Must-see entertainment in Hungary

  • Toldi Artmozi

    An arthouse cinema and cafe by day, a hipster nightclub by night, Toldi is a unique hangout for Budapest's trendy, film-loving crowd. Films are usually…

  • Urania National Cinema

    This tarted-up film palace is an art deco/neo-Moorish extravaganza showing mostly arthouse films in their original language with Hungarian subtitles. It…

  • Budapest Puppet Theatre

    The city’s puppet theatre presents shows designed for children at 10am or 10.30am, and 2.30pm or 3pm. Performances usually don’t require fluency in…

  • Mu Színház

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

  • National Theatre

    This rather eclectic venue is the place to go if you want to brave a play in Hungarian or just check out the theatre’s bizarre architecture.

  • Óbuda Society

    This very intimate venue in Óbuda takes its music seriously and hosts recitals and some chamber orchestras. Highly recommended.

  • Puskin Art Mozi

    The long-established ‘Pushkin Art Cinema’ shows a healthy mix of art-house and popular releases.

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    Groupama Arena

    Rebuilt on the site of the Flórián Albert Stadium opposite Népliget bus station, branded Groupama Arena is home to Ferencvárosi Torna Club (,…

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    Roncs Bár

    A ruin bar that would do Budapest proud, the 'Wreck' has random old stuff – guitars, bikes, a disintegrating light aircraft – strewn both within a large…

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    Moored on the Buda side just south of Petőfi Bridge, the A38 is a decommissioned Ukrainian stone hauler from 1968 that has been recycled as a major live…

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    József Katona Theatre

    The József Katona Theatre is the best-known playhouse in Hungary, hosting a varied repertoire of performances, from Shakespeare plays and Waiting for…

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    Budai Vigadó

    The artistes of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (Magyar Állami Népi Együttes) perform at this venue, also known as the Hagyományok Háza (Hungarian…

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    Bethlen Square Theatre

    This small and atmospheric theatre puts on drama, dance and puppet shows. There’s a good cafe, a gallery and the celebrated Central European Dance Theatre…

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    Ladó Café

    An unassuming place by day with decent food (mains 3950Ft to 6650Ft) and excellent service, the Ladó comes into its own at 8pm most nights when it hosts…

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    Csokonai Theatre

    Three-tier gilt balconies, ornate ceiling frescoes and elaborate chandeliers: the Csokonai is everything a 19th-century theatre should be. Musicals and…

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    József Katona Theatre

    This attractive 19th-century theatre named after the eponymous local boy who brought new life to Hungarian theatre stages dramatic works, as well as…

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    Pécs National Theatre

    Pécs is renowned for its opera company and the Sophianae Ballet, both of which perform at this theatre. Advance tickets can be purchased from the theatre…

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    László Papp Budapest Sportaréna

    This purpose-built 12,500-seat arena named after a local boxing great is where big local and international acts like Lady Gaga, Rod Stewart and Metallica…

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    Pesti Vigadó

    Pesti Vigadó, the Romantic-style concert hall built in 1865 and recently renovated, hosts classical concerts and other performances in opulent surrounds.

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    Petőfi Theatre

    This beautiful theatre with National Romantic–style mosaics on the front facade features both contemporary plays and Hungarian and foreign drama.