Several businesses specialise in these city tours, which are advertised on social media, and you can book online straightaway. Some present a specific part of the city and its past, together with the local built environment. Others, however, are specialised themed walks tailored for a much narrower audience.
Architectural values and building tours
These walks typically explore architectural styles, or showcase buildings and their history that are less well known, or are rarely accessible to the general public. Or, on the contrary, they present interesting facts about Budapest’s iconic buildings and you can learn more about the historical events connected to them. The three most popular themes are Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Bauhaus, which can be viewed in the form of villas in Buda and residential buildings in downtown Pest. In the Parisi Court, for example, you can see the work of Mihály Pollack, Miksa Róth and Vilmos Zsolnay all at the same time, amid luxurious conditions. Industrial-themed tours are also extremely popular. These could include everything from the Óbuda gas plant or the underground bunkers of the Csepel industrial plant to the Kőbánya brewery and the Törley buildings in Budafok, or the ship dock on Népsziget. Similar tours are also organised by professional organisations such as the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre (KÉK).