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Overview


Rest and relaxation, culture and entertainment. Different yet both are of the same importance when going abroad. Now you can get them on the same place in one package!


What to expect


The performances are the mediators between the tradition of the nation and the guests; an opportunity to bring the Hungarian virtuose, then heritage and the love of art closer to visitors in 90 minutes.


The performers are the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (since 1951), the Danube Folk Ensemble (since 1957) and the Rajkó Folk Ensemble & Orchestra (since 1952), the three with the longest tradition. Through the performed dances the viewers gain broad insight into hungarian dance and music heritage with authentic costumes, also covering the traditions of former parts of the country.


The Szechenyi Bath is largest thermal spring bath complex not only in Budapest, but Europe as well. It’s also the first thermal bath of Pest.


Szechenyi Baths (built in 1913) is the most visited and much praised attraction in Budapest: relaxing, fun, affordable and, at night, romantic. In addition to the marvelous medicinal natural hot spring waters in the 18 pools, there are 10 saunas / steam cabins, several massage therapies, facial treatments, and more. Its thermal spring is one of the deepest and warmest in the city. The bath is situated in the City park, opposite of the City Circus and it can be reached by subway line No. 1 (station of the same name: Szechenyi fürdő).


The tickets are valid for a whole day and include cabin usage. Upon entering the spa you will recieve a proxy watch, which will be the key for your cabin. You can enter the spas between 9AM and 6PM and are able to stay until closing time. Just be careful not to miss the Folklore Performance if you book the two programs for the same date!


Inclusion:


Hungarian Dance Performance entrance
Transfer service if option selected
Whole Day Széchenyi Spa Ticket with Cabin Usage


Departure time:


Hungarian Dance Performance starts at 20:00
Meeting time: 19:30
Hungaria Koncert help desk is located in the SZECHENYI BATH by the main entrance on the right-hand side (which is in front of  the Circus). Check in is between 09:00–18:00. The facility closes at  22:00 and the guests stay until closing time. However, you have to arrive before 6 PM.


Duration: 90 min.


Theater/Meeting point: Danube Palace, H - 1051, Budapest, Zrínyi u. 5

 
Meeting point: Széchenyi Spa, H - 1146, Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11

Program and cast

Danube Palace

The Danube Palace (Hungarian: Duna Palota) is a Neo-Baroque concert hall located at the Inner City of Budapest, Hungary.

 

History

 

The Danube Palace is a frothy Neo-Baroque concert hall completed in 1885 as part of Budapest’s massive expansion for the millennium celebrations. Hungary was a thousand years old in 1896 and the Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph I was determined to create a prestigious city that reflected its ancient standing.

 

It was built between 1894 and 1897, according to the plans of Vilmos Freund, in co-operation with the contractor Géza Márkus.

 

Originally, it was a casino, but not the official meaning of gambling, rather a place for entertainment. The Danube Palace was the home of many theatrical performances, the same way as nowadays. The beautiful halls and rooms of the building provide an excellent opportunity for several events.

 

The building took its current shape in 1941. Between 1895 and the II. World War, the Danube Palace was open for the public with various events. During the war it was completely empty, because that part of the Danube was also the front line between the occupying Soviets on the Pest side, and the Germans on the Buda side.

 

After the end of the II. World War in 1945, the German military blew up all the bridges which connecting the two sides of the Hungarian capital. That is why, we can see a few modern buildings in the area of the Danube palace, for example the building of the Sofitel hotel and of the Intercontinental Hotel.

 

Above the restaurant

 

The Danube Palace belonged to the Ministry of Interior after the war, that was responsible for the law and order of the country. From 1945 until 1989, the police played an important role in everyday social life. The building was closed from the public, only police officers and the members of the Ministry of Interior could apply for membership. The new government acted for innovation and for new values and also used the Danube Palace as a cultural center for the powerful and influential members of the time.

Several changes were made in the interior after the World War II. The balcony, the ceiling and the staircase were rebuilt out of oak. The glass have remained entirely intact. They were created by Miksa Roth and are titled Kenyérünnep (Feast of the new bread). At the center of the glass, there is a woman, who holds a fresh baked loaf of bread made from freshly reaped grains. In the upper left corner, there is a Hungarian soldier holding a flag and next to him there are two working women with a red flag, which reminiscent of the Soviet times. The Palace has several lovely and elegant salons, each perfect for filming, such as the Brown Salon.

 

The Brown Room

 

The Brown Salon – that once served as a smoking room –, is now a conference hall. The flower-ornamented, brown ceiling was an appropriate setting for filming. For example, one scene of the Evita was filmed there, which main character was Madonna, the well-known pop diva. In the film, this was her bedroom, where she broke up with her lover, Juan. Madonna was not the only famous person who showed up the halls of the Danube Palace. The first president of the Casino of Lipótváros was Miksa Falk, the grandfather of Peter Falk, better known as Columbo. At that time, the Casino supported young artists, for example Béla Bartók who performed his opera there, called Bluebeard's Castle. The production was deemed unfit for the stage however nowaday it is the composer's most popular piece. Along with Bartók, other artists such as Zoltán Kodály and Antonín Dvořák were performed in the theater hall.

 

The Theater Hall

 

The theater hall is very interesting because of two reasons. At first, this is the only theater in Hungary with a cupola. The second reason is its cooling system that can also found in the Hungarian Parliament Building aside from the Danube Palace. Its functions are quite simply: the aipressure from the basement moves the cool air which flowing into the concert hall with the help of pipes. Of course, there is a modern aircondition system in the building as well, but unless the temperature rises around 40 degrees, they use the old one.

The cupola paintings are the work of Lajos Márk, and the gold ornaments are reminiscent of baroque churches. There is a harp above the stage, which is a replacment of the Soviet coat of arms.

After the fall of socialism the building remained in the hands of the Ministry of Interior, but was once again open to the public for receptions, exhibitions and weddings.

By Oláh Igor - Own work, ©
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