Opened in September 1884 the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest was built with acoustic to rival the greatest opera houses in Europe at that time – those of Paris, Vienna, Milan and Dresden.
On the outside you can see Egyptian style lions and statues of famous opera composers Ference Liszt, Mozart, Verdi and Puccini.
Its stunning architecture were the work of the great Hungarian architect Miklós Ybr who also complete the construction of St Stephen’s Basilica and designed parts of Buda Castle.
Guided tours are conducted at 3pm and 4pm daily, in 6 languages, which will give you the opportunity to view the incredibly ornate interior, also the work of Miklós Ybl.
Ballet and opera performances take place most days. Tickets are available online with prices ranging from approximately 3,000HUF to 15,000HUF depending on the performance.
The opera house itself is sited where Andrássy út – perhaps the equivalent of Bond Street in London with all the top many top international fashion and accessory brands represented including Gucci, Burberry, Louis Vouitton and others – meets Hájos utca, a largely pedestrianised street home to the Opera House Garden Hotel and lots of little bars and restaurants.
There are plenty of good restaurants near the Opera House in Budapest which you maybe interested in checking out before or after your sightseeing.
- Address: 1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 22.
- Telephone: +36-1-814-7100
- Website: http://www.opera.hu
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Operahaz
- Virtual Tour: http://www.budapestiutcak.com/Andrassy/ugyfel/Opera/Opera_hun.html