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“Excellent concert, but it's uncomfortable if it's hot out”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Danube Palace

Danube Palace
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$68.79*
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Budapest Folklore Show and Danube Dinner Cruise
Ranked #94 of 438 things to do in Budapest
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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 Lipotvaros - 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 Bartok, Kodaly, Dvorak 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 Folklore performances.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Sunset Beach, NC
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“Excellent concert, but it's uncomfortable if it's hot out”
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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“Wonderful concert!”
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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Detroit, Michigan
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“Beautiful building”
Reviewed July 2, 2012 via mobile

We saw the Hungarian state folk ensemble and the Rajko string ensemble at the Danube Palace. The auditorium is a splendid room with bas-relief cherubs cradling their violins and scenes of eighteenth-century pastoral life adorning the walls and ceiling, up four flights of red-carpeted stairs (there is an elevator). We loved the building and the performance. Our tickets were 3200HUF, not bad for the best category!

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Anditamas, Owner at Danube Palace, responded to this review, August 9, 2012
Dear Joe,
Thank you for you visit and your nice review. Now I add to pictures a sitting map of Danube Palace. For other guests it will be easier to choose between the 3 categories. I hope we can meet with you next time :)
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Litchfield, Ohio
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“a most enjoyable evening”
Reviewed May 30, 2012

The Saturday evening concert by the Danube Symphony Orchestra exceeded my expectations. The venue was appealing - small, but not crowded. The musicians and conductor were great performers. They played 14 pieces, all lively, stirring music.

Visited May 2012
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asbury park, new jersey
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“Completely Unexpected Experience!”
Reviewed October 19, 2011

The Danube Palace is literally a two minute walk aound the corner from the Four Seasons Gresham Palace and up the street from Saint Istvan's. We purchased tickets for the Symphony performance this past Saturday night. The venue is rather unusual as you go into what seems like a random building and up an elevator. It almost feels as though you're entering an office building or something. But, when you arrive, the room is intimate, old and beautiful! The peformance was so wonderful, lively and fun. The conductor and the musicians had so much FUN with the music and pulled you into it with them. We HIGHLY recommend a visit! Don't let symphony scare you. We found ourselves wanting the evening to last longer and a variety of selections was played. We saw three performances while in Budapest-a ballet, an opera and the symphony. This was our favorite!!

Visited October 2011
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