A Tumultuous History
The original building on the site was built in 1833 as the only concert hall in Pest. The hall was destroyed by fire during the 1848 War of Independence, and the new building replaced it. During World War II, the building again suffered damage from war. After years of neglect, funding finally was fund to refurbish the Vigadó to its original splendor. It is now a National Monument.
With a unique neo-Classical style with Asian influences, the grand building also features amazing interiors with intricate carvings, hand-painted details, and rich stone from the lobby right into the main performance hall. Guided tours are available in a several languages.
Pride of Place in the City
The history of the hall is rich with major events and performances. Listz, Strauss, and Wagner all performed here, and their legacy continues with performances of new and classic works, opera, musicals and theater. The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble calls the stage home and features Gypsy music, traditional Hungarian song, and a folk band. The Vigadó also rents out space for meetings special events. The program is always changing and fascinating. The Vigadó Gallery exhibits notable artworks