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Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)
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US$30.05*
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Budapest Highlights and Hidden Gems Tour with a Local
Ranked #12 of 508 things to do in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 7 July 2014

The Opera House is stunning, both inside and out. It is also very accessible. Several of the "hop on hop off" busses stop across the street. We were there in early June and able to buy tickets about 10 minutes before the tour started. However, there weren't huge crowds. Tours are offered in various languages but only a couple of times a day. During heavy tourist season it would probably be a good idea to buy the tickets earlier in the day. The interior is absolutely beautiful and the guide was very informative. We choose to buy the optional mini opera concert which was delightful.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

The opera house is a beautiful building. The tourist in June is overwhelming. It is a shame more tours of this building is not more often. The tours in various language all take place at the same time. The acoustics are incredible. Therefore, one can literally hear the other tours in a different language. One looses the impact of the history of building because soooo many guides are takin fat her same time. Our tour in English was cut short because the French guide spoke louder.


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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Second only to the old Paris Opera house. Its grand ,its elegant and its worth the trip if you are in Budapest

Thank TravelLikeaStar
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

This Opera house does not contain much of the original. Most of if is replicas. The tour was almost a complete waste of time. There were so many people and although the tours are separated by foreign languages, all the groups are walking through the Opera house at the same time. It is impossible to hear the tour guide because all the guides are speaking at the same time. While you can see the opulence it is hard to appreciate any of it thru the crowds.

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

There are so many beautiful things to see in Budapest and you might think that the Opera House is worth the visit. It's not.

Perhaps it's because I've been to more magnificent opera houses. Or that I've been on better tours. But this tour was rushed, basic, and not that great. The highlight was at the end, when, for an extra fee, a couple opera songs were song by someone who has clearly retired from the stage.

Felt like tourist cattle being herded in and out and the Opera House is lovely in its own way, but not among a "top 10" I would recommend in Budapest. Better to simply attend a performance here and enjoy it for its intended purpose.

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