Beginning with 1 July, guided tours are available again at the Opera House. English language tours take place daily at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Tours in Hungarian are offered at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Designed by Miklós Ybl and inaugurated in 1884, the Opera House is the most imposing building in Budapest and a true architectural jewel box. The wood carvings and gilded, velvet and marble surfaces, stairways, balconies and frescoes inside are not only an unforgettable sight, they have also witnessed many exciting stories over the years. Although the structure has been under renovation and closed for performances since the summer of 2017, guided tours have continued uninterrupted during the reconstruction period. In spite of the work that is underway, the foyer, the grand staircase, the Feszty Bar, the Red Parlour, the Royal Staircase and the Székely Bertalan Hall can all be visited, and souvenir hunters are welcome at the OperaShop.
The approx. 30-minute tour is concluded by a short concert for two soloists featuring popular excerpts by Mozart, Puccini, Leoncavallo, Donizetti and Verdi.
Tickets can be purchased either on-line or in person at least 20 minutes before the start of the tour, during opening hours (from 1 July, every day between 12 pm and 5 pm), with cash or bank cards either in the OperaShop or at the booth set up for this purpose in the foyer of the Opera House.
In order to protect the health of our visitors and employees and in line with the effective health regulations, we provide amenities for washing and disinfecting your hands, and also ask that you wear masks.
Photo: Attila Nagy