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Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)

Enjoy an opera or ballet or simply admire the beautiful interior and exterior of this pre-1900 neo-Renaissance architectural masterpiece.

Hungary’s 300-year-long and very strong operatic tradition was given a major boost when the Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház) opened in Budapest in 1884. The building was designed by Mikós Ybl with influence from the Vienna Opera House. It now houses both the Hungarian State Opera and the Hungarian State Ballet. Its acoustics are considered among the finest in Europe, nearly as good as Milan’s La Scala and Paris’s Palais Garnier.

Enjoy both the interior and the exterior of this neo-Renaissance building. Outside the theater are statues of the well-known Hungarian composer Franz Liszt and also Ferenc Erkel who composed the Hungarian national anthem. Erkel founded the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and was the first music director of the Opera House.

Inside, see paintings and sculptures by Hungarian artists Bertalan Székely, Mór Than and Alajos Stróbl. Look up above the 1,261-seat auditorium to see the beautiful chandelier weighing 6,710 pounds (3,050 kilograms). It lights the Károly Lotz fresco of the Greek gods on Olympus in the vaulted ceiling. The entrance to the auditorium includes a wide stone staircase carpeted in red. The interior continues the opulence with plush red seats surrounded by walls and multilevel boxes shining as if they were made of pure gold. On most days guided tours are available in English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian and Spanish.

The highlights of the Opera House, however, are its performances. Many of the world’s greatest operatic singers have performed here, including Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, José Cura and Juan Diego Flórez. The opera and ballet season lasts from September through June and includes classics and occasional premieres. Book in advance if you would like to see a great opera or ballet in this special venue.

The Hungarian State Opera House is along Andrássy Avenue, near the Danube. Take the subway or bus, or walk from Heroes’ Square.

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Corinthia Budapest ¥17,553
Corinthia Budapest

Corinthia Budapest

Erzsebet krt 43-49, Budapest
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Budapest hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Kiraly Street, Hungarian State Opera House, and House of Terror. St. Stephen's Basilica and Heroes' Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oktogon Station is only a 5-minute walk and Vorosmarty Street Station is 8 minutes.

    Continental Hotel Budapest ¥10,153
    Continental Hotel Budapest

    Continental Hotel Budapest

    Dohany Utca 42-44, Budapest
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Erzsebetvaros, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Blaha Lujza Square and Dohany Street Synagogue. Hungarian State Opera House and Hungarian National Museum are also within 15 minutes. Blaha Lujza ter Station is only a 4-minute walk and Astoria Station is 7 minutes.

      Prestige Hotel Budapest ¥13,780
      Prestige Hotel Budapest

      Prestige Hotel Budapest

      Vigyázó Ferenc utca 5, Budapest
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Inner City Budapest, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Danube Palace and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. St. Stephen's Basilica and Parliament Building are also within 15 minutes. Arany Janos Street Station is 8 minutes by foot and Kossuth Lajos ter Station is 8 minutes.

        K+K Hotel Opera Budapest ¥6,307
        K+K Hotel Opera Budapest

        K+K Hotel Opera Budapest

        Revay Utca 24, Budapest
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Terezvaros, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hungarian State Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica, and House of Terror. Szechenyi Chain Bridge and Dohany Street Synagogue are also within 15 minutes. Opera Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street Station is 4 minutes.

          Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center ¥6,362
          Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center

          Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center

          Kossuth Lajos utca 19-21, Budapest
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Inner City Budapest, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dohany Street Synagogue and Hungarian National Museum. St. Stephen's Basilica and Hungarian State Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Astoria Station is only a 2-minute walk and Ferenciek Square Station is 4 minutes.

            Hotel Moments Budapest ¥13,237
            Hotel Moments Budapest

            Hotel Moments Budapest

            Andrássy út 8., Budapest
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Terezvaros, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Andrassy Avenue, Hungarian State Opera House, and Gozsdu Courtyard. St. Stephen's Basilica and Dohany Street Synagogue are also within 10 minutes. Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street Station and Opera Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Callas House ¥11,006
              Callas House

              Callas House

              Andrássy út 20., Budapest
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Terezvaros, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hungarian State Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica, and House of Terror. Szechenyi Chain Bridge and Dohany Street Synagogue are also within 15 minutes. Opera Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street Station is 4 minutes.

                Hotel President ¥10,181
                Hotel President

                Hotel President

                Hold utca 3-5, Budapest
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Inner City Budapest, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Stephen's Basilica and Hungarian State Opera House. Parliament Building and Szechenyi Chain Bridge are also within 15 minutes. Arany Janos Street Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street Station is 8 minutes.