Art Nouveau Budapest

What to expect?

On our Art Nouveau Budapest tour I show you the most impressive Art Nouveau buildings of the city. Besides visiting the most well-known examples of this architecture style and admiring breathtaking stained-glass domes and ceramic roofs, you will also have the unique opportunity to discover beauties of Budapest that are hardly found in guide books.


4 hours minivan or walking* tour


minivan tour up to 4 people: 260 EUR + entrance fees
walking tour: 160 EUR + entrance fees+ public transport cost
(for a group of more than 4 people please contact me for a quotation)

Highlights visited on the Art Nouveau Budapest tour:

Postal Savings Bank – the most amazing roof in Budapest
Geological Institute
Bedő House and Secession Café
Gresham Palace
Gellert Hotel and Spa
Paris Courtyard
Ortodox synagogue
Art Nouveau villas

Is this the perfect tour for you?

YES, if you love architecture, especially Art Nouveau style
YES, if you have already seen the highlights of Budapest and now want to discover some hidden gems as well
YES, if you love taking photos of buildings and extraordinary details

My tours are always tailored to your needs and interest so do not hesitate to let me know your special request when you contact me.

Detailed description

Art Nouveau or Secession period in Hungarian architecture was brief but very productive. At the turn of the century, in the mere twenty years before the First World War several hundreds of Art Nouveau buildings were built in Budapest.
In the stormy history of Hungary this was an exception, a peaceful and flourishing period. Thanks to the economic up-turn, money was available for costly public buildings so architects received one commission after another. The most emblematic figures of the Hungarian Art Nouveau were Ödön Lechner (architect), Vilmos Zsolnay (ceramic art) and Miksa Róth (stained glass and mosaics) and a lot of others.
On our Art Nouveau Budapest tour I will show you the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings of Budapest, such as the Royal Postal Savings Bank (today the Treasury), the Museum of Applied Arts, the Geological Institute, the Gresham Palace(today Four Seasons Hotel), the Gellert Spa Bath, the Bedő House and other buildings. We look around in an Art Nouveau café (it is also a museum) and if you feel the need of a break we can have a coffe or cake in this very unique atmosphere, furnished in Art Nouveau style.
The Art Nouveau Budapest tour is available as a walking or minivan tour. As the buildings we visit are far away from each other, I suggest the minivan tour. In this case we can include more sites in the tour. Certainly, we get out of the car at each building we visit.
If you would like to take a walking tour, we will use public transport.
We will set up the route of the tour together at the beginning of the tour, depending on the location of your hotel as a starting point. Of course, if you have already seen any of the buildings we will skip those ones and add others, I am flexible.

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    About me

    My name is Magdi Pelech. I am a licenced Budapest tour guide. Would you like to have a unique private tour experience? Do you feel like having a Budapest sightseeing tour with an entusiastic guide?

    “A friend and I visited Budapest in May of 2015 when we were there for a conference. We took a couple of extra days at the beginning to see Budapest, so looked for a tour guide and found Magdi. Her profile was intriguing and we booked a private tour with her. Magdi was sensational!! She picked us up at the hotel and we spent 8 hours each of the next 2 days seeing first the Buda side of the river and then the Pest side. Her personal experience growing up, being educated in and working in Budapest was shared with us as we visited so many, many sites. It was though she knew us and was so in tune with what we liked and wanted to see, we simply walked along with her and enjoyed her vast knowledge of the city, the country and it’s complex history. She has enormous energy, exudes a lively spirit and we learned while having fun. Magdi took us to local places and knew exactly where to go and what to do to see everything. We rode buses and trams and underground trams and the Metro. My friend and I both have rheumatoid arthritis and without saying anything to her she slowed our pace or picked it up and always made sure we were on firm footing while we walked. Anyone considering a trip to Budapest will get so much more out of the visit if they see Budapest with Magdi. You will never regret it and you will have wonderful memories. We’ve since done other tours, and no one can hold a candle to what Magdi offers, because she gives of herself. Budapest will always have a place in my heart because of her!!”
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