Hungarian State Opera House

The Hungarian State Opera House, or often called Budapest Opera, is located in the city center of Budapest right on Andrássy Út. It was constructed by the Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl and costructed between 1875 and 1884, the grand opening was on September 27th 1884. Since 1886 the Opera hosts the famous society event Budapest Opera Ball. Between 1980 and 1984 the Opera house was renovated completely to host the 100 year existence in 1984 with a big event.

The Budapest Opera is considered a architectural masterpiece and attracts thousands of visitors and tourists every year, even outside the actual programmes. Though it is not the biggest Opera house in the world it is considered among the best ones in terms of sound quality and beauty which is another proof for the great architectural skills by Ybl.

The main auditorium is horse shoe shaped to give the best sound experience to all visitors and gives place for 1261 people. According to an independent measurement by several European engineers the Hungarian State Opera House is placed on third place behind La Scala in Milan and the Palais Garnier in Paris and that after beeing built so long time ago and newer, bigger operas have been built in this period. In front of the opera is a statue of Ferenc Erkel, the writer of the Hungarian National Anthem and also the first music director of the Opera.

Sights around the Budapest Opera

  • Andrassy Út

Tours on which you will see the Opera

Budapest Opera Information:

Address: 1061 Budapest, Andrássy avenue 22.
Phone: +36 1 331 2550
Opening Hours: Visiting the Opera every day at 3 and 4 pm, Performances at 7 pm
Budapest Card Discount: -10%
Public transfer: M1 Opera

The Opera offers guided tours almost every day in 6 languages.
Daily: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian.
On Sundays: Hungarian
Monday and Saturday: Japanese
The price for a guided tour is 2.300 HUF for adults and 1.900 HUF for students. For children under 6 the entrance is free.

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