Culture

If you want to enjoy Hungarian culture, rich cultural life awaits for you in every town, especially in the capital.

Cinema

Besides Hollywood movies, Hungary offers a wide selection of art films from all over the world. You can choose from various films, dubbed or subtitled, depending on your knowledge of foreign languages.

Theatre

There is a very rich and active theatre life throughout the country. The season starts in September and ends in May. To be on the safe side, you should book your tickets well in advance for the play of your choice.

Plays in foreign languages are regularly staged at the following theatres:

Classical ballet and contemporary dance are both widely appreciated in Hungary. If you like dance, you should not miss the performances of Győri Balett (Győr Ballet) or Pécsi Balett (Pécs Ballet), or those performed by the ensemble led by Pál Frenák or Yvette Bozsik.
Going to the Opera House (www.opera.hu) at least once is a must. Not just because of the imposing building itself, but also for the high quality performances.

Museums and Art Galleries

The best places to learn about Hungarian culture, art and history are exhibitions. Museums are open from 10 am to 6 pm, and are usually closed on Mondays. If you use your student ID, you will be entitled to a discount from the ticket price.

Here is a list of some of the most famous museums in Budapest:

  • Museum of Fine Arts: www.szepmuveszeti.hu | Sculptures, paintings and drawings from ancient Egypt to Modern Arts
  • Hungarian National Gallery : www.mng.hu/en l Largest public collection of fine arts in Hungary
  • Museum of Ethnography: www.neprajz.hu l Exhibitions on folk traditions
  • Hungarian National Museum: www.hnm.hu l Archaeological, historical, ethnic relics on the history of the people of the Carpathian Basin
  • Museum of Applied Arts : www.imm.hu l Beautiful collection of Hungarian works of applied art from the 19th century to the present
  • Kunsthalle: www.mucsarnok.hu l Hungary’s largest exhibition place of contemporary art
  • Palace of Arts: www.mupa.hu/en | Concerts, exhibitions, performances: you name it, they have it! It hosts the National Concert Hall, the Ludwig Museum and the Festival Theatre.

Dance Houses, Community and Cultural Centres

The dance house movement started in the 1970s with the aim of preserving traditional folk music and dance. Given that this is a shortcut to understanding other nations without even speaking the language, dance houses are quite popular among foreigners. Community and cultural centres offer various kinds of programmes to please everyone: clubs, workshops, concerts, sports, etc.

Here is a list of the most popular places in Budapest:

International Cultural Institutes

If you miss your home country and start to feel homesick, here is a list of international cultural institutes in Hungary.

Name Address Phone Email / Web
Armenian Cultural and Information Centre 1054 Budapest, Semmelweis u. 17. +36 1 267 3181 ormenyek@gmail.com
http://www.ararat.hu/ 
Austrian Cultural Forum 1068 Budapest, Benczúr u. 16., +36 1 413 3590 budapest-kf@bmeia.gv.at
www.okfbudapest.hu
British Council 1075 Budapest, Madách Imre út 13-14., +36 1 483 2020 information@britishcouncil.hu
www.britishcouncil.hu
Bulgarian Cultural Institute 1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 14. +36 1 269 4246 bki_budapest@abv.bg
www.bolgarkultura.hu
Camoes Institute 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/C +36 30 806 3000/2216 clpic.budapest@gmail.com
www.clpcamoes-budapeste.com
Cervantes Institute 1064 Budapest, Vörösmarty u. 32. +36 1 354 3670 cenbud@cervantes.es
www.budapest.cervantes.es
Czech Centre 1063 Budapest, Szegfű u. 4. +36 1 462 5066 ccbudapest@czech.cz
budapest.czechcentres.cz
Embassy of Belgium - General Delegation of the Flemish Government 1092 Budapest, Ráday u. 58. +36 1 219 0676 www.flanders.hu
Estonian Institute 1055 Budapest, Falk Miksa u. 22. fm. 2., +36 1 386 2462 budapest@estinst.ee
http://www.esztorszag.hu/?langchange=en
Finnagora 1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 16/A +36 1 478 1010 info@finnagora.hu
www.finnagora.hu
French Institute 1011 Budapest, Fő u. 17. +36 1 489 4200 info@inst-france.hu
www.inst-france.hu
Goethe Institute 1092 Budapest, Ráday u. 58. +36 1 374 4070 info@budapest.goethe.org
www.goethe.de/ins/hu/bud/huindex.htm
Israeli Cultural Institute 1061 Budapest, Paulay Ede utca 1. +36 1 889 3330 office@icibudapest.org
www.izraelikultura.hu
Italian Cultural Institute 1088 Budapest, Bródy S. u. 8. +36 1 483 2040 iicbudapest@esteri.it
http://www.iicbudapest.esteri.it/iic_budapest/it/
Japan Foundation Budapest 1062 Budapest, Aradi u. 8-10 +36 1 214 0775 info@japanalapitvany.hu
www.jfbp.org.hu
Nordic House 1052 Budapest, Semmelweis u. 2. +36 1 780 8123 info@skandinavhaz.hu
www.skandinavhaz.hu
Polish Institute 1065 Budapest, Nagymező u. 15. +36 1 311 5856 budapest.info@instytutpolski.org
www.polinst.hu
Romanian Cultural Institute 1146 Budapest, Izsó u. 5. +36 1 383 2693 romankulturalis.intezet@upcmail.hu
www.icr.ro/budapest
Russian Cultural Centre 1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 120. +36 1 332 2154 mail@ruscenter.hu
www.ruscenter.hu
Slovenský Inštitút 1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 15. +36 1 327 4000 si.budapest@mzv.sk
https://www.mzv.sk/web/sibudapest-en
Yunus Emre Institute 1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 62. +36 1 301 00 34 budapeste@yee.org.tr
http://budapeste.yee.org.tr/hu_HU/yunusemreinstitude