The Vigado Concert Hall/Pesti Vigado – Budapest, Hungary
The Vigado Concert Hall (also called Pesti Vigadó, literally translated as a ‘place of merriments’) was designed by Frigyes Feszl and was opened with a spectacular banquet in 1865. It was the most prestigious concert hall of the 19th century, with performances by the likes of Franz Liszt, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms and Claude Debussy.
The palace also hosted grand balls, illustrious social events and conferences. The building was severely damaged during the World Wars, but it was reconstructed in harmony with the original designs in the 1970’s. Since its latest renovation (2014), the city has been reintroduced to this time-honoured concert and arts venue. The roof terrace offers a unique panorama of the Danube Promenade below and the Chain Bridge across the river, which also adds to the prestige of the building.
(taken from: http://welovebudapest.com)
BUDAPEST – THE CITY
Often described as the “Little Paris of Middle Europe”, Budapest is famous not only for the monuments reflecting its own 1,000-year-old culture, but also for the relics of others who settled here. Remains from both Roman occupation and much later ruled by the Turks can still be seen in the city. After the Ottoman Empire the union with Austria has a particular influence on the city’s form and style. The capital has two sides, Buda and Pest, stretching along the banks of the Danube, representing two different characters of the city.
Suburban Buda and its historic castle district offer medieval streets and houses, museums, caves and Roman ruins. The dynamic Pest side boasts the largest parliament building in Europe, riverside promenades, flea markets, bookstores, antique stores and café houses.
Budapest has a lot to offer. Museums and galleries, churches and synagogues, palaces and historic buildings, baths and pools are presented together with the influence of Secession in the city.
You Tube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfz4T5cPaQs
There is an unmistakable feeling that something out of the ordinary is just around the corner, but what it will be is up to you to find out…
(taken from: http://visit-hungary.com/budapest)
VIGADO CONCERT HALL/PESTI VIGADO
Vigadó tér 2
FROM THE AIRPORT
The easiest way to get to the Pesti Vigado is by taxi. Don’t hail a cab on the street! Call one of the following numbers to order one:
- Főtaxi 2-222-222 www.fotaxi.hu
- Tele 5 Taxi 5-555-555 www.tele5taxi.hu
- Budapest Taxi 4-333-333 www.budapesttaxi.hu
- City Taxi 2-111-111 www.citytaxi.hu
- Mobil Taxi 333-2222 www.mobiltaxi.hu
- Radio Taxi 7-777-777 www.radiotaxi.hu
- Taxi 2000 2-000-000 www.taxi2000.hu
If you already have your hotel booked, you can ask them if they can call a taxi to pick you up.
If you are travelling on your own, it is cheaper to use the Airport Shuttle service, which has a desk at the airport. Tickets can be purchased at the arrival customs area or at the LRI Airport Passenger Service desk in the waiting area. Click for rates: http://www.airportshuttle.hu/en/
It is also possible to reach the Pesti Vigado via public transport. Upon arriving at Terminal 2 (Ferihegy 2), take the bus #200E to the metro terminus at Kobanya/Kispest. From there you get onto metro line #3 (Blue Metro). Get off at Deák Ferenc tér. Now you can either take the metro line #1(Direction Vörösmarty tér) for one stop (Vörösmarty tér) or take a 5 minute walk to the venue.
For further details how to get from the airport to the city centre, please check: http://www.bud.hu/english/passengers/access_and_parking
GETTING TO THE PESTI VIGADO BY CAR
From Buda crossing Lánchíd (Chain Bridge)
At Széchenyi István tér, go straight ahead into the one-way street Apáczai Csere János utca, and proceed to Vigadó tér.
From Pest along József Attila utca
At Széchenyi István tér, go into the one-way street Apáczai Csere János utca, and proceed to Vigadó tér.
From Belgrád rakpart
From the quay, turn right to Eötvös tér and turn right again into the one-way street Apáczai Csere János utca, and proceed to Vigadó tér.
- Along the street Apáczai Csere János utca;
- Vörösmarty garázs (1051 Budapest, Vörösmarty tér 1.), approach through Deák Ferenc utca;
- Szervita parkolóház (1052 Budapest, Servita tér 8.);
- Aranykéz utcai parkolóház (1052 Budapest, Aranykéz utca 4-6.);
- Intercontinental Budapest 1056 Budapest, Apáczai Csere János utca 12-14.
GETTING TO BUDAPEST BY BUS
Flixbus – offers bus services to Budpest from within Hungary and from other countries bordering it:
The hotel reservations can be booked using the reference – ENT Update Europe – directly through the hotel.