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Opening hours

The Danube Palace is open daily from 8.00am until 10.00pm.

In addition to watching a musical performance on the stage, you can also have dinner and a cruise on the River Danube with the cheapest seats costing 34 Euros up to 105 Euros for a VIP ticket. The cost of a seat in the theatre, dinner and a cruise vary from 51.50 Euros up to 147 Euros.

How to get there

Budapest, Zrínyi u. 5, 1051 Hungary

The Danube Palace is located in the heart of central Budapest in district 5 alongside the River Danube. This makes the Danube Palace very easy to reach when using public transport. The city’s four metro lines run through the city centre with three of them meeting at the Deak Ferenc Ter station which is just a short walk from the Danube Palace. Other transportation options include the bus, with over 260 bus routes operating and 40 of them continue throughout the night. The trolley bus and trams are other suitable options. Taxis are strictly regulated and meters should always be used.

FAQ

What is the Danube Palace used for today?
The Danube Palace has always been a centre of Hungarian culture with first class performances throughout its history. The beautifully maintained halls and rooms host social events, galas, cultural evenings, weddings and performances of Hungarian folklore.
What styles of music can be heard here?
At the Danube Palace you can enjoy music from the resident Danube Symphony Orchestra. Operettas, Hungarian gipsy music, ballet or music played on traditional Hungarian instruments such as the cimbalom.
What is a cimbalom?
The cimbalom is played with beaters. This typically Hungarian folk instrument has a heavy frame to give more dynamic power with strings to give a wide range of sounds. In the 19th century it was considered the most distinguished of Hungary’s musical instruments and families of the aristocrats preferred their children learn this instrument over the piano.
Achievement and musical fame through television
Virtuosos is a talent show on Hungarian television that features outstanding musical talent through its contestants in the art of classical music. One of the prizes in winning or giving an outstanding performance is to give a performance, or a series of performances at the Danube Palace.
Who built the Danube Palace and why was it built?
The Danube Palace was built under the orders of the Hapsburg Emperor Franz Joseph I to celebrate 1000 years of Hungarian existence. He wanted the building to reflect the city’s ancient standing while creating a prestigious city. The palace was at first decorated with gold motifs, similar to that found in Baroque churches. Until the onset of WW2, the building was used for several public events. During the Second World War the building was unused. It stood almost on the front line with the Soviet army on the Pest side and the German army across the Danube on the Buda side of the city. Once the war had ended the building under the communist government was nationalised and some alterations to the building were made during that new era.

Important information about the Danube Palace

The Restaurant and surrounding areas
The restaurant itself remains largely unchanged to the original although the balconies, ceiling and oak staircase have undergone extensive rebuilding work. Above the restaurants staircase is a wonderful composition of stained glass. At its centre is a woman holding a freshly baked loaf of bread. In the top left is a Hungarian soldier holding a flag aloft. While next to him there are two women holding a red flag. This is a stark reminder of the times under Soviet rule. Throughout the palace there are several elegant beautifully finished salons.
The Brown Salon
The Brown Salon is now used as a conference hall although it was formerly used as a smoking room. The opera, Bluebeard’s Castle, by Bela Bartok was performed here after being deemed unfit for the stage. It was one of the composer’s most popular productions despite this. The room is also used for filming with one scene from the movie Evita being filmed here. Another indirect link to US television is the buildings first president, Miksa Falk, was the grandfather of the American actor Peter Falk, best known for his role of the detective Colombo.
The Theatre Hall
The beautifully finished theatre hall complete with its domed ceiling is one of the features of the building. It is Hungary’s only theatre with a cupola, the paintings were completed by Lajos Mark with gold ornaments reminiscent of a baroque church. Above the stage is a lyre, one of the original decorations that remain today. The theatre hall also has a 19th century air-conditioning system where cold air is drawn up from the cellar.
The Szechenyi Room
The elegant Szechenyi Room is located across from the grand staircase and has marble columns. A grand fireplace and mirror as well as a gold coffered ceiling. It is named to honour Istvan Szechenyi, a Hungarian writer and politician who was known as the

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Pesti Vigado
This is one of Hungary’s most famous theatres. It was completed in 1864 to replace a similar building that was destroyed as an act of retribution during the Hungarian revolution of 1848. The new building incorporated designs of Hungarian architecture together with Moorish style and elements of Gothic and Romanesque. It was used for the gala dinner in 1867 after Franz Joseph I was crowned the Austrian emperor and Hungarian King. The Hungarian National Anthem was first performed here as well as the certification when the cities of Buda, Pest and Obuda, unified to become Budapest. The building was heavily damaged in WW2 and did not fully reopen until 2014 after decades of restoration work were completed.
Hungarian Parliament Building
The Hungarian Parliament Building is one of Hungary’s notable landmarks as well as a popular tourist attraction in Budapest. It is located in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the banks of the Danube. It is the largest building in Hungary as well as being Budapest’s tallest building.
Buda Castle
Buda Castle is a historic palace complex and castle to the past kings of Hungary. It was originally built in 1265, although most of what you see today dates from the 18th century. The castle hosts the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. It is located on the southern tip of Castle Hill and to the north is the Castle District home to several medieval and baroque houses. From here there are easy links to Szechenyi Chain Bridge via the Castle Hill Funicular.