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“A bit different!”

Hospital in the Rock
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US$23.99*
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Ranked #14 of 508 things to do in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum is a thrilling, unique and moving place. Visitors can learn about the WWII and the 1956 revolution as well as the Cold War in relation to this former TOP SECRET nuclear bunker. It had an important role during the war and it was classified until 2002 and opened as a museum in 2008. The place ensures a real time warp into the past. Mobiles are not working inside. Do not expect a regular museum. One hour long tour departs every hour in English. Guide books are available in several languages. Unforgettable experience underneath the Castle Hill. The entrance is only about 5 minutes walk from the famous Matthias-Church of Buda Castle.
Reviewed 22 July 2014

I thought hospital in the rock was an excellent and interesting museum. A bit different, too! The tours are on the hour and last 60 minutes. There are plenty of cafés to enjoy a drink if you just miss a tour (like we did) and wait for the next one. You can only visit the labyrinth of rooms as part of a guided tour and our English speaking tour guide made it an enjoyable visit. It can feel quite chilly once you're deeper into the rocks, but there is an opportunity, at the start of the tour, to borrow an overcoat, if you don't have anything suitably warm with you. Wax figures and mock-operation scenes give a real feel for what it must have been like, working and surviving, in very difficult and trying circumstances. Some of the scenes are quite bloody and graphic and may be unsuitable for young children. You are not allowed to take photos in the museum, but a group photo is taken by the tour guide and posted to their website as a reminder of your visit.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

An excellent historical tour that gives one a glimpse of the pressures that the medical staff dealt with during the war. Aside from the various maze of caves leading from the triage rooms, operating theaters and medical wards, one has to admire the