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“Very depends on the artists.”

Capital Circus of Budapest
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed May 19, 2014

We (a couple) went to this circus two times and are not planning to return because of the horrible incident during our last visit that we will discribe at the end of the review.

The building itself as well as stage is very average for the circus nowadays. It feels that it was made in Soviet time and was not renovated since then. As a result, the seats are quite uncomfortable with a very limited space in front of you.

The programs are usually very average with annoying clowns, who make fun of the audiences with vulgar jokes. Even if artists come from the different contries, they still create very average performances.

The only person, who has great performances in this circus, is Laszlo Simet with his "Wheel of Death." This worldwide known circus star would not make you sleep and will excite you with his modern performances made with the help of the great music/sound design, costumes and interesting balancing tricks. The rest of the artists are usually average or below average: jugglers loose their balls, acrobats drop and clowns make unfunny jokes.

The ticket prices are usually ~6-12 euros if it is a regular performance and ~15-25 euros during international festival.

In general, we would recommend you to visit this circus as an alternative to cinema if not an incident that happened during festival in January. During the performance of the Chinese acrobats, one member dropped. We don't know what he broke, but show was stopped for 10-15 minutes in order to take him away from the stage. Kids and adults were scared and had a bad mood afterwards. It was hard to watch the remaining performances after the tragic Chinese group. Even now, we don't want to return to this circus because of being scared to see someone's fatal fall.

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Reviewed May 15, 2014

What a great day! What a great place! What a great Show! This was so much more than we expected! Even had a 9 piece LIVE orchestra! Tigers, Elephant, 7 beautiful white horses, 3 Stunning Black horses, acrobats, magicians, tumblers, 2 incredible sisters who did some remarkable acrobatics, and MUCH MUCH more!! Easy on-line booking (with a 10% discount to boot!)... Permanent building, well taken care of, and comfortable! We had guests with two girls (ages 11 and 7) and they were enthralled and so were the four adults (me, hubby and their parents)!! The best treat of all was during "intermission" the elephant handlers came back out with the big elephant and for a small charge (1500 HUF) they helped the small kids (one at at time) get on the elephant and have a professional picture taken.. ready at the end of the show... no extra charge! Our 7 year old was thrilled! This is a great thing to do, kids or adutls... Wed thru weekends... don't miss it.. YOU ARE NEVER too OLD for the Fővárosi Nagycirkusz (Circus)!!

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Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

Never been to circus before and loved it. The acrobats' act is really thrilling and exciting. Medium priced tickets (2800 huf in the web shop) provided good enough view for everything.
Get your tickets online and avoid the crowds. There is 10%-ish discount as well.

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Reviewed May 3, 2014

On the final night during a final weekend we visited this circus. It was truly great!
We enjoyed the animals as much as the various artists, who in each way did a very impressive job. And the price is very reasonable. Fantastic and a most do for adults without children as well as families during a visit here. You will enjoy ever minute.
Note: they are normally closed Monday and Tuesday and they normally perform during the afternoon (extra performances on weekends).

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

I travel to Budapest at least one a year for the past 30 years and never miss the circus. Old or young, it should not be missed. They change the show several times during the year so it is always different. It is a small venue with one ring so all seating affords an excellent view. If you have been to the Ringling Bros. circus in the USA with 3 rings I think that you will enjoy this more because you can concentrate on one act at a time. Even though the clowns speak in Hungarian everyone will laugh at their antics because what they perform is universal. I suggest you take a taxi or other public transportation because parking is nearly impossible.

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