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Hospital in the Rock, Budapest

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4.6/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web
Part of the vast, interconnected caves beneath Castle Hill, Hospital in the Rock served as a nuclear bunker and emergency hospital during 20th-century wartime. During World War II, the 10 km (6 mi) of caves and cellars in this region were connected and used as a bomb shelter. You can visit the hospital portion, where doctors treated civilians and soldiers until July 1945, then again during the 1956 Revolution. Take a guided tour of the hospital, learn more about Hungarian history from 1938 up through the Cold War, and witness the difficult conditions under which doctors and nurses worked in these caves. Take a look at our Budapest itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Hospital in the Rock and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This was a truly spectacular experience! A hospital inside the mountain, used during the war and uprising in 1956. We got an excellent guide tour through these tunnels. The hospital had to take care of it multiplies by patients than it was designed for in the worst periods. The exhibitions were very elaborate, and we could almost feel on the body the activity that had been here. The hospital was also built as a shelter that would withstand nuclear war (to the extent that a nuclear war can be tolerated). The hospital is on the Buda side, well signposted. Don't miss out on this!
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  • Appalled to see inside this hospital and hear the story of how worked. Unimaginable as they could live and work in those conditions when the initial capacity was for 60 people, it was then extended to 200 and will be invaluable people who lived inside. Magnificent guide Zsofia.
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  • Although I am claustrophobic I went into the hill to see this museum. It starts with a short video outlining the history and building and then you are off through the corridors with a guide. They have...  read more »
  • Really enjoyed visiting here. It was so interesting. It is a guided tour so you learn a lot. If you get the "sightseeing" tour bus they give you a booklet and one of the pages has 30% off. It was one of the more expensive tours we did so 30% off was appreciated! Actually a bit gruesome with the wax models but that adds to the realism if what the people went through. No photos allowed which is the same as a few other places.
  • I was convinced to go as really did not see the attraction in seeing an underground hospital - totally not disappointed. It was very much worth the entry fee and just to see the conditions the nurses, doctors and patients had to work and survive in were mind-boggling. It is compulsory for a tour guide to accompany you and explain everything - and it become obvious why about 2 minutes into the tour. The hospital is a 1 km maze (of the total of 11 km of caves under Buda Castle) and it is easy to get disoriented. As an aside you learn a little about the WW2 times (inc the siege of Budapest), the 1956 rebellion and cold war era as well. Totally recommend it.
  • Really amazing place, and a wonderful tour from our guide, Àron. He was excellent at managing the group and he answered all of our questions. Normally I dislike group tours but this one was really great! Also-- we asked the staff, and the gas masks, syringes, water canteens and silverware sold in the shop are authentic objects which were stored at the Hospital (as of june 2016).
  • No photo. Fairly interesting . Lots of statues. Informativ guide. Not a must in Budapest. Most interesting maybe the pictures from atom bomb survives from Japan.
  • The best tourist site in Budapest. We were there a few years ago not long after it opened and I personally was absolutely enthralled. The hardships the people must have gone through..If you have a chance to see this wonderful place, don't miss it.
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