Recreation At the Art Colony

Budapest Grand Tour For Artists in Residence

Embark on a full-day guided tour aboard an air-conditioned Art Colony minibus, exploring the most significant sights of the Hungarian capital.

Tour Start: 9:00 Tour End: 22:00


Perched atop Gellért Hill in Budapest, Hungary, the Citadella stands as a formidable fortress with a rich historical backdrop. Constructed in 1851, this fortification was commissioned by Julius Jacob von Haynau, a commander of the Austrian Empire. Designed by architects Emmanuel Zitta and Ferenc Kasselik, the Citadella’s construction followed the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.

Strategically positioned, this fortress occupies nearly the entirety of the 235-meter-high plateau, offering both a commanding presence and breathtaking panoramic views of Budapest. The Citadella serves as a testament to Hungary’s complex history and the enduring architectural legacy left by pivotal moments in time.

The Garden of Philosophy

Nestled in a secluded corner of Budapest’s Gellért Hill, a hidden sanctuary unfolds where the world’s most revered religious figures gather in silent unity around an orb crafted “for a better mutual understanding.”

The visionary Nandor Wagner dedicated the final 15 years of his life to creating the Garden of Philosophy, not out of obligation, but driven by his innate free will. In crafting this serene space, he sought to impart a timeless message to future generations. Wagner envisioned a circular center where he placed iconic figures whose lives and spiritual legacies have profoundly influenced humanity for generations—figures such as Abraham, Akhenaten – Amenhotep IV, Jesus, Buddha, and Lao-tse. Surrounding this central nexus, statues of individuals who lived by the lofty standards and morals set forth by these central figures, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Daruma – Boddhi Dharma, and Saint Francis of Assisi, grace the outer space. Wagner’s Garden of Philosophy stands as a testament to the enduring impact of these profound personalities on the human experience.

(Nandor Wagner) (photo source)

Buda Castle

Buda Castle, the historic castle and palace complex of Hungarian kings in Budapest, has a rich history dating back to its initial completion in 1265. However, the imposing Baroque palace that dominates the site today was constructed between 1749 and 1769. This architectural masterpiece has been alternatively known as both the Royal Palace and the Royal Castle throughout its storied past. The castle not only serves as a testament to Hungary’s regal history but also stands as a captivating blend of medieval origins and Baroque grandeur. Its commanding presence on the banks of the Danube River contributes to the iconic skyline of Budapest, offering visitors a glimpse into the nation’s cultural and architectural legacy.

National Art Gallery

Founded in 1957, the Hungarian National Gallery stands as the national art museum, gracefully situated within Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary. Renowned for its comprehensive collections, the gallery showcases Hungarian art across all genres. Notably, it features works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including those of Hungarian artists who made significant contributions while working in Paris and other Western locations. As a cultural beacon, the Hungarian National Gallery offers visitors a captivating journey through the diverse and rich artistic heritage of Hungary.


Parliament Building

The Hungarian Parliament Building, located on Kossuth Square in the Pest side of Budapest, serves as the distinguished seat of the National Assembly of Hungary. This iconic landmark, designed by Hungarian architect Imre Steindl in neo-Gothic style, was opened to the public in 1902 and has since become a symbol of Hungary’s rich architectural and political heritage. Dominating the eastern bank of the Danube, the parliament building stands as the largest in Hungary, capturing the attention of both locals and tourists alike with its grandeur and historical significance. Visiting this majestic structure offers a profound glimpse into Hungary’s parliamentary history and architectural prowess.

Heroes Square

One of the prominent squares in Budapest, Hungary, Heroes’ Square stands as a major cultural and historical landmark. Renowned for its iconic statue complex, the square features the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars, alongside statues commemorating other significant Hungarian national leaders. Additionally, the square is home to the Memorial Stone of Heroes, commonly mistaken for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Positioned at the outbound end of Andrássy Avenue next to City Park (Városliget), Heroes’ Square serves as a hub of cultural significance. Notable institutions in its vicinity include the Museum of Fine Arts and the Műcsarnok, adding to the square’s status as a focal point for both art and history in Budapest.

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle, nestled in the City Park of Budapest, Hungary, holds a unique historical charm. Constructed in 1896 as an integral part of the Millennial Exhibition, commemorating 1,000 years since the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin in 895, this castle is a testament to Hungary’s rich heritage. Ignác Alpár, the architect, designed the castle to showcase replicas of significant buildings from various regions of the Kingdom of Hungary, with a particular focus on the iconic Hunyad Castle in Transylvania (now in Romania).

Boasting diverse architectural styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque, Vajdahunyad Castle initially emerged as a temporary structure made from cardboard and wood. However, its popularity prompted a reconstruction using stone and brick between 1904 and 1908. Today, the castle is home to the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, standing as the largest agricultural museum in Europe. Beyond its architectural marvel, Vajdahunyad Castle invites visitors to explore the rich tapestry of Hungary’s agricultural history and heritage.

Váci "Fashion" Street

Váci utca stands as one of the primary pedestrian thoroughfares and is widely regarded as the most renowned street in central Budapest, Hungary. This bustling street is characterized by a vibrant array of restaurants and shops, predominantly catering to the needs and interests of the tourist market. With its lively atmosphere and diverse offerings, Váci utca has become a quintessential destination, drawing both locals and visitors alike to explore its dynamic blend of retail, dining, and cultural experiences in the heart of Budapest.

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