Budapest’s Music Academy, named after legendary composer Franz Liszt (known to Hungarians as Liszt Ferenc) is a world-famous conservatory and concert hall. Composers like Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók created here and it is now a world-famous academy drawing the best talent from around the world. The building was erected in 1907 in Art-Nouveau style. Its interior is richly decorated with frescos, stained glass, and mosaics and its concert hall is considered the most beautiful of its kind in Budapest.
The Hungarian State Opera is a neo-Renaissance masterpiece, it has the third best acoustics in Europe after the Scala in Milan and the Opera Garnier in Paris. The Opera ranks high on many visitors’ bucket lists, both for the building’s stunning design and for the high-quality performances that are held amid its stately settings. The building is a visual treat that you can enjoy by taking a guided tour, if you prefer not to sit through a performance.
The Vigadó is an emblematic arts complex that is home to several disciplines and genres. For centuries it has featured the work and talent of internationally-known sculptors, painters and musicians and is to this day one of the most prestigious Budapest venues.
The A38 is a truly special venue that attracts the best acts in all genres of music. It is a decommissioned boat on the shore of the Danube with a restaurant and several stages. The fun experience of being at a concert on a boat is unforgettable for audiences and performers alike.
Hungarians have an undeniable role in starting up filmmaking, having been present from the start and playing key roles at the birth of Hollywood. The culture has also taken hold in Hungary, where the Korda film studio and the magnificent backdrop of the city make Budapest a regular in the filmmaking calendar, so you could very easily bump into a famous movie star while walking around town.