Hungarian State Opera House
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Art and History Collide at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest
Budapest, Hungary is brimming with art, culture and a touch of decadence. Nowhere is this more apparent than the Hungarian State Opera House on the luxurious Andrássy Way. If you don't have the time or money take in a concert in this opulent theatre, you can still get a dose of culture by taking one of the daily guided tours. Crane your neck to take in the ceiling murals and twinkling chandeliers while you sit in the plush velvet seats. Sweep down the grand staircase of the main hall and play out your fantasies of living life at court. (Or, you know, just learn about the theatre, without all of the dramatic bits.) Tours are given in Hungarian, English, German, Spanish, Italian and French everyday, and Japanese several times a week. You can also stay for a mini concert in the theatre. After the tour, pop next door to the Callas Restaurant where you can sip champagne on the terrace while admiring the Opera House's stunning facade.
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