Visit of the Hungarian State Opera House

      Visits at the Hungarian State Opera House

      Daily tours start every day at 3 and 4 pm in English, German, Spanish, French and Italian. Tours in Japanese are available on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, in Russian there are tours on Tuesday and on Friday also at 3 and 4 pm. Tours may be cancelled due to rehearsals or special events. For information on any changes in the schedule please visit a couple of days before your visit. The Opera House can be visited only with a local guide.

      For private groups (with at least 10 members) please book a private tour in advance. 


       - Adults HUF 2990/ person 
       - Students (with International Student Card,ISIC) HUF 1990/ person

      27 % VAT and guide included. Free for children under the age of 6.

The Hungarian State Opera House is not only the sanctum of music and dance, but also a historical monument. The construction started in 1875 with the permission and financial support of Franz Joseph, emperor of Austria and king of Hungary. The plans and personal instructions were conducted by Nicholas Ybl. The Opera House opened its gate in front of the public on the 27th September, 1884.

The facade and interior decoration of the Opera House was built in Italian neo-Renaissance style; it can hold 1200 people. Back then, the Opera house had the most modern stage of the era; it was the first time to use an iron-made, water-hydraulic stage. The Opera house was working continuously until 1980. The building and its stage were restored between 1980 and 1984. The ceiling of the main entrance is decorated by the paintings of Bertalan Székely, portraying the 9 muses. The paintings of the main Buffet were made by Árpád Feszty. 

The overall name of the nine paintings is: the sounds of nature. The two parlours of the opera house are the Red Parlour, which is connected with the Royal Box, and the Bertalan Székely Parlour, from which the Sissy Box can be approached. The paintings of the Red Parlour were made by Mór Than, whereas the frescos in the Bertalan Székely Parlour are the work of Bertalan Székely. Portraits of artists from the beginning of the century are exhibited on the walls of the Bertalan Székely Parlour. The centre of the three-storey, baroque style auditorium is the Royal Box. The brass-chandelier, which weights approximately 2 tonnes, lights the 24 carat gilding of the auditorium beautifully.

The cupola fresco is named Olympos, which is the work of Károly Lotz. On the capital of the third floor around the painting a putto orchestra is playing. The upstairs-gallery of the Royal Staircase is decorated with enormous Italian marble columns. The ornaments on the ceiling are the work of Róbert Scholz, whereas the landscapes of Gyula Aggházy can be seen in the lunettes. On the two-sides of the staircase corridors lead to the Bertalan Székely Parlour, where the wooden decoration was not changed during the restoration of 1980-1984. From the Royal Entrance a representative staircase lead to the first-floor parlours. On the bottom of the staircase 2 guards can be found with the monograms of Franz Joseph I. and Queen Elizabeth on their shields.

On the ceiling of the Main Buffet three paintings by György Vastagh show the birth, education and victory parade of Dionysus, the god of wine. The Main Buffet is surrounded from three sides by the wonderful noble oak-covered smoking corridor through which one can go out to the balcony. The beautifully-decorated main staircase of the opera house leads the audience from the main entrance to the auditorium. Ferenc Erkel, the first director of the opera house, one of the most important Hungarian composer’s busts can be found here. On the ceiling a group of paintings by Mór Than with the title of ‘The awakening and victory of music’ can be seen.

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