Budapest Opera House

Price guide: Mid-range

Andrassy ut 22, Budapest, 1061

Price guide: Mid-range

Opera House
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Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
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Expert review of Budapest Opera House

It’s a pleasure on the eye – and not bad on the ear either...

The Neo-Renaissance opera house on Andrássy út is one of the city’s most beautiful buildings, and is worth a look even if you’re not taking in a performance. Designed by Miklós Ybl and opened in 1884, it has a façade that features sturdy columns and statues of lauded composers like Mozart and Beethoven. Pride of place either side of the entrance goes to images of the Hungarian greats Ferenc Liszt and Ferenc Erkel – Erkel conducted the inaugural performance here and is known as ‘the father of Hungarian opera’. Inside you’ll find a sweeping staircase, frescoes by the country’s leading 19th-century artists, and an enormous chandelier that hangs over the heads of the audience. There are guided tours each afternoon.

Price advice: 

Guided tours at 3pm and 4pm daily cost 2,600 forints (adult) and 1,400 forints (concessions).

Expert tips: 
You can get some extremely cheap tickets for seats with restricted views – however, be aware that restricted really does mean restricted, and you may be able to see very little of the stage.

More information on Budapest Opera House:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Theatre / opera house / concert hall
Address:
Andrassy ut 22, Budapest, 1061
Telephone:
1 814 7100
Website:
http://www.opera.hu
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Guided tours at 3pm and 4pm daily.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Opera

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