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“Excellent evening” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Danube Palace

Danube Palace
Zrinyi utca 5, Budapest 1051, Hungary
3613172754
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Ranked #45 of 256 attractions in Budapest
Type: Concerts, Theaters
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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.
Kent
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“Excellent evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Went to see Danube Symphony Orchestra and they were really good. Only about 150 people there so small intimate venue and get a close up of how good the musicians are. Very entertaining and 4 of us really had a great night out. Would recommend.

Visited June 2013
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Wembley, United Kingdom
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“An evening beyond expectations!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Me and my partner booked a deal which included Danube Symphony Orcestra performance in Danube Palace and dinner and cruise after the concert. We went on a New Years day.
The venue was much smaller than I expected, it looked more grand and luxurous on the pictures than it is.
The performance was unexpectedly fun, as the conductor did his best to amuse and entertain the public, as well as to actually conduct the orcestra.

Visited January 2013
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“A great evening with the Danube Folk Ensemble”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Danube Palace or Duna Palota is located just behind the grand Gresham Palace Four Seasons Hotel. Its a short walk from the Chain bridge and is this beautifully appointed venue. There is a grand staircase that led us to the main auditorium with painted ceilings and walls. Its not as grand as some of the theatres in London but nevertheless is very atmospheric.
We saw the highly entertaining Hungarian Folklore by The Danube Folk Ensemble. Energetic dances including the sword dance and dance with objects and ending with ballroom dance. The lead violinist was absolutely superb. Highly recommended and would love to see the ensemble again sometime.

Visited October 2012
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“Excellent concert, but it's uncomfortable if it's hot out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

My wife and I attended a classical concert at the Danube Palace in late June. The orchestra played a varied selection of classical pieces which we enjoyed very much. The seats are comfortable, and the hall is fairly ornate with good acoustics. The entire show was about 90 minutes.

The only downside - like other concert halls in Europe, it is not air conditioned. It was about 95 degrees that day in Budapest, so the hall was pretty warm.

Visited June 2012
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Anditamas, Manager at Danube Palace, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Dear Coldbrew,

Thank you for your opinion on the concert and the Danube Palace. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the show, but are sorry that the indoor temperature was uncomfortable. We're sorry you're experience was less than satisfactory. We tried to find out what the trouble was. There are two air-conditioning systems in the theater, it was most likely turned on later and didn't leave enough time for the theater hall to cool down. Fact is, however that the building was placed under state protection because of the air-conditioning system. The original has been working ever since 1892. It was only 2005 that another modern air-conditioning system was added. You can read more about this below:

"The theater 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."

So, actually the system is more than capable of cooling the venue to a comfortable temperature. We would like to ensure our guests that we will make sure to turn both systems on well before concerts to make sure the theater cools down properly.

Kind Regards,

The Danube Palace Staff
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful concert!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

We booked tickets through Expedia before we left the UK for a concert at the Danube Palace on a Saturday evening and were really looking forward to it. We took a taxi there and initially it was hard to find as it's not a large building from the outside. It's just a very short walk from St Istvan's Cathedral in a pedestrianised street. We weren't disappointed with the setting, which was absolutely beautiful, and the Danube Symphony Orchestra were fantastic, particularly the very exuberant conductor, Andras Deak. The music performed was primarily by Hungarian and Austrian composers, popular pieces with lots of audience appeal, and very well played. A lovely evening!

Visited June 2012
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