The popular Budapest Orpheum had to close its doors at the beginning of the First World War and the traditional building was feared to be demolished.
But contrary to the worst fears, the city of Budapest decided to keep the building from 1894 and to found a theater in it that would serve the operetta and the light muse. For this purpose, the operetta divisions of other venues were combined in the new operetta theater. This made Budapest one of the most important operetta cities in Europe alongside Vienna.
From 1999 the building was thoroughly renovated, after its completion the old magnificent hall shone again in its old splendor. Nowadays the operetta theater is again visited by numerous Budapesters and foreign guests.
Address: VI. Nagymezö utca 17
Palace of Arts
This modern building opened in 2005. In the building you will find the Hungarian Concert Room Bartók Béla, the Festival Theater and the Ludwig Museum.
According to directoryaah, The Thália Theater (Thália Színház) is the third venue of the Hungarian State Opera, alongside the State Opera elbst and the Erkel Theater. As a rule, guest performances take place here, but our own productions are also performed.
Address: VI. Nagymezö utca 22-24
Other theaters and stages
International Buda Stage
Address: II. Tárogató út 2-4
József Katona Theater
Address: V. Petöfi Sándor utca 6
Address: I. Dísz tér
Address: VII. Erzsbébet körút 31-33
Address: V. Gerlóczy utca 4
Address: V. Váci utca 9
Address: IX. Liliom utca 41
XIII. Pannónia utca 1 Madách Theater Well-known musicals are performed here. Address: VII. Erzsébet krt. 29-33
Churches, Great Synagogue
Matthias Church (Church of Our Lady)
In 1867 Franz Joseph I of Austria (1830-1916) and his wife Elisabeth (Sisi) (1837-1898) were crowned in this church. The original building was constructed in the middle of the 13th century and was changed in the Gothic style in the 14th and 15th centuries. During the Turkish rule in the 16th century, the church was a mosque. At the end of the 19th century it was reconstructed and given baroque elements.
St. Stephen’s Church
The largest church in Budapest was built in the mid to late 19th century in the neo-renaissance style. Many famous artists of the time contributed to the interior decoration.
St. Anne’s Church
The church, built between 1740-1765, is one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Hungary.
Address: Batthyány tér
Church The church, built in the Baroque style in the 18th century, stands on the site of a medieval Franciscan monastery, which was converted into a mosque by the Turks and demolished after their rule.
Evangelical Lutheran Church
This church was the first church of the Lutherans after the Edict of Tolerance by Emperor Joseph II () from 1781. The church was consecrated in 1811 and served Hungarians, Germans and Slavaks as a place of worship where services were held in their languages were held in the Lutheran faith. Shortly after Martin Luther posted the 95 theses on the castle church in Wittenberg, the Hungarian state parliament passed a law that threatened Lutherans with the death penalty at the stake. (Lutherani omnes comburantur). This state of affairs was only ended by the aforementioned Edict of Tolerance.
Deák Ferenc tér 4.
Inner-city parish church
The oldest church in Pest was built in the 12th century, destroyed by the Mongols, rebuilt in Gothic style and badly damaged by Austrian troops in the middle of the 17th century. In the first half of the 18th century, the destroyed part was rebuilt in the baroque style.
Church The pretty baroque church was built from 1722-1742. Directly connected to it is the former Pauline monastery, which has housed the theological faculty since 1805.
Address: V. Papnövelde utca 5-
The synagogue in Moorish-Byzantine style was inaugurated in 1859 and offers space for around 6,000 people. The interior of the building was designed by Hungarian artists and impresses with its round arches. In the garden there is a Holocaust memorial in the form of a weeping willow, on the silver leaves of which the names of the victims of fascism are engraved. During the Nazi era it was used as a stable for horses. It is considered to be the largest synagogue in Europe.
Address: VII. Dohány utca 2
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.