Top Choice Concert Venue in Southern Pest

Palace of Arts

The main concert halls at this palatial arts centre by the Danube and just opposite the National Theatre are the 1700-seat Béla Bartók National Concert Hall (Bartók Béla Nemzeti Hangversenyterem) and the smaller Fes…
Opera in Parliament & Around

Budapest Operetta

This theatre presents operettas, which are always a riot, especially campy ones like The Gypsy Princess by Imre Kálmán or Ferenc Lehár’s The Merry Widow, with their over-the-top staging and costumes. Think baroque G…
Live Music in Belváros


On a boat moored on the Danube off the northern end of V Vigadó tér, this club’s nightly live music includes jazz, with big-name local and international bands. Music starts at 7.30pm and there are usually two concer…
Opera in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Hungarian State Opera House

The gorgeous neo-Renaissance opera house is worth a visit as much to admire the incredibly rich decoration inside as to view a performance and hear the perfect acoustics.
Theatre in Belváros

József Katona Theatre

The József Katona Theatre is the best known in Hungary and is a public enterprise supported mainly by the city of Budapest. Its studio theatre, Kamra, hosts some of the best troupes in the country.
Dance in Castle District

National Dance Theatre

The National Dance Theatre on Castle Hill hosts at some point every troupe in the city, including the national ballet company and the Budapest Dance Theatre (www.budapestdancetheatre.hu), one of the most exciting co…
Dance in Southern Pest

Trafó House of Contemporary Arts

This hip stage in Ferencváros presents a mixture of music, theatre and especially the cream of the crop of dance, including a good pull of international acts. Also has a gallery and club.
Live Music in Gellért Hill & Tabán

Fonó Buda Music House

This venue has táncház programs several times a week (especially on Wednesday) at 8pm, as well as concerts by big-name bands (mostly playing world music) throughout the month; it’s one of the best venues in town for…
Theatre in Óbuda & Buda Hills

International Buda Stage

Further afield on the way to the Buda Hills, the theatre at the International Business School is a relative newcomer and has occasional performances – often comedies – in English as well as folk music and dance spec…
Dance in Gellért Hill & Tabán

Mu Színház

Virtually everyone involved in the Hungarian dance scene got their start at this landmark place in south Buda, where excellent modern-dance performances can still be enjoyed.