Budapest
Hungarians are proud of their musical heritage, which includes the genius of past musicians and composers such as Bartók, Kodály, and Liszt, all the way to present luminaries such as Márta Sebestyén, Iván Fischer, and András Schiff. There are lots of ways for visitors to experience these musical traditions for themselves. Catch a performance at the renovated Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, the Opera House, or Palace of Arts. Listen to some local jazz acts at Budapest Jazz Club. Attend a táncház (dance house), where live folk bands perform and everyone dances. Or catch a concert onboard the A38 ship docked on the Buda side of the river. In August, Budapest hosts one of Europe’s most popular pop and rock music festivals, Sziget.