If you are looking for some cultural free time activity during your holiday, Budapest has a lot to offer you. Hungary has an outstanding culture and history, which offers a great amount of museum-worthy material for the visitors. Not surprisingly we are big fans of Budapest’s museums and even though if it’s really hard to make a top list from so many great opportunities, we have picked four of them you need to see when you’re in the city.
1. Hungarian National Museum
Let’s start the list with Hungary’s largest museum the Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum (Hungarian National Museum). This museum paints a – sometimes painfully, sometimes joyfully – realistic picture of the country’s culture and history through its huge collection of art treasures and artefacts. If would like to get a comprehensive picture of Hungary’s past this is a must go for you.
Location: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum körút 14-16. Price: around 6€ Official website: https://mnm.hu/en/
2. House of Terror
The location of the Terror Háza (House of Terror) is already quite interesting. The home of the museum used to serve as the local Nazi headquarter during the Nazi occupation, and then later on as the home of the ÁHV (the Hungarian KGB) during the Cold War. The exhibition commemorate the victims of the fascist and communist regimes at Hungary during the 20th century, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building. This place perfectly represents the two most bloody periods of Hungarian history and even though it won’t be your happiest experience during your holiday, you won’t regret visiting the House of Terror. It is indeed educational and 100 percent unmissable for the ones who are interested in history.
Location: 1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 60. Price: 10€ (reduced admission: 5€) Official website: http://www.terrorhaza.hu/en
3. Memento Park
Memento Park is one of the most interesting sights in Budapest, as it’s providing a glimpse behind the Iron Curtain. The park is an outdoor sculpture and plaque museum which displays the monuments of the Communist Era. The pieces of this stunning collection were removed and collected from the streets of Budapest after the falling of the Soviet regime. Even though the Memento Park is a bit far from the city centre, it is easily accessible by public transport and totally worth the visit.
Location: 1223 Budapest 22nd district (Southern Buda) corner of Balatoni út and Szabadkai utca Price: 5€ Official website: http://www.mementopark.hu/?lang=en
4. Hospital in the rock (Nuclear Bunker Museum)
The Sziklakórház (Hospital in the Rock) is an other stunning note of Hungary’s troubled history. The story of this emergency facility goes back to the World War II, and the interesting fact about the hospital is that – as the name tells – it’s located in the inside of a cave. You might not know this yet, but there is a whole new world under the Castle District. There are caves and tunnels connected and fortified which were used as an air raid shelter during the war. The hospital is the part of this cave system and was actively used during the WW II, and then during the 1956 Revolution to treat wounded civilians and soldiers. Later on, between 1958 and 1962 it was expanded to withstand potential chemical and nuclear attacks during the Cold War. This is the kind of museum that will give you goosebumps while you are literally walking through the past century’s history. For history lovers it is a must do!
Location: 1012 Budapest, Lovas út 4/C Price: around 12€, reduced admission: 6€ (the prices includes the fee for the tour guide) Official website: https://www.sziklakorhaz.eu/en
Hope you will have a wonderful time while learning Hungary’s history! 🙂