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There are many great cultural events, venues, places and experiences in Budapest.

By attending a folklore show, enjoying a Danube Cruise or seeing an Opera performance, you may enrich your visit! Please find below some of the most recommended cultural programs, best or most interesting museums and most iconic cafés. I am happy to make reservations for you for some of them  - just let me know, what you would like to see or do!

CRUISES

DUNA BELLA DAYTIME CRUISE

 

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Duna Bella is a daytime sightseeing cruise on the Danube. The boat tour departs from the center of Budapest. During the trip you are guided by the two parts of the city as "Buda" and "Pest" are telling you their fabulous stories about the charming curiosities along the river. This dialogue ends at Margaret Island, where you have the possibility to participate in a one hour walking tour. (To skip Margaret Island tour: stay on board! The ship stops only for 5 minutes. Those who are walking, will return with the next boat.) Following the island break the boat turns towards the town again, but the show is not over yet. The final 15 minutes is full of surprises!

 

Duration: 1 or 2 hours

Location: Budapest, Vigadó tér, Pier 7 (right in front of Marriott hotel at the river)

Ticket Price: 13€/person

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DANUBE LEGEND EVENING CRUISE

 

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Danube Legend is an evening sightseeing cruise on the river Danube, combined with a sound and vision show. The boat departs from the center of Budapest and makes an hour round trip in the city. While you are enchanted by the illuminated sights, famous Hungarian historical personalities, kings, queens, poets, inventors even the Danube tells you legendary stories about the town. Through TV screens - hanged everywhere on board - you will be able to look behind the walls of the buildings passing by, to admire the hidden interiors. The program ends with the Blue Danube waltz which will whisper in your ears anytime you will remember the tour.

 

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Budapest, Vigadó tér, Pier 7 (right in front of Marriott hotel at the river)

Ticket Price: 19€/person

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DINNER CRUISES

 

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Budapest is said to be the only real Danube capital. No doubt, the river which flows right through its heart, the illuminated bridges at night, the Parliament building and the Royal Palace give Budapest an unparalleled atmosphere. We would like to invite you to see the Danube capital in the romantic atmosphere of a dinner by candlelight surrounded by the friendly lights of the Danube capital. In the romantic candlelight atmosphere you can enjoy the wonderful view of the city swimming in light. After dinner you can also admire the panorama from the open upper deck of the ship. The DINNER & CRUISE program is also available without dinner. If you book a cruise only with drinks, you can enjoy the beautiful night panorama over a glass of champagne and another glass of soft drink, wine or beer.

 

Ticket Prices: Dinner & Cruise: from 50€

Location: 1055 Budapest, Zrinyi utca 5.

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CONCERTS

FOLKLORE SHOW

 

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The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble , the Danube Folk Ensemble and Rajkó Folk Ensemble are three of the best Hungarian folk ensembles with the longest tradition (the first one was formed in 1951, and the second one in 1957), which have performances all around the country and abroad. All the three of the Ensembles consist of 30 artists.

Their choreographies are based on authentic dances. Some of them were collected in isolated villages and date back hundreds of years.

Through the performed dances you can get a broad view of the music, dance and costume heritage of Hungary and the Hungarian inhabited areas.

 

Duration: 1,5 hours /Starting Time: 20.00h

Ticket Price: 37€/person

Location: 1055 Budapest, Zrinyi utca 5.

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BUDAPEST GALA CONCERT

 

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Musical show with true Hungarian flavor.

Music always had a special place in the Hungarian culture. The country's unique folklore traditions, its numerous world famous composers and musicians had great influence in the European music life inspiring numerous foreign composers and artists.

The show combines all the captivating elements of Classical, Operetta, Hungarian folk and Gypsy music, forming a truly exciting and precious event. One of the most famous Hungarian classical music ensembles, the Danube Symphony Orchestra is leading the performance, accompanied by professional ballet dancers for a more complex and vivid experience. To make the experience more colorful, a special Hungarian instrument, the "cimbalom"  will be introduced. It is a truly unique traditional stringed instrument, which provides perfect harmony, accompanying the grand symphonic orchestra.

 

Ticket Prices: from 32€/person

Location: 1055 Budapest, Zrinyi utca 5.

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ORGAN CONCERT in ST STEPHEN BASILICA

 

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The 100 year-old church, one of the most important icons of Budapest gives home to this grandiose series that will sure to move you, if you consider yourself a fan of the classics.

Indulge in a 70 minute performance by celebrated Hungarian organ artist Miklós Teleki and his small ensemble of an award winning opera singer Kolos Kováts and a talented flute artist from the Danube Symphonic Orchestra Eleonora Krusic.

The basilica, named after the first king and state founder of Hungary, is the largest building of Budapest, a holy sanctuary in which a concert experience takes on a whole new, spiritual meaning. Enjoy music from the greatest Hungarian and international composers such as Liszt, Vivaldi and Bach presented by three amazing local artists on a truly authentic Hungarian evening.

 

Ticket Prices: from 32€/person

Location: 1055 Budapest, Zrinyi utca 5.

