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Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)

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This magnificent new-Renaissance style structure, completed in 1884 and modeled after the Vienna Opera House, is home to both the State Opera and the State Ballet.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Andrassy ut 22, Budapest 1061, Hungary
+36 1 331 2550
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 August 2012

The opera house is beautiful and the guided tour is excelllent. You can also be treated to a ten minute rendition by an opera singer. You can also stand where Madonna delivered one of her speeches in the film Evita!

23  Thank glitteringprize
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 January 2006

We went to 4 operas in Budapest over 4 nights - two at the State Opera House (Mozart's Don Giovani & Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth) and two at the Erkel Theatre (Verdi's Rigoletto and Bellini's Norma). Despite the fact that the State Opera gets all the...More

14  Thank MHMDublin
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Reviewed yesterday

Walked along Andrassy Street to see the Opera House but it is completely under construction and all covered up so you can't see it.

Thank hulagirlSurrey
Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful building is still being renovated, so the auditorium is inaccessible which is why it doesn't get 5 stars, but don't let that put you off going to see the rest. A lot of effort and love has gone into the renovation. Tours are...More

Thank Pat S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As title states you see very little as the auditorium is closed for months. Price should reflect this I think. Nice touch to have some opera sung in lieu of seeing inside but you really do see very little. Shame as we’re unlikely to return....More

Thank Tuckumbo11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is an excellent building and highly ornamental. It was constructed in 1884. It's auditorium has a capacity of 1300 persons. Regular shows of ballet, concert and opera are conducted. Presently renovation work is going in some portions.

Thank anjanghosh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful. The interior is stunning and worth the time. We even had singers on the staircase. The tour director was very knowledgeable and had wonderful stories. What a great landmark of Hungary.

Thank JenniferT2550
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

By the time I reached Budapest, we had visited the major sights in Paris and Amsterdam, so I was getting somewhat tired of guided tours. am I ever glad that we did this one. It's a sweet 45 minute jaunt through one of the most...More

Thank Steve J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The opera house is being renovated, so you can't see the building on the outside and the main concert area is closed to the public, but you still can get a tour of the hallways, the old smoking area, the foyer and the grand stair...More

Thank MitchMitch52
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've had the pleasure of touring the Opera House as well as attending two ballets there during previous trips to Budapest. At the moment the Opera House is having major renovation works undertaken and it is surrounded by a big shroud.

Thank Leslie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cheap seats to first class classical music, ballet and opera. I bought tickets over the internet, but you could easily buy them at the venue box office, and had a fabulous night at the ballet where the company was in fine form! Getting there was...More

1  Thank cwate7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sadly not much to see at the moment as it appears to be under renovation. From the write up will be very impressive when reopened.

Thank Jan R
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26 June 2018|
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Response from Val L | Reviewed this property |
The auditorium is being renovated as is exterior still can have tour round some areas and some opera singers sing to you afterwards
28 March 2018|
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Response from TomWall60 | Reviewed this property |
I does not appear that you can tour other than during their scheduled time. It will be crowded and due to construction. limiting. It is also suggested that you skip the cost for the mini concert. It is one singer doing two... More
14 February 2018|
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Response from Anne R | Reviewed this property |
It is only possible to walk around the bottom floor without the tour. Don't recall how much we paid but felt it was reasonable.
13 May 2017|
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Response from Travelledabit | Reviewed this property |
Not aware of any construction. As another traveller says, the very impressive building opposite is covered in scaffolding and there may be confusion between the two.