Founded by Miksa Falk, the former Casino of Lipótváros was a place for aristocratic pleasures, a private home of politics and economy.
The first public performance of Bartók, the reading of Mark Twain and Antonín Dvorak’s concert all left significant marks on Hungarian culture.
Its' saloons are full of impressive frescoes, robust crystal chandeliers and rich ornaments spellbound visitors to this very day, still serving to its' former title, the ”Hungarian Versailles”.
The Historical Danube Palace
Built between 1883 and 1885, the spectacular Neo-Baroque style building has always been a real gem of Budapest and an important landmark of the city’s social and cultural life. The ”Danube Palace” was designed by Hungarian architect Vilmos Freund and was originally built under the name ”Casino of Lipótváros”.
Despite its' initial name, the building was not merely a gambling venue, but a social club for the city’s aristocratic community. The building’s theatre hall can truly be called one of a kind being the only theatre hall of the country with a cupola – a marvellously decorated one at that – ornamented by a massive chandelier. The theatre is also equipped with a still functioning 19th century air conditioning system, a real technological sensation at its' time.
With its' historic architecture, the Danube Palace is a popular filming destination for local and Hollywood productions as well. Among several others, films such as the Madonna starring musical, Evita and recent TV series, like The Alienist with Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning or the NatGeo produced Picasso biopic featuring Antonio Banderas had scenes shot in the building.