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MUSIC VENUES

Hungarian State Opera House

The beautiful neo-renaissance building was designed by the famous Hungarian architect, Miklós Ybl and was completed in 1884. Its repertoire includes wonderful Opera and ballet performances. There is also a possibility to tour this magnificent building every day at 2,3 & 4pm.

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Palace of Arts

MUPA Budapest was built to represent more than 100 years of Hungarian cultural history. There are three institutions housed in the building – the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall at its core, the Ludwig Museum and the Festival Theatre. The primary cultural purpose of Müpa Budapest is to fill a void in Hungarian culture, yet its world-class technical features make it an outstanding work of Hungarian and International architecture.

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Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music

Founded in 1875, the Liszt Academy is the only institution bearing the name of Ferenc Liszt in which the great composer himself had an active role in establishing. The university, which has been functioning for more than 140 years, is the bastion of music teaching and musicology in Hungary. The Liszt Academy is also an exemplary cultural institution of the highest standard in Budapest. There are guided tours to see this exceptional building every day at 1.30pm.

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Vigado Concert Hall

The origin of the building dates back to 1829, however it had a very stormy history. The Vigadó hosted performances by Johann Strauss Jr., Mascagni, Dvořak, Debussy and Arthur Rubinstein. Ernő Dohnányi had his first solo concert here. Béla Bartók and Annie Fischer made their debuts here in 1905 and 1932 respectively. The concert hall had been beautifully renovated in 2014. There are guided tours to see the concert hall.

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Opus Jazz Club

Opus Jazz Club presents the exciting artists and bands from the European and Hungarian jazz scene from Tuesday to Saturday each Week at Budapest Music Center. With its outstanding concert programme, acoustics, and gastronomy, Opus rightfully earns its place among the top European jazz clubs, attracting International jazz fans as well as a wider range of music lovers with an ear for fresh music.

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Budapest Jazz Club

If you are looking for light, but still quality entertainment, if you feel you are committed to jazz or you are about to get the first taste of it, join the center of jazz life, the Budapest Jazz Club! Besides the impressive palace interior and the exceptional sound quality, there is also a friendly jazz café and bistro-style restaurant. You can enjoy the sounds of a Steinway B model in the Club, and a Blüthner piano in the café.

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SPAS

Gellért Spa

Gellért Spa was opened in 1918 and soon it became the meeting point of the European aristocracy. Gellért Spa is famous for its main hall with gallery and glass roof, built in Art-Nouveau style. The current bath complex and hotel was opened in 1918 and was expanded in 1927 and 1934 with an artificial wave pool and with a bubble bath. The complex also includes saunas and plunge pools an open-air swimming pool which can create artificial waves every 30 minutes and an effervescent swimming pool. A Finnish sauna with cold pool is also enclosed within the complex.

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Széchenyi Bath

Széchenyi Bath was opened in 1913 and is one of the world’s most fascinating thermal baths. Széchenyi Spa – which is located in the City Park - has 15 indoor and 3 outdoor pools, 10 saunas and steam rooms, several massage therapies, water aerobics, cellulite treatments and many other beauty treatments.

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Rudas Spa

Rudas thermal Bath is considered as one of the most beautiful Turkish-style spas in the world. The bath was built mid-sixteenth century during the Ottoman rule and the structure is similar to the Turkish baths in Istanbul. Rudas Thermal Bath was constructed in three different periods. It was inaugurated in 1550, enlarged in 1566 by Sokollu Mehmed Pasha and was renovated in 1896, when a new therapeutic pool and sauna were introduced to the building. The last renovation took place in 2006.

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MUSEUMS

Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts which was opened in 1906 is considered to be among the most important European art museums. Its permanent collections include Hungarian and International art from antiquity until the end of the 18th century. Its temporary exhibitions always attract thousands of visitors. The museum building on its own is worth a visit!

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Hungarian Houses of Parliament

The Hungarian Parliament building – completed in 1904 - is the most monumental building of the entire country. It is a true symbol of the turn of the century splendor and golden age that Hungary has experienced, as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is a functional Parliament building – not a museum – however a visit is definitely worthwhile!

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National Gallery

If you are interested in local, Hungarian art, the best museum for you is the Hungarian National Gallery! The greatest Hungarian painters and sculptors have their masterpieces here, together with such curiosities, as the late gothic altarpieces. The Gallery is located in the former Royal Palace, on the Buda side.

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Hungarian National Museum

This emblematic museum even played an important role in the Hungarian War of Independence in 1848-49. Today it offers a broad selection of exhibitions from Hungarian history, trough the Roman times until the modern times.

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Holocaust Memorial Centre

The Holocaust Memorial Center is a national institution established by the Government in 1999. In 2002, the building was constructed in Páva Street, outside of the traditional Jewish quarter, further emphasizing its national character. The Holocaust Memorial Center is one of the few institutions in the world, established by the state, that focuses entirely on Holocaust research and education.

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Budapest History Museum

The History Museum which opened in 1967 is located inside the former Royal Palace of Hungary. Among the many interesting exhibitions there is a remarkable one called “Shadow and light” which guides the visitor through the 1000 years history of this region.

