The charming Danube Palace Budapest is a definite highlight of any trips to the Hungarian capital, where you can also enjoy a unique folk concert.
It is located in the beautiful downtown area on the Pest side of Budapest, only minutes from River Danube, with a lot of bars, restaurants and is a great place for people-watching.
The Danube Palace (or Duna Palota in Hungarian) is a Neo-Baroque concert hall completed in 1885 as part of Budapest’s Millennium celebrations in 1896.
Built between 1894 and 1897, originally, the building was a casino, but built rather for the entertainment of the noble men than gambling.
The Theater Hall in Danube Palace 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 only be found in the Hungarian Parliament Building.
The Brown Salon, used to serve as a smoking room of men, is now a conference hall. The flower-ornamented, brown ceiling is an appropriate setting for filming, one scene of the Evita was filmed there too.
Most Hungarian folk dance shows in Budapest take place in the Danube Palace (Duna Palota) by the Four Seasons Hotel in Budapest or in the Budai Vigado.
The performance is always fun and energetic with numerous costume changes to match the dances which ranged from ballroom to a folk dance with wooden sticks.
Nowadays the beautiful halls and rooms of the Danube Palace are hosting cultural, social and gala events like weddings and theatre performances. The restaurant on the first floor of the building is only open for private events and not open for the public.
Address: Zrinyi utca 5, Budapest 1051, Hungary