Bring music to your ears in BudapestPosted on: 26 January 2010 by Mark O'haire
With ‘four nights for the price of three’ offers at many of the city’s hotels, enjoy the music, arts and the festival atmosphere in one of Europe’s most stunning capitals.
Culture vultures planning a short break in March should head to Budapest for the annual Spring Festival (19 March – 5 April 2010). From classical music to rock concerts; contemporary dance to Andalucian flamenco; high brow operas to colourful street performances; fire jugglers and art exhibitions, the city will be awash with around 200 events and performances.
This is Hungary’s largest cultural festival and showcases the finest Hungarian performers, composers and artists, as well as many international acts. This year will see Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s La Bohème performed at the magnificent Hungarian State Opera House, which is one of the cheapest places in Europe to see world-renowned operas. Tickets can often be purchased on the day of the performance for under £5.
Classical music fans will be able to take their pick from the orchestras in town including the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian National Gypsy Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony and the English Baroque Soloists. The world-famous musicians of the Bartók Quartet who have been performing together since 1957, will also be there.
Modern dance lovers will be able to see performances by Philadanco, the highly acclaimed Philadelphia dance company that offer a unique style and energy, plus star guests, the Limón Dance Company - formed by the late José Limón, one of the most influential artists of 20th century American modern dance.
Exhibitions range from contemporary art and sculpture, to open-air programmes and re-enactments at the Budapest History Museum, including the chance to see demonstrations and take part in tastings of period dishes. Those looking for a more alternative scene will find bands, theatre groups and performance artists at the Fringe Festival plus belly dancers, storytellers and fire jugglers.
There are nine departures airports to Budapest from the UK.
Heathrow: British Airways - www.ba.com
East Midlands, Liverpool, Bristol and Glasgow: Ryanair - www.ryanair.com
Manchester: Jet2 - www.jet2.com
There are a wide variety of hotels from three star to boutique five star and most will be offering the ‘four nights for the price of three’ until 31 March 2008.
Prices start from just £50 per room per night at the centrally located 3*Atlas Hotel, close to the Grand Boulevard. For more information visit www.budapestwinterinvasion.com
The MaMaison Andrássy Hotel is an exclusive hotel located in the Embassy neighbourhood of the Pest side of the city, just off the world heritage listed Andrássy Avenue. With spacious, beautifully designed rooms and suites, MaMaison Andrássy Hotel is a unique 5 star gourmet boutique hotel and Hungary's first entry to the collection of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The MaMaison Andrássy Hotel was designed and built in a Bauhaus style, by Alfréd Hajós in 1937 and completely renovated in 2001. Prices from £95 per room per night. Visit Andrássy Hotel www.andrassyhotel.com.
This hip, lifestyle hotel is situated on the banks of the River Danube, a 10-min walk from the Buda Castle and downtown shopping areas. The hotel integrates four baroque residences restored to their original beauty and features over 600 pieces of art from world-renowned American artist Donald Sultan. Most of the rooms offer picture postcard views over the Parliament, the China Bridge, the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Prices from £75 room per night. Visit Art’otel www.artotel.de/budapest/budapest.
This hotel is a fresh, new fashion hotel located on the Pest side of the city near Blaha Lujza Square, combining cutting edge design with four-star luxury. Guests can expect ultra modern facilities, state-of-the-art rooms and an oasis of calm and peace in the centre of the city. Prices from £87 per room per night . Visit Atrium Hotel www.atriumhotelbudapest.com.
A member of Avant Garde Hotels (www.avantgardehotels.com) that feature trend setting and concept hotels around the world, the boutique Hotel Zara offers modern and relaxing urban design. Situated on the famous Váci Street in the midst of some of Budapest’s best bars, restaurants and boutiques, the hotel is small and intimate and offers guests an exceptional level of personal service.
Prices from £69 per room per night. Visit Boutique Hotel Zara www.zarahotels.com.
Hungary’s first member of the Design Hotels group (www.designhotels.com), this recently opened super sylish hotel is named after Budapests famed Chain Bridge that spans the River Danube. Its a contemporary hotel featuring eye catching design within a neighbourhood of predominately 19th century buildings. Each of the rooms features a different creative installation and provides a unique design experience on the Pest side of the city, at the foot of the Buda Royal Palace. Prices from £88 per room per night. Visit The Lánchíd 19 www.lanchid19hotel.hu
To find out more about the Budapest Spring Festival visit www.budapestspringfestival.com.
To find out more about Hungary visit www.gotohungary.co.uk.
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