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Hospital in the Rock

A truly unique, underground cave system that was converted into a secret military hospital and later a nuclear bomb shelter. For decades it was kept intact “just in case” but was never used again as a hospital. In 2008 it reopened as a museum. It is a must see for nurses and doctors and history buffs who love World War II and the cold war.

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House of Terror

The museum is really recommended to those who would like to gain a deeper understanding of communism, how it worked, how it affected all layers of society, what was the fundamental, structural and ideological basis for it. The actual building used to be the headquarter of the secret police until 1956.

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Memento Park

Memento Park is a huge open-air museum just outside of Budapest, dedicated to monumental statues and sculpted plaques from the communist regime. There are statues of Lenin, Marx and Engels, as well as several Hungarian Communist leaders. The park was designed by Hungarian architect Ákos Előd in 1991.

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Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum

The museum was opened in 1986 in the flat where Franz Liszt used to live during the last 5 years of his life (1881-86). As founder and professor of the Hungarian Academy of Music, he has not accepted any financial remuneration, only this flat where he has stayed. His music instruments, furniture, books and notes are all on display here.

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Béla Bartók Memorial Museum

The Béla Bartók Memorial House was the greatest Hungarian composer’s last home in Budapest and Hungary. Bartók and his family lived in this eclectic style villa until October, 1940. The museum was inaugurated in 1981 on the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth and refurbished considerably in 2006. The primary aim of the Memorial House is to present the composer’s home in its almost original state, complete with his furniture, piano, clothes, work equipment and articles for personal use carefully preserved by the family and the composer’s legal successor.

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Victor Vasarely Museum

Victor Vasarely was a French-Hungarian artist credited as the grandfather and leader of the Op Art movement. Utilizing geometric shapes and colorful graphics, the artist created compelling illusions of spatial depth, as seen in his work Vega-Nor (1969). Vasarely’s method of painting borrowed from a range of influences, including Bauhaus design principles, Wassily Kandinsky and Constructivism.

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Aquincum Museum and Archaeological Park

Aquincum museum is a really interesting introduction to the Roman heritage found in today’s territory of Budapest!

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Hungarian Natural History Museum

Fun for everyone with life size dinosaurs, a variety of skull skeletons, minerals, rocks, and gems, coral reef displays and so much more covering 3 floors of interactive displays that will educate the whole family.

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Ludvig Museum

Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art has a selected and dynamically expanding collection, at the core of which is a donation by Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig. Its collection comprising artworks from the sixties until today, some of them always on display, the museum has a circle of international art collectors as its partners.

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Robert Capa Photography Center

A new and modern visual arts institute, the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center was opened in Budapest in December 2013. Among the tasks of the new visual institute are the organization of national and international exhibitions; the foundation of a prestigious photography award; the presentation of national and international photographers and photography workshops.

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Hall of Art

A contemporary art museum with changing exhibitions covering hand crafts, folk art, sketches, photography, sculpture, film, fashion and everything in between from Hungarian artists and International artists.

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Pinball Museum

The interactive permanent exhibition features the predecessors of pinball machines from the end of the 19th century to the most state-of-the-art pinball tables of the 21st century. It is constant fun with 130 machines on nearly 400 square meters.

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CAFÉS

Ruszwurm Cukrászda

Ruszwurm is the longest-standing pastry-maker dynasty in Budapest that is still in business. The history of this family dates back to 1827 when they opened their first confectionery. Today, Ruszwurm equals tradition. The interior design here is like stepping back in time to the Budapest of the 'golden days' and it's worth a visit just to sip tea amongst the old furniture and decorations.

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New York Café

New York Café was inaugurated in 1894 and soon became the meeting point of the Hungarian intellectual, writers, poets and artists. In 2006 the Café was restored to its original splendor, which had survived for over 100 years. Recently it was awarded the title of “the most beautiful coffee house of the world”.

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Gerbaude Café

Gerbeaud Café was founded in 1858 by Henrik Kugler and since then its pastries and cakes have become increasingly well-known. Originally it used to be the meeting point of the local aristocracy. This traditional coffee house seats up to 300 people in its many saloons and its terrace also has the same capacity.

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Művész Café

The artists from the Opera and nearby theatres have been regulars at this spot since 1898, dropping in for a black coffee and or a slice of delicious cake. To this day there are some Hungarian writers who visit, meeting friends under the giant chandeliers. The turn-of-the-century interior is an attraction in itself, while during spring/summer the terrace is popular too. One of the favourites is the aranygaluska cake, which is a walnut based creamy dessert, and when you slice into it, it oozes a delicious vanilla cream.

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Gerlóczy Café

Gerlóczy is a snug café and restaurant tucked away on an unusually quiet pocket of Budapest's downtown. The charming plaza outside the restaurant, surrounded by elegant pre-war buildings, is one of the best kept secrets of this otherwise tourist-packed neighborhood. Gerlóczy's interior evokes French bistro vibes, complete with small round tables, leather banquettes and a high ceiling.

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Central Café

Centrál Café is one of the oldest cafés and restaurants in Budapest, it opened in 1887. In the past, many artists, poets and writers met in this café to share and discuss ideas.

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