Diggin' The Cultural Scene

Budapest is not only Hungary's economic and political capital, but it's cultural capital too with a proud history in the arts. In the 19th Century, under the influence of the Austrians, music and opera flourished in particular. Miklos Ybl built the stunning Budapest Opera House, whilst national hero Erkel Ferenc composed Hungary's first operatic works in the Magyar language. Today you can still hear the latter's masterpieces performed under the former's stunning neo-renaissance roof, along with the compositions of Hungary's finest pianist, Franz Liszt. Straying away from opera and classical music, culture vultures will also find a host of museums, theatres and art galleries in the capital, and there's always the small matter of Buda Castle. Find a sprinkling of the very best Budapest has to offer in our culture directory, or check out our events calendar for a round up of the best festivals, concerts and other performances in the coming months.

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Budapest Parliament

Budapest Parliament

Parliament V

Neo-gothic seat of power

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Buda Castle

Buda Castle

Castle I

Riding the tides of history

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Opera House

Opera House

Opera VI

World-class acoustics

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St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica

Church V

Hungary's largest church

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Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Palace I

Resplendent Royal Palace over the river Danube

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Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge

Bridge V

Bringing unity to the city

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