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State Opera House, Budapest: 59 reviews and 110 photos

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by antistar

One of the stand out buildings in Budapest and Andrassy Ut is the Opera. Not only is it an impressive looking building, it also sounds impressive too. According to some recent studies it still has some of the best acoustics of any opera house in Europe, and ranked third after Milan's La Scala, and the Paris Opera House.

So you get top class productions, in one of the best sounding opera houses in the world, and what do you pay for this? Well even for some of the most expensive productions, you can get tickets for as little as 600 forints (about 2-3 euros). Better seats cost anything up to around 50 euros a ticket, but even at those prices it's a bargain. With value like that, you'll have to book a long way ahead to get into some of the most popular shows.

If you can't catch a show, you can always take a guided tour. They are available in several languages (my Hungarian teacher takes tours around in English) and can be taken most days of the week. My teacher is currently there on Monday's straight after my lesson!

If you do go to the opera on an evening, you might want to dress up for the occasion. You won't be turned away if you turn up in rags, but you'll feel out of place.

Address: Andrássy út 20.
Directions: Take the M1 to Opera.
Phone: +36 (1) 332-7914
Website: http://www.opera.hu

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 24, 2013
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I went to a performance in this opera house 44 years ago ? but it was the world premiere of a new opera that didn?t make much of an impression and has since been forgotten.

    • antistar's Profile Photo
      Nov 18, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      I really wanted to see an opera here but never got around to it. Like visiting Lake Balaton there was always "another day" to do that. I will have to go back one day as I will need to show my son where he was born. So I will put visiting the opera at the top of my "things to do" list :).

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