Hungarian State Opera House
The Opera House is not only one of Budapest’s most significant historic buildings but also the first institution of the 300-year-old Hungarian opera, and the symbol of the Hungarian classical music culture. The impressive palace, designed by Miklós Ybl, opened its doors on 27th September 1884. Every corner of the building met the high expectations: the works of great artists, such as Károly Lotz, Bertalan Székely, Mór Than and Alajos Stróbl, can be found here. The 3-ton bronze auditorium chandelier, which can be lowered to the ground floor chairs by the help of a hand-winch, is a historical relic of applied arts today. The Hungarian State Opera House, which is a member of the Opera Europa, is a nationally recognised, state-owned theatre and performing arts organisation.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
The Roman Catholic St. Stephen’s Basilica, also known as the Parish Church of Lipótváros, is one of the most important religious buildings in Hungary, and one of the greatest tourist attractions in Budapest. It is the main site of St. Stephen-cult: the basilica is named after the founder of the Hungarian State, Stephen I. (Saint), whose right hand, ‘The Holy Right’, which remained intact, is kept here as a relic.
Directions: Get on metro line M1 at the stop ‘Opera’ and get off at the next stop ‘Bajcsy-Zsilinkszky út’, then turn right and you’ll reach it after a minute’s walk.
Király utca is an ideal place for shopping – artisan clothing, unique furnishings, design stores await visitors. The famous ‘Gozsdu Udvar’ can also be reached from Király utca. Gozsdu Udvar is one of the most dynamically developing centres in Central Budapest. It is a meeting point, which connects entertainment, gastronomy and culture. The entertainment district awaits its guests with unique and exciting programmes every day of the week. Gozsdu Udvar is home to several unique-style places providing colourful experience to every generation. GOUBA (Gozsdu Bazaar), which is becoming increasingly popular, is held here every Sunday. Király utca is also the north-western boundary of the Jewish Quarter.
Most of the sights of the street is located betweek Deák Ferenc tér and Nagykörút.
Directions: on the other side of Andrássy út, opposite the Callas House, Dalszínház utca starts. Walk along Dalszínház utca and after a 3-minute-walk you’ll reach Király utca.
Dohány Street Synagogue
The Dohány Street Synagogue or as it is popularly known: the Great Synagogue is located in Dohány Street, in the 7th district of Budapest, and it is the largest synagogue of the Hungarian Neolog Judaism, and also the largest one in Europe. It is situated in the former Jewish Quarter, where, even today, many members of the Jewish community live and still preserve traditions.
The synagogue is an important symbol of the Hungarian Jewry, and a significant tourist attraction in Budapest. It also plays an active role in the cultural life of the capital. Classical music concerts, various festivals, organ concerts and cantor concerts are often held here.
Directions: walk along Székely Mihály utca, which is located on the other side of Andrássy út, then continue on Kazinczy utca to Dob utca. Turn right on Dob utca and walk 5 minutes to Róbert Károly körút and turn left.