Franz Liszt Academy (Liszt Ferenc Zenemüvészeti Egyetem), Budapest
Pest, District VI
Tel: 36 1 462 4600
Concierge.com's insider take:
Fronted by a vast statue of Liszt overlooking a pedestrian street filled with café tables, this remarkable Art Nouveau building anchors Liszt Ferenc tér to Király Street and serves as the venue for numerous evening classical-music concerts (purchase tickets at the box office). There are free afternoon performances by the academy's students about three times a week, but they're sporadic and the schedule is not announced online. The stately marble and ceramic interior is worth a look on its own for its Central European fin de siècle decorative elements, such as vinelike carved columns and gilded statues. And the in-house music shop still sells classical CDs from the old Hungaroton record label at bargain prices.