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Danube Palace

Zrinyi utca 5, Budapest 1051, Hungary
3613172754
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Ranked #39 of 238 attractions in Budapest
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Type: Concerts, Theaters
Owner description: The Danube Palace was built between 1883 and 1885, in a splendid Neo-Baroque style according to the plans of Vilmos Freund. At that time it was known... more » Owner description: The Danube Palace was built between 1883 and 1885, in a splendid Neo-Baroque style according to the plans of Vilmos Freund. At that time it was known as the casino of Lipótváros – but not in the term of gambling, but an aristocratic club for entertainment. From its built till the Second World War the Palace served as a place of culture, supported many young artists, and even Bartók, Kodály, Dvorák played in its first-class concert hall. Since 1951 the building was carrying out the cultural programs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.Nowadays the beautiful halls and rooms of the Danube Palace are hosting cultural, social and gala events like weddings and theatre performances. The restaurant on the first floor of the building is only open for private events. It often holds welcome receptions for diplomats arriving to Budapest. The balconies, the staircase and the ceiling were made from wood of oak. In the restaurant the viewer can see how an original baroque ceiling should look like. Originally, the whole palace was decorated with gold motifs, what can be familiar from Baroque churches.The Brown Salon and the Széchenyi Salon are also very nice and elegant rooms of the Palace. For example some parts of the film Evita - with Madonna in the main role - was shot in the Brown Salon. As the other rooms of the Danube Palace, these salons are often rented for various events.After the Second World War the building was nationalised by the communist government. Some changes were made in the house during that era; however, most of them were restored to their original shape. Only a stained-glass composition remained unharmed above the staircase of the restaurant. It is really unique in its own way: It’s an artistic composition from the socialist regime. Artistic, but propagandised: Happy labourers dancing and feasting, while in the foreground a Hungarian soldier holds our national flag, accompanied by two young ladies with red flags – reminding us to the Soviet Union.The beautiful theatre hall is the reason why the building is under protection as part of our national heritage. One of the reasons is the ceiling because the dome is inside. The other reason is that the theatre hall has an air-conditioning system from the 19th century. Simple, smart and effective: The cleverly covered tunnels on the wall are dragging cold air from the cellar based on simple pressure difference. Nowadays this old system is assisted by a modern air-conditioning system as well. Above the stage a lyre can be seen. It is an original decoration, but in the Socialist regime, the Soviet coat of arm could be seen there.The paintings of the theatre hall were painted by Lajos Márk. « less
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We loved it! Excellent music, excellent dancing! It's clear that the musicians and dancers love sharing their culture and traditions with the audience. They danced and played hard. It was an honor to be there.

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Luxulyan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Fantastic Classical New Years Day Concert :) Great location , easy to find and collect tickets at the door. Beautiful old building and great music, my first but not last classical concert, partner loved it an she is a classic fan

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We went to the New Years Day chamber concert, great choice of pieces that are reognisable and enjoyable.

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Paris
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Not worth the money. It's cute, but we left half way through. The venue is pretty but needs refurbishing. It was just a local dance show. Better to use your money for a ballet....

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

An excellent performance by the orchestra which has played in more than 110 countries. The Folk Dances were of very high quality.100% entertainment. I would recommend the show to everyone visiting Hungary. Also try taking a Dinner Cruise on the Danube, with music.It's worth it.

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Brüssel, Belgien
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

First of all the Duna Palota (or Danube Palace) is a theatre, not a castle or alike. Easily reachable by tram line 2 (stop 'Eötvös tér'), located in the pedestrian zone left of the Four Seasons Gresham. The Palace apparently has lost of its earlier glamour but the reason you come here is to listen to or view perfomances which... More

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Budapest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It is just a great experience.The whole of the city can be seen from the hill on which the Palace is built.. Come and enjoy..Lots of reastaurants, bars, coffee houses and your camera will never stop clicking ( if cameras do that nowadays)

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Denver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

I saw the symphony in September 2013. The program last approximately 90 minutes with a short intermission. Although geared towards tourists, the musicians are professional and the conductor did a masterful job in invigorating the audience and it was absolutely enjoyable. If I am ever back in Budapest I would see this show again.

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Morristown, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We saw a performance of the Danube Folk Ensemble at the Duna Palota / Danube Palace. We booked the tickets on-line before leaving home for our trip to Budapest. I think that many tour groups attend, so I was worried that if we waited until our arrival, then we might not be able to get tickets. The performance was very... More

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We attended this show in August 2013 and had a thoroughly great experience. This was an excellent show and I would recommend it if you are in Budapest. Some great musicians and dancers.

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