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Hungarian Folk Programs in Budapest

Spectacular Dance & Music Performances

Hungarians are passionate people and their folk dance and music clearly represent their emotions.

members of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble dancing in traditional costumeThe best way to get acquainted with Hungarian culture is to visit some of the best Hungarian folk programs in Budapest performed by:

  • the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble,
  • the Danube Folk Ensemble, and
  • the Rajkó Folk Ensemble.

Each performance starts at 20:00, and consists of two 40-45-minute sessions, with a break in between.

TIP: The program is available in package with a Night Cruise & Dinner or a Thermal Bath Ticket (Gellért or Széchenyi).

Quick Links: TicketsHungarian State Folk GroupDanube Folk EnsembleRajkó Folk EnsembleVenue: Danube PalaceTIP: Folk Performance + Danube Boat TourFolk Show + Thermal Bath

Dates in 2020:

  • February: 29
  • March: 07, 14, 21, 28
  • April: 04, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 25
  • May: 01, 03, 04, 06, 08, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • June: 01, 03, 05, 07, 08, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29
  • July: 01, 03, 05, 06, 08, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29
  • August: 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31
  • September: 02, 04, 06, 07, 09, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30
  • October: 02, 04, 05, 07, 09, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30,
  • November: 01, 07, 14, 21, 28
  • December: 05, 12, 19, 26, 28, 29
  • 2021 January: 02

Note: On dates marked with * the program will take place in the Széchenyi Hall of the Danube Palace!

Ticket Prices:

Full Price:

1. category: 37 EUR, students: 34 EUR
2. category: 33 EUR, students: 31 EUR
3. category: 24 EUR, students: 22 EUR

Buy Your Ticket

VIP: 85 EUR, Includes:

  • Private transfer to the venue,
  • best seats,
  • private host to attend to you before the concert and in the intermission,
  • small guided tour of the venue in English language,
  • a professional photo,
  • a Hungarian souvenir, and
  • a glass of sparkling wine

Seat Map in Danube Palace

Danube Palace (Click to enlarge map!)

Venue – Duna Palota/Danube Palace

The program is held in a historic venue of Budapest built in the 19. century; the beautiful neo-Baroque Duna Palota (Zrínyi utca 5., Bp. 1051. district V.), right in the heart of Pest.

Getting there: Tram 2, Széchenyi tér stop, or a short walk from Deák Ferenc tér metro station (M1, M2, M3 metro lines)

About the Folk Dance Programs

7 women folk dancers dressed in traditional costume, each holding a botter above her head
Women’s bottle dance
Requires extraordinary sense of balance
  • The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (formed in 1951),
  • the Danube Folk Ensemble (formed in 1957) and
  • the Rajkó Folk Ensemble are three of the best local folk ensembles in Hungary with the longest traditions.

They have performances all around the country as well as abroad.

The choreographies of the three dance groups are based on authentic folk dances.

Some of them are very old (a couple of hundreds years) and were collected in villages insulated from the effects of the modern world.

The dance performances let you learn a lot about the

  • music,
  • dance, and
  • costume heritage of Hungary.

Hungarian State Folk Group Performances

Address: Duna Palota, Zrínyi urca 5., Budapest 1051 – Danube Palace a yellow neo-baroque building on the corner of the Four Seasons Hotel.

At the end of the street you will see the Basilica. There will be a board with the program name outside and a person to greet you.

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a woman in colorful folk costume performing a folk danceThe Hungarian State Folk Ensemble was founded more than 60 years ago and it is one of the best and most popular folk dance groups in Hungary.

A Glimpse into Hungarian Folk Culture!

They collect and play authentic folk music to preserve Hungarian folk dances and traditional costumes through spectacular dance shows on the stage.

They have a rich repertoire that you can enjoy in Budapest in the beautifully refurbished Vigadó Hall of Buda at the foot of the Castle Hill.

The Ensemble has 30 dancers, 14 are members of the Gipsy Orchestra and 5 are members of the Hungarian Folk Orchestra.

The choreographies are all based on authentic dances, some of which were collected in small, isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years.

TIP: Enjoy two Programs for Less!

1. Get discount price by booking a Folk Dance Program + Night Boat Tour with Dinner package together.

a double decker cruise boat on the Danube at the ParliamentThis way you not only have a memorable evening in Budapest packed with interesting programs but you also save money.

After the folk performance the hostesses will accompany you to the ship on the Danube embankment.

It takes about 4-5 minutes by walk.

2. Folk Show + Thermal Bath Entry

You can also get a discount ticket to the Gellért or the Széchenyi Thermal Baths with your Folk Performance booking.

Budapest is well-known for its bath culture and grand baths where the pools are fed by thermal springs whose water is rich in minerals and known for its medicinal and relaxing qualities.

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Danube Folk Ensemble Performances

Address: Duna Palota, Zrínyi utca 5., Bp. 1051

Getting there: Tram 2, Széchenyi tér stop, or a short walk from Deák Ferenc tér metro station (M1, M2, M3 metro lines)

Founded in 1957, the Danube Folk Ensemble is one of the most popular professional groups in Hungary. The members of the group are both excellent dancers and musicians.

24 professional dancers and 5 musicians are in the Ensemble.

The Danube Folk Ensemble’s repertoire includes some rare Hungarian folk dance traditions, combined with faithful interpretation of Hungarian folk music.

You can enjoy their diverse repertoire on the weekly performances in the Danube Palace located Budapest’s city centre.

Rajkó Folk Ensemble Performances

Address: Duna Palota, Zrínyi utca 5., Bp. 1051

Talented young Gypsy musicians form the Rajkó Folk Ensemble that was founded in 1952.

Their incredible skills and talent originate from traditions of century-old gypsy dynasties

The wide range of their repertoire includes many genres from classical to folk music, and from operettas to Gipsy music.

They toured Europe, North and South America, and Australia spellbinding the audience with their passionate performances that you can enjoy now in Budapest.


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