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House of Terror, Budapest

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Explore the dark side of Hungarian and European history at House of Terror, a specialty museum focusing on fascist and communist regimes. The permanent exhibits feature artifacts from Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, the fascist Arrow Cross Party, and the communist AVH (Hungarian State Protection Authority). Walk into the depths of violent, dictatorial moments that took place the 20th century by stepping into the museum's basement, where AVH prisoners were once held and tortured. These cells serve as a memorial to victims of the country's bloody regimes. Since it opened in 2002, this museum has become a member of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. House of Terror is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Budapest Edition.
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  • The Museum is very interesting, the price of admission does not include l audio guide which costs 1500 guilders more but for EU students entrance has a reduced price (not driving). L audio guide will guide you through the building from the second floor down and explains the most important events represent, in my opinion a bit too much in detail and then everything becomes a little heavy and tired at some point. Almost towards the end of the visit we descend into the cells actually used at the time of Nazism and communism and this is the most moving part of the tour. I recommend you go well prepared and rested for a visit rich in historical and social news.
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  • Andrassy Avenue was registered on the World Heritage list is referred to as "House of horrors" in between the beautiful Boulevard building. It is the headquarters and the headquarters of the ruling party bosses after the Nazis, is headquarters of the secret police as a follower of the Soviet Communist bloc was harassed the people of Hungary under the tyranny. It is, but for the history of the nation is bad disappeared, as a lesson for the future even in pubic area of the country, rather than to reset the display and disclosure is good. Many tourists visit the Museum, exhibitions, video testimonials, statistics and materials in cruel scenes look away without looking. Which seemed like what I did want these wars and an extraordinary time runs at the national level, is essentially impossible, but man himself deep, dark sleep quietly and savage nature. I'm not sure in the now peaceful world terrorism and war is crime to speak on a daily basis and wake up from sleep when large swells and we have attacks, repeat the same thing. Body remembered the feeling like such fear appeals and damp and dank underground torture chambers and jail visit. After observing the entire outside and quite worn out and tired.
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  • We visited this place on the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian revolution. Long lines of people, many who appeared to have witnessed the events that took place inside and outside this place on the mai...  more »
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  • Very good and very well built museum. You can really feel the sense of terror as you are exposed to the stories of the past. One - point is that all the writing on the wall is in Hungarian and the information sheets are quite a long read so not everything was clear.
  • This place has an impressive atmosphere. While as a foreigner it's hard to keep up with the text or descriptions during the exhibitions, you can either pay extra for an Audio Guide or take the A4 sheets available in each room/part of the exhibitions, I went through the museum rather fast and later at a cafe just read the whole thing like it was a book, it's a really an impressive story and worth reading, it definitively made me change my perception about Hungary and about how much this people suffered and battled. There's currently(as of Nov 2016) some additional information (also in English) in front of the Terror Haza, which illustrates the Jung insurgent fighters of the "revolution", which is also touching. The museum mostly tells the story of Hungary's fate briefly under German influence and later during control by the Soviets. I went on a Friday in the afternoon, the place wasn't crowded as other people described.
  • The price is great and the history very interesting, the design of the museum beautiful and the staff very nice. However, it was hard to follow the audio guide with all the background noises and the witness reports. As a foreigner, you couldn't read anything on the walls or descriptions of objects in the exhibition which also weren't mentioned in the audio guide.
  • Very interesting museum! A lot of thought provoking exhibits in a chilling environment that improves the whole experience! Not a standard museum and worth the visit. Handouts are provided but quite a lot of reading so expect to spend a couple of hours here. Queue was large for entrance but it was heavy rain on the day of visit. Low price and discount for under 26 Europeans.
  • Worth to see. If you arent aware how really look live in a commies country you probably get know some very interesting thing. If you you know it's still worth seeing.