Why visit: music, entertainment, art, culture, Art Nouveau architecture
A Brief History of the Academy of Music
The Academy of Music (Zeneakadémia) in Budapest was founded in the 1870s, enabling talented music students to receive higher education in Hungary, which until then was possible only abroad. One of the biggest supporters of the conservatory was Ferenc Liszt, the famous Hungarian-born composer. In 1873, the Parliament decided to create the institute, and Ferenc Liszt was elected as president.
The Academy opened its doors in 1875, and in a short period of time it became one of the most prestigious musical institutions in Europe. First the Academy was located at Ferenc Liszt's apartment, then it moved to a building on Andrássy Avenue and finally in 1907 it took residence in a new Art Nouveau building. At the same time the square in front of the building was named 'Liszt Ferenc tér' in honor of the great composer. Today, the square is packed with indoor and outdoor cafés and restaurants, creating the perfect atmosphere for lunch, laidback cocktails or dinner. It's a trendy and busy place.
Getting to the Academy of Music: Take the Millennium Undreground (M1) to Oktogon plus Streetcars 4-6 to Király utca
Good to know: Following two years of extensive renovations, the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music reopened its doors on October 22nd, 2013.