Budapest Art Nouveau and Hidden Tour
Budapest Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau is an ornamental style of art, running from around 1890 to 1910. It includes architecture, graphic and interior design, jewelry, ceramics, painting, glass art and metal work. Because the movement started in Europe, Budapest has many captivating buildings in this style. Our Absolute Art Nouveau and Hidden Tour offers a possibility to view the city through the lens of the decorative arts of the turn of the century. During this guided Art Nouveau and Hidden Tour you’ll discover stunning pieces of architecture and applied arts. Also this will help give you a better understanding of this International arts movement, its origins and influences. Along the way, we’ll stroll through some of the city’s clandestine courtyards and passageways. So many still remain undiscovered by other tourist and even their guide books.
On this tour you’ll discover hidden gems not shown on the normal tourist maps. From our beginning at the Opera House, from where you can admire the former Ballet Institute, the Drechsler Palace, and have a quick look at the New Theater. Then we turn into Hajós street. This is where we’ll spend a moment checking the architectural details of various famous doors and entrances. Along the way we’ll pass by the Prezi headquarter, before reaching Báthori and Vadász street. Presently Hold street is probably the prettiest street in the district. This is where you can have a glimpse of the Hungarian National Bank, the Treasury and the American Embassy. Next you’ll see the newly renovated and reopened Hold street market. Luckily this is not as touristy as the Great Market Hall. Furthermore, turning back to Liberty square, there’s a great view of the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau.
Now it’s time for a quick refreshment stop at the traditional Hungarian restaurant Urbán Betyár (there is an ethnographic museum in its basement) for a drink and a cake. As we progress between the fifth and seventh districts, the tour enters the more vibrant Jewish Quarter. Then once there, we’ll learn about the Orthodox Synagogue, Jewish history, it’s heritage and contemporary urban life. Then from here we’ll pass the former Electro-technical Museum, which today is the club “Tesla” on Kazinczy street. Finally we’ll stop at the famous Szimpla Kert which is the biggest and most famous ruin bar in the city.
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