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Budapest Arts and Culture

Take in a concert, enjoy one of the many art offerings and learn about the culture
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.7 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Arts and culture has always been very much a part of Hungarian life. Two world-renown composers, Franz Liszt and Bélá Bartók, were... more »

Tips:  It is best to take a cab or public transportation to these places as they are not always walking distance and often during the evening.

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Points of Interest

Located just opposite the Parliament, this Roman-styled building opened in the 1890s as the home of the Hungarian Supreme Court. The pillars, arches, huge stained glass windows and marble staircases of the Central Hall reek of glitz.

The museum's most interesting and permanent exhibit, “The Folklore of the Hungarian People” chronicles peasant... More

On certain Saturdays at 11am, expect to experience fine chamber music and classical concerts in the music academy's Chamber Hall. Check website for concert calendar. Tickets are 1,300 HUF(about US$5.28)It is possible to pick up an SRO ticket right before the concerts start.

Address: District VI, Liszt Ferenc tér 8, around the corner from Andrássy... More

The most grandiose of Budapest’s music venues is the Hungarian State Opera House. A pair of marble sphinx guards the driveway and statues of Franz Liszt and Ferenc Erkel (the father of the Hungarian Opera) stand alongside the entrance. The interior’s grand staircases, wood-paneled corridors, salons, four tiers of boxes and multitude of frescoes... More

4. Museum of Applied & Decorative Arts (Iparművészeti Múzeum)

A green and golden tiled dome crowns this fine example of Art Nouveau architecture. Inside, a huge glass skylight casts light on a two-leveled whitewashed interior accented with Moorish arches. The museum hosts large collections of furniture, metalwork, textiles, ceramics and glass including some works of Louis Comfort Tiffany. When it first... More

5. Budapest Festival Orchestra

It doesn’t get better than this. Directed by Iván Fischer, this orchestra has won worldwide critical acclaim. The orchestra performs at the very modern Belá Bartók National Concert Hall in the Palace of Arts. Tickets are available online, at the Liszt Ferenc Academy or at ticket merchants around Budapest.

Tel: +36 1/355-4015

Venue for concerts: ... More

6. The Bélá Bartók National Concert Hall at the Palace of Arts (Múvészetek Polatája

Opened in 2005,this ultra-modern structure is the home to the Budapest Philharmonic and sometimes to the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Opera, dance, jazz and about every other kind of music are performed here as well as applied arts and exhibitions. Its acoustics are amazing.

Address: District IX, Komor Marcell u. 1. (Located next to the National ... More