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Danube Palace

Zrinyi utca 5, Budapest 1051, Hungary
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Ranked #43 of 274 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Danube Palace and Duna Palota are the same thing. It is a yellow building straight down the road in front of St Stephens, closer towards the river. Although it doesn't look like much from the front, or even on the inside when you collect your tickets. you march up several huge flights of stairs to discover a little Baroque gem... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Able to get tickets just a day in advance. The Palace is beautiful. Our seats were in the balcony but the acoustics and viewing ability were fantastic. The Cimbalom player was amazing!

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Alexandria, Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We attended three folk music shows in our recent Danube vacation, and this one in Budapest was by far the best. The theater is located within easy walking distance of the Chain Bridge. The performance featured a combination of traditional pieces and some by classical composers, but retrofitted back to the traditional style. The dancers were enthusiastic and seemed to... More

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Frisco, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was an entertaining evening. There was an "orchestra" of 5 violins, a viola, a base, a clarinet, and two classic Hungarian instruments like a xylophone with strings. The lead violinist and clarinet player were particularly good. There were 5 male and 5 female dancers who did several different kinds of dances in different costumes. They were also entertaining (I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The Danube Palace was right behind my hotel so I went to see a performance of Hungarian Folk Dances. It was touristy but gave me an insight into the dance styles and costumes of traditional Hungary in a lovely art deco building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Yes, the audience will all be tourists. And yes, you will overpay somewhat for tickets. I tried to find something more authentic but couldn't. We saw the danube dance company - the dancing and music was great - a cut above some of the other shows we saw. I recommend balcony seats - but in the third and fourth rows.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Worth a visit. Lots of vivacious violin music and jolly dancing (maybe a bit touristy). Take earplugs to ward off the dreadful squawking that constitutes 'singing'.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Excellent concert with a twist have been once before and enjoyed the music just as much this time, wonderful harpist.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This was well worth visiting, although our seats were not the best. We had front row seats on the balcony in Row 1 Seats 1 and 2, but the balcony curved strangely and inhibited our view. The theatre itself seemed very tired and a bit run down, with no bar before the performance started. However, the evening itself was delightful... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Entertaining, performance was energetic. The dancers were excellent and conveyed joy of dance to the audience. I have seen highland dance and some Ukrainian folk dance and this performance was superb. The second time I attended a performance here. I was in Budapest with my granddaughter and liked it so much I wanted her to see and she enjoyed it... More

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