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BUDAPEST CULTURE - CULTURE IN BUDAPEST HUNGARY

Budapest CultureBudapest Culture – Budapest is a city of theatre and culture and the citizens take their classical music, theatre, folk traditions, etc very seriously. Cultural experiences in Budapest Hungary are all over the place and here we mention just a few of the musical and theatre ones you might like to explore.

The State Opera House Budapest is splendid and you just have to see it. Find out the programme for the time you will be there, go to opera or concert and make sure to look around at the magnificent interior, the paintings on the wall, gilded ceilings etc. You’ll enjoy the music but you will be amazed at the décor. If you don’t fit in a performance there are guided tours in English around this sumptuous Opera House. In Budapest, they put on an amazing range of opera performances with an everchanging programme.

There is also the Erkel Theatre – the second opera house of Budapest – ordinary décor compared to the Budapest State Opera House – but you might prefer the opera or concert there.

Check out the Budapest Operetta Theatre – it has lighter music including musicals, etc. There are also loads of classical music concerts in a great number of venues around Budapest including St Matthias Church.

Theatre going is a big thing in Budapest, weekday evenings and matinees and evening performances at the weekend. The locals really support their Theatre (and Opera, Classical Music, etc) and it is interesting to see them coming out of a matinee performance at the weekend, semi-formally dressed.

There are some English language performances – first check out the Merlin Theatre as it is the most likely bet.

Go to a Folk and Traditional Music or Dance performance before you leave Budapest. Your hotel reception can help you with this. Excellent and authentic shows of Hungarian Dancing are put on at The Folklor Centrum with Roma Music. The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble also has a brilliant show. Make sure to include a Folk Music Night during your trip, you’ll love the local colour, music, dance etc and you might even learn a step or two of a traditional Hungarian Dance.