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Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)

Andrassy ut 22, Budapest VI, Hungary
1-331-2550, 1-332-8197
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Ranked #12 of 261 attractions in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Operas, Architectural Buildings
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This magnificent new-Renaissance style structure, completed in 1884 and modeled after the Vienna Opera House, is home to both the State Opera and the... more » Owner description: This magnificent new-Renaissance style structure, completed in 1884 and modeled after the Vienna Opera House, is home to both the State Opera and the State Ballet. « less
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Southeastern PA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

We bought $5 tickets in advance to a performance of the symphony. We went inside the lobby & got a quick look around, but were then sent outside and around the corner to enter a side door to climb MANY stairs to get to our seats. This is not a handicapped friendly location! The music was wonderful and the interior... More

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New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

History comes alive at this intimate theater. You can imagine the carriages bringing the 19th C aristocrats up the cobble stone ramp to the portico main entrance. As other reviewers have mentioned, the first row of the boxes are recommended, but compared to other famous opera houses around the world, anywhere you sit the tickets are inexpensive. We were lucky... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2011

Wonderful evening- world class singers, and beautiful environment. The house was packed. Lines at cloakroom and at bars during the interval are incredibly fast, but doors sdo not open until 30 mins before performance.

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Chicago, Illinois
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90 reviews 90 reviews
41 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2011

What a pleasant surprise. Having only a short time (one day) in Budapest, I struggled with what to include for sightseeing. I'm so glad we went here. The architecture of the building is striking, and the interiors, unlike Vienna's, are still original. I took dozens of photos, and the small group tour size meant everyone could see/hear everything that was... More

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Birmingham
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2011

Saw Cosi Fan Tutte. Fantastic performance and the opera house is small enough for it to feel 'intimate'. If you can afford it go for seats in the front row of the boxes - we were in the centre, 2nd floor, and the view was great. Tickets were bought online and cost 8900 HUF - about £27 each. If you... More

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Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2010

Greetings & Good Cheer, A must for any Budapest visit. The guides are knowledgeable and friendly. Price to value ratio = excellent. Opt for the "mini concert" at end of tour. It' short but a real treat. I had cause to communicate with the office staff prior to arrival, and believe me when I say, warm, friendly, and very enthusiastic... More

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Newbury, Berkshire
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010 via mobile

We went on a tour as part the English group. Our Tour guide was immensely pushy. Despite paying an extra 500HUF to take photographs our tour guide left us absolutely no time to tame the after she had finished her blurb. She even had the tenacity to "tell off" some Americans for taking photographs when the rest of the group... More

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Orlando, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

I really enjoyed touring the Hungarian Opera House. My husband and I went to both Budapest and Vienna, so we were able to tour the opera houses in both cities within a couple of days of one another to compare them. I liked both very much, as the buildings are extremely beautiful inside and out. The only issue with the... More

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boston
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

Of all the tours we have ever taken in all the cities we have visited his one is amongst the worst. For the relatively high price of 2850 HUF (about $15) each you get to stand in a very hot line to buy tickets, get to stand in another line to enter into the foyer, and get to stand as... More

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Ireland
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2010

The building itself is wonderful - the prices are fantastic (buy your tickets online) - you won't get cheaper tickets to an Opera/Ballet anywhere else in Europe. This is an experience that will stay with you - isn't that what travel is all about....! I saw Bizet's Carmen - but really, it is the atmosphere, and the sense of history... More

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