Pest Vigado - Budapest

The Pesti Vigado was built in the early 19th century by architect Mihály Pollack, but the original building was destroyed during the War of Independence. It was rebuilt to plans by Frigyes Freszl and completed in 1865. The building is an unusual design with elements of the Oriental and Romantic styles. The building is decorated with frescoes with ballad themes by Károly Lotz and Mór Than. Most of the statues were created by the sculptor Károly Alexy. The building was seriously damaged during WWII, and was only reopened in the 1980s. Franz Liszt, the pianist and conductor, appeared in the Vigadó on several occasions, even together with Richard Wagner once, in 1875. Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Debussy gave concerts here, as well as the conductors Bruno Walter and Herbert von Karajan, and outstanding soloists including Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein. The Vigadó was also a second home to the most celebrated Hungarian composers: Dohnányi, Bartók and Kodály.


Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm


Free Entry

Address : Vigadó tér 2 1054 Budapest Hungary

Subway : Line: M1. Stop: Vörösmarty tér M

Bus : Tram Line: 2. Stop: Vigadó tér

Phone : +36 1 318 7070

Fax : +36 1 318 7932

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