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Every week, hundreds of thousands add to their bucket list the popular destination located on the two banks of the Danube, in the heart of Europe, in a world heritage setting, to see what a brilliant tourist spot Budapest is! There are few greater places in the world where you can experience the historic atmosphere of the city either by walking the cobbled streets or sitting on a nostalgia tram or on another wonder vehicle. The “Budapest experience” means intimacy and vibration at the same time: the dignified beauty and the bourgeois milieu of the Castle District rising above the city, the healing energies experienced in the imposing historical baths, the lively museum life, the buzzing shopping streets, the ever-renewing Jewish Quarter and the sophistication of the Michelin star restaurants.
The House of Hungarian Music where music belongs to everyone! With its diverse and colourful programme offer, it provides a wide range of musical experience for its visitors, be it an exhibition, a concert, playing music together, singing, dancing, an exciting musical education workshop or a lecture course.
The world-famous Széchenyi Spa and Swimming Pool, constructed over 100 years ago in the Renaissance style, is still one of the largest swimming pool complexes in Europe with its 21 pools. In addition to traditional curative services a variety of wellness services are also available for the price of a ticket, including a choice of 11 saunas and even aquatic gymnastics. Everyone will surely find their favourite pools here, whether they go for indoor medicinal pools, outdoor adventure pools or regular swimming pools.
Luxury services are also available at the beautifully designed and exclusive private spa section, a perfect scene for perfect relaxation in a truly romantic environment, including, for instance, massage for couples and special individual catering and amenities.
The Baroque Esterházy Castle on the shore of Öreg-tó, the “Old Lake”, visited in its heyday by emperors, kings, counts and generals, is now open to visitors, renewed as a cultural and community space. In the interiors furnished with the objects of the day, fascinating artefacts tell the story of the count’s family. The countess’s suite for instance, features the cradle in which Countess Maria Zichy rocked Miklós V, the last count raised in the town of Tata. The two bathrooms of the Castle are a true rarity, with the Dutch blue and white tiles and marble cladding that have miraculously remained intact. The animation films and the touch screen contents of the interactive exhibition staged in the fabulous baroque spaces make the stories told by the building even more realistic.
The oldest church in Budapest is the Budapest Inner City Parish Church, officially the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is partly based on the foundations of the Contra-Aquincum military fortress, which stood here from the 2nd century.
The memory of the 16th century is the mihrab, which reminds us that the church was used as a mosque during the Turkish occupation.
In the church you can find the relics of three Hungarian saints. The relic of King St. Ladislaus and St. Elizabeth of Hungary can be seen in the two Renaissance pastophoriums made in 1507 and the relic of Bishop St. Gerard in the altar.
You can take the elevator to the lookout tower of the church. You can visit two levels with a fantastic view of the Danube and the Buda side. In the Liszt Ferenc Tower, a memorial corner shows the relationship between the church and the composer Ferenc Liszt.
1056 Budapest, Március 15. tér
(at the Pest foot of the Elizabeth Bridge)
The Hungarian State Opera is the leading cultural institute in Hungary where different artistic genres are equally embraced since its foundation in 1884. The opening of the neo-renaissance Opera House in Budapest, a masterpiece built by Miklós Ybl, a major figure of 19th-century Hungarian architecture, was a long-awaited moment in Hungarian operatic life. Since then, many important figures of international music were invited here, including composer Gustav Mahler, who was music director in Budapest from 1888 to 1891 and established the international prestige of the institution, performing Wagner operas as well as Magcagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.
The Hungarian State Opera has always maintained high professional standards, inviting international stars like Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Monserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, José Cura, Thomas Hampson, Jonas Kaufmann, Juan Diego Flórez, Bryn Terfel and René Pape to perform on its stage. Regular Hungarian performers include outstanding and renowned artists such as Éva Marton, Erika Miklósa, Andrea Rost, Ildikó Komlósi and Gábor Bretz.
Following an extensive restoration and modernisation of almost five years, the refurbished Opera House was reopened in March 2022. The historic building once again welcomes visitors and audiences with a state-of-the-art stage machinery and superbly restored acoustics, as well as a constantly renewed classical repertoire alongside spectacular ballet productions, and classical concerts.
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