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Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest

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Private Art Nouveau Budapest Tour

1. Private Art Nouveau Budapest Tour

During the tour you will get to see the breathtaking pieces of architecture in a style that started to flourish towards the end of the 1900’s. In merely 20 years numerous masterpieces were constructed according to the various branches of the Secessionist Movement present in Europe. Viennese Secession, Jugendstil, French and Belgian Art Nouveau and finally for the first time, a real “National Style” was also born: the Hungarian Art Nouveau. Among these beautiful edifices you will get the chance to admire Gresham Palace, the Hungarian National Treasury, the Museum of Applied Arts, and much more than you could ever find in a guidebook. A coffee stop with marvelous Art Nouveau scenery is also included in the tour. To start the tour, meet your private guide at a previously arranged place (your hotel, apartment, or any other spot in the city). Since it is a customized tour, the route may vary according to the meeting point, although the best spot to start this tour is the Museum of Applied Arts, the masterpiece of Ödön Lechner who is often referred to as the Hungarian Gaudí. Following a pleasant walk take a short tram ride back to the city center where most of our famous Art Nouveau buildings can be found. After having observed several modern constructions of the style around Váci street, pop into the Gresham Palace to enjoy the luxurious atmosphere of the past and the present. Reaching Liberty Square, you can’t miss taking a coffee break in the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau that has a private collection of the time. Finally, explore the square as all of the buildings are from the same period. Last but not least admire the Hungarian State Treasury and its unforgettable rooftop that is invisible from street level nevertheless you will get close to it.

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What people are saying about Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 9 reviews

More than we bargained for

We booked a 4 hour tour to begin at 10:00 am. The night before, the guide called us to say she wanted to start at 1:00 so that could take the English language guided tour of the Music Academy. We agreed, and that turned out to be well worth the change. The guide appeared to select places to visit as we went along and was able to take us inside several buildings to see special places. Our 4 hour tour turned into 5.5 hours. The guide was excellent, knowledgeable, and as I found out later, a specialist in Art History. The only negative was that we paid for an all-day metro ticket but only used the metro once and her website indicated that the metro ticket would be included in the tour price. We would go again with this tour guide and would recommend her to others.

Rich, unusual visit. Passionate and fascinating guide. Thanks to him.

Our guide made us discover an extraordinary city. He showed us unusual places that we would not have been able to see without him. He shared his knowledge of the city and of art nouveau with passion and generosity. In addition, he was able to adapt to the vagaries of the weather so that our visit remains an exceptional moment. We warmly recommend it to all lovers of discovery.

Lots of art nouveau with guide who was a knowledgeable enthusiast.

I came, I saw, I loved it. Learning about the art nouveau masters and seeing their beautiful and elegant masterpieces was heaven. Suzy was a wonderful tutor on the subject and loves the subject as much as I do. She shared her knowledge and had suggestions for my remaining time in Budapest. It was a great experience.

Amazing and unique tour- fantastic from beginning to end.

Art Nouveau tour with our tour guide Bogata, was an utterly wonderful experience. Excellent knowledge, a must for architectural history buffs. Well paced and flexible programme- recommend to all who visit this beautiful city.