Classical Concerts in Danube Palace and the Pesti Vigadó

You can enjoy classical concerts in Budapest’s two prominent concert halls in 2016.

the imposing concert hall in the VigaoThe imposing Pesti Vigadó on the Pest bank of the Danube built in the 19. century witnessed some grandiose balls and concerts.

The building was destroyed in World War II but it was nicely restored in previous years.

The Vigadó currently hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions, large-scale concerts and other cultural performances.

The lookout terrace on the VI. floor offers a marvelous vista of the Buda Castle and the Gellért Hill. It is the place to be when you seek cultural entertainment in Budapest.

The charming neo-Baroque Palace, Duna Palota in the city centre has a great concert hall where you can enjoy a unique concert by the Danube Symphony Orchestra.

street view of the Vigadó building
the glitzy interior of a cafe in the Vigado

Festive Concert with Cimbalom Show

Venue 1: Duna Palota, Zrínyi utca 5., district V.

Dates in 2017, Danube Palace

  • Jan: 01
  • May: 06, 13, 20, 27
  • June: 17,
  • July: 01,
  • Aug: 12,
  • Sept: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
  • Oct: 07, 14, 21, 28
  • Dec: 25, 27, 30
Venue 2: Pesti Vigadó, Vigadó tér 2., district V.

Dates in Pesti Vigadó, 2017.

  • June: 03, 10, 24
  • July: 08, 15, 29
  • Aug: 05, 19, 26

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Photos About the Concert Venues: the Pesti Vigadó & the Danube Palace

a Concert in Danube PalaceBoth locations can be easily reached by walk from downtown or by tram 2, Széchenyi tér stop, or any of the three metro lines stopping at Deák Ferenc tér metro station (M1, M2, M3 metro lines). From there you can get to both venues by a short walk.

Ticket Prices

Full price (depending on seat):

  • 1st category: 41 EUR
  • Seating Map in the Danube Palace (Click to enlarge!)

    2nd category: 37 EUR

  • 3rd category: 33 EUR
  • VIP category: 99 EUR
  • 1st category with Dinner & Cruise: 81 EUR
  • 2nd category with Dinner & Cruise: 76 EUR
  • 3rd category with Dinner & Cruise: 73 EUR
  • VIP ticket: 138 EUR


Seating map in the Pesti Vigadó (Click to enlarge!)
  • 1st category: 39 EUR
  • 2nd category: 34 EUR
  • 3rd category: 31 EUR
  • 1st category with Dinner & Cruise: 78 EUR
  • 2nd category with Dinner & Cruise: 74 EUR
  • 3rd category with Dinner & Cruise: 70 EUR

Classical Music Combined with Hungarian Folk Music

The prestigious ensemble of the Danube Symphony Orchestra of 60 professional musicians was formed more than 50 years ago.

Danube Palace (Duna Palota) insideTheir repertoire is quite colourful and includes a wide range of musical styles.

Now you can listen to classical pieces performed in unconventional way: symphony orchestra accompanied by a Hungarian folk instrument called cimbalom (hammered dulcimer).

Concert Program

Part 1.

Hector Berlioz: Rákóczi March – Orchestra

Zoltán Kodály: Intermezzo–from opera Háry János – Orchestra

Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 5. – Orchestra with cimbalom solo

Béla Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances – Orchestra

Ferenc Erkel: Palotás – from the opera Hunyadi László – Orchestra

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. – Orchestra with cimbalom solo

Classical Music Concert with Cimbalom Show

Part 2.

Franz Lehár: Eva-Waltz – Ballett Ensemble

Emmerich Kálmán:The Czardas Queen– „Dasist die Liebe”

Franz Lehár: The Merry Widow- Medley – Orchestra

Franz Lehár: The Merry Widow– „Grisetten Lied und Kan-Kan – Ballett Ensemble

Grigoraş Ionică Dinicu: The nightingale – Gypsy Band

A csitári hegyek alatt… (Hungarian Folksong) – Gypsy Band

Vittorio Monti: Czardas – Gypsy Band

Emmerich Kalman: The Devil-rider– Palotás – Orchestra, Ballett Ensemble

Emmerich Kálmán: Countess Mariza– „Komm mit nach Varazdin”

Johann Strauss jr.:Long live the Magyar! Op. 332. – Orchestra

Emmerich Kálmán: Countess Mariza– „Braunes Mädel von der Pussta” – Ballett Ensemble

Cimbalom player: Gergely Oláh, The Danube Symphony Orchestra is conducted by András Deák

Concerts start at 20.00, and have two 45-minute parts with a break in between.

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Photos About the Gala Performance

TIP: enjoy a night cruise with dinner on the Danube after the concert and save money by booking the two programs together.

You’ll get a discount package price and you pay less for the two programs than you would if you bought them separately.


Sightseeing on the Danube at Night

  • I. category: 60 EUR
  • II. category: 54 EUR
  • III. category:57 EUR

Note: after payment you’ll receive a confirmation in e-mail with all the details.

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