonderful details on the outside, but also enjoy a short peek at the interior during our discussion of Art Nouveau design elements.

    Other stops on this walk include a flower shop which still has its original interior, a department store, several bank offices and a small but exquisite Art Nouveau museum/ coffee house – a wonderful private initiative. You’ll 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 the exterior of the buildings (the roof and the façade) as well as in the interior, is one of the most typical features of Hungarian Art Nouveau. These decorations only became possible after Zsolnay made some ground breaking inventions for which he came to be known all over the Hapsburg Empire (the roof of the Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna is also made of Zsolnay tiles).

    Another routine Hungarian Art Nouveau feature is the use of Asian motifs and elements in decoration, a reference to the supposed eastern origins of the Hungarian nation, although we also discuss the European­ wide Orientalism that influenced Art Nouveau. Some elements of the tour are dependent on the day of the week: On weekends we cannot enter the Hungarian National Bank which has some very fine examples of Zsolnay porcelain, while the orthodox synagogue with its exquisite Art Nouveau interior is closed on Saturdays. But we can adapt the tour, also to your specific wishes, and if you like we can of course also offer you a more extensive tour, which also comprises some of the other Art Nouveau jewels in Budapest such as the Gellért Bath Hotel, the Museum of Applied Arts and the Geology Museum.
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    Departure Point
    Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér, 1055 Hungary

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your guide will meet you at your central hotel or flat and lead your group by metro, tram or foot (when the sites are close). Tickets are provided if you do not have a pass. We'll write to request your address when we send you your guide's phone and photo. If you don't want a pickup or do not respond with an address, please meet your guide 15 minutes before start time at the default meeting point.
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Budapest, Hungary
    Inclusions
    • 3-hour private stroll through Budapest’s greatest monuments of Art Nouveau in an intimate group guided by a historian
    Exclusions
    • You guide will help you to purchase Budapest Tram and Metro tickets if you do not already have a visitor pass
    • 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)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Your tour guides are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics, and published authors
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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