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Buying Venue Tickets in Advance?

This question is posted in the GENERAL forum https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe/advance-ticket-sales-883723d6-c25a-4ce0-9931-5b17d081cc19 so I thought I would post the answer here:

BUDAPEST

(P) Great Synagogue: buy at the door. absolutely no problem but be aware of the hours. http://www.greatsynagogue.hu/gallery_syn.html#4

(P) House of Terror: buy at the door. closed on Monday. http://www.terrorhaza.hu/hu
(P) Heroes' Square: FREE
(P) Vajdahunyad Castle: mostly free, but the Agriculture museum tickets (inside) you can buy at the door. http://www.vajdahunyadcastle.com/tickets-to-the-vajdahunyad-castle-budapest
(P) Holocaust Memorial Center: buy at the door, but be sure to leave a generous donation in the box inside.
(P) Hungarian National Museum; buy at the door http://hnm.hu/en

(B) Memento Park: buy at the entrance http://www.mementopark.hu/
(B) Hungarian National Gallery: buy at the door http://mng.hu/en
(B) Buda Castle Park: Free (?)

(P) Hungarian National Parliament: purchase on line in advance as soon as possible http://hungarianparliament.com/tours/
(P) Any theater tickets: purchase in at least 3 months in advance; better yet, the day they go on sale.
(P) Zoo; at the entrance http://www.zoobudapest.com/en
(P) Szechenyi Baths: in advance for convenience, or at the door. http://szechenyispabaths.com/

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Any advice on tickets for such events as opera, ballet, symphonic or chamber music concerts? We arrive in Budapest September 13, 2017 and leave September 20. I am starting to think we will be out of luck...too early in the season, or schedules not yet posted (the latter I think is wishful)? I draw blanks on the websites I have seen so far. I find cocktail dinner cruises and perhaps a folkloric performance or an organ recital, but little else. Klezmer would also be an interest. Thank you.

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Any advice on tickets for such events as opera, ballet, symphonic or
chamber music concerts? We arrive in Budapest September 13, 2017 and
leave September 20. I am starting to think we will be out of
luck...too early in the season, or schedules not yet posted (the
latter I think is wishful)? I draw blanks on the websites I have seen
so far. I find cocktail dinner cruises and perhaps a folkloric
performance or an organ recital, but little else. Klezmer would also
be an interest. Thank you.

The Opera House and the Operett Theater start their season in September so don't expect to see anything on their webistes until much later in the year. Once they do go on sale, the good seats sell fast. Among my favorite venues: http://www.opera.hu/ http://www.operett.hu/operett.php https://www.mupa.hu/ http://opusjazzclub.hu/ http://www.bjc.hu/home/

For Klezmer you can make reservations at Spinoza where they have a concert every Friday night (which makes no sense if you think about it). Or you can watch the web site of the Budapest Klezmer Band (fantastic) for one of their rare concerts: http://www.budapestklezmerband.hu/ or time your visit with the Jewish Cultural Fair which I believe is the week prior to your arrival. Finally, if a production named "The Wedding Dance" is performing at the Operett while you are in town, it is full of Klezmer music by the Budapest Klezmer Band.

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Thank you, James. Glad to hear we may yet attend some performances. I learned about the Jewish Cultural Fair after we'd made plans and considered flipping the itinerary. But the Budapest week falls in between a week in Vienna and a week in Eger, Gyor, and Sopron and it got too complicated. Your contributions have been so helpful in our thinking and planning...thanks for taking the time on this forum. It is appreciated.

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But the Budapest week falls in between a week in Vienna and a week in
Eger, Gyor, and Sopron and it got too complicated.

Denny, I am trying to figure out your plans. You aren't driving are you?

I don’t know your schedule but given your interests I would make the festival a priority. Vienna to Gyor is only and hour and you can see the Archabbey in the morning and take an afternoon train on into Budapest if that helps any. Leave the heavy stuff in your apartment and take a train up to Eger for a night or I suspect you would enjoy Pecs. I have never been to Sopron so can’t say one way or another. The summer festival is a good time to be in Budapest.

One caution. The dates of the summer festival are still tentative as far as I can tell. What I have seen published supposes the same week in September as it was last year. Probably, but not for certain.

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We got an excellent deal on air but it was RT Vienna, so that bookends the 3 week trip which begins and ends in Vienna. We arrive 7 September in Vienna and move to Budapest 13 September for 7 nights. Then 2 nights each in Eger, Gyor, and Sopron, moving toward Vienna and arriving Vienna 26 September for flight home the next day. We intend to travel entirely by train and stay in hotels. I had looked seriously at a car but in the end it couldn't be put together in any fashion that suited any possible plans I had in mind. A quick look at the price of trains in Hungary decided it for good. Pecs could still be a possibility, maybe even an overnight from our week in Budapest. We are trying to plan a more relaxed pace than usual. I hope to do other day trips out of Budapest as well, there seem to be many great options. A week in each city is long for us, but we look forward to it, and spending a couple of nights in smaller cities to round it out.