Pesti Vigado
Pesti Vigado
4.5
Architectural BuildingsTheatres
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Pesti Vigado is a more than 150 years old amazing building full of history. It is where Budapest was born in 1873. Where emperor Franz Joseph’s coronation banquette was held in 1867, and where highly-acclaimed concerts took place by outstanding musicians including Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and Claude Debussy. Today, Pesti Vigado is housing interesting contemporary exhibitions and it has an unparalleled panoramic view from its roof terrace over the heart of the city along the river Danube.
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Neighbourhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
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  • Vörösmarty tér • 2 min walk
  • Deák Ferenc tér • 5 min walk
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Pesti Vigadó ("Place for Merriment") is about 400m south of the Pest end of the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. Budapest's second largest concert hall is the home stage of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. The building (1859, architect Frigyes Feszl) is a mixture of Oriental and Hungarian Art Nouveau with romantic elements and pleasing adornments. It was badly damaged during World War II, restored, listed as a National Monument in 1954, and reopened to the public in 1980. Inside, a soaring lobby connects to a grand staircase leading to a large and ornate concert hall. There is a lecture and an exhibition hall on the fifth floor and a sixth-floor terrace with panoramic views over Buda and the River Danube. Pesti Vigado is open every day from 10am to 7:30pm, and is beautifully lit at night. Current performances are listed on their website.
Written 9 March 2020
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Natalja M
The Hague, The Netherlands1,953 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The pompous stairs with Mable columns, frescos on the ceiling and on the walls are taking us back in time to the atmosphere of the balls and one can hear the music of Liszt, Wagner, Brams, Strauss who were playing in this concert hall.
The last restoration of this concert hall is very successfully processed.
There are different kinds of exhibitions are been hold in Vigadó as well as concerts and music concours.
There is a balcony with amazing panoramic view on the7th floor of this building and a small expo about the history of Pesti Vigado.
Written 15 March 2020
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William P
Glendale, AZ1,256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We were walking along the Danube when we saw this beautiful building. We crossed over to investigate and found that it was a concert hall and museum. We enjoyed the interior of the building as much as some of the art displays. The glass and ceramic displays were beautiful. Since we are both senior citizens we didn't have to pay to enter (which we would certainly have done just to see the building). Good find!
Written 14 April 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK830,368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
One of the most beautiful theatre buildings in Budapest is Pesti Vigado .
Constructed between 1859- and opened in 1864 and designed by Frigyes Feszl .
I love the look of this building ,on the facade is the Hungarian coat of arms ,the pillar structures were the work of sculpture Karoly Alexy .
This building was damaged during the bitter battles that took place in Budapest during World War Two,rebuilt post war and declared a National Monument in 1954 ,further renovations have took place to leave us with this stunning building we view today ,we were here on a cold November afternoon ,we sat outside Pointer Pub Budapest enjoying a beer and taking in the beauty of not just Pesti Vigado and Vigado Square .
Well worth checking out if you're in the area.
Written 23 November 2023
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Gabriella A
Cluj-Napoca, Romania229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
The Concert Hall is a great place to visit. The building looks great and you can also enjoy some great music and have some fun there. A must see.
Written 22 December 2012
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Michael K
San Jose, CA1,108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
The concert hall has a grand entrance with red carpets going up the stairs leading to a large painting on top of the stairs. It creates quite a dramatic picture. In comparison, the concert hall itself is more austere looking. The admission price without a concert also includes access to the rooftop terrace with a view of the Danube and the Elisabeth Bridge with the Liberation Monument on Gellert Hill in the background. However, since the concert hall is not that tall, the view from the rooftop terrace is not that much better than at the Danube Promenade level.
Written 26 June 2018
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Allan S
New York City, NY7,064 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
This hall is a magnificent edifice to the wonderful history of the country. The richly appointed space reflects life of another era. The city is a a serious music lovers delight as the acoustics are excellent and the hall is not too large and gives the occupant excellent sight lines to the stage. IT is equipped with elevators to assist physically challenged to attend. There are plenty of rooms around to aloow for receptions and there is a place for refreshments during intermission. A be sure to visit place on your list of things to do in the city.
Written 27 September 2014
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Katerina V
Prague, Czech Republic51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
Very nice building with gallery and other cultural venues inside. I came for the Felt exhibition, which was great. The surroundings are also nice.
Written 6 August 2019
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Thank you so much we loved the Felt Road from Orient to Occident exhibition too!
Written 7 August 2019
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RobyGlobal
163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Business
The Vigado (translates as place of fun) is a unique, wonderfully reconstructed venue at the Danube bank, with the wonderful view of Budapest's unique UNESCO panorama. Let me also send big kiss to Kate, who passionately loves to read my reviews :*.
Written 6 March 2016
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EvaM221150
London, UK174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Having had something of a disastrous New Years eve last year at one of the upmarket Budapest hotels, we decided to do something different to see in 2016. Going on line, we discovered that the famous Vigado Concert Hall had a New Years eve event. We really wanted to see this recently restored building, as it has been something of a sleeping beauty. We booked the full package, a five course dinner, concert show and drinks after. By far the best part of the evening was the concert show in the fabulous concert hall. A small but highly competent orchestra under the direction of Werner Gabor performed a number of pieces by Strauss whilst two superb singers entertained us with numbers from The Merry Widow and The Land of Smiles by Lehar. Absolutely first rate! On a lighter note two other performers sung some fun operetta type numbers with Hungarian dancing at break-neck speed. A ballet ensemble was cleverly integrated into the performance together with a Gypsy band which played Monti's Czardas. All in all a highly enjoyable and thoroughly professional show. The pre-show dinner was however not quite as good. Being in Hungary you have to get used to food that is not hot, but given the prices and the fact that guests from many nations were present, they should have tried harder with the menu and the food temperature! There was however no shortage of excellent and varied wines, different for each course. This continued in a similar way at the after show party which went on to the small hours. Yes, we would go again as the concert show was so good. Originally the building was for the rich and famous and is well worth a visit as the restoration work is absolutely first class.
Written 4 January 2016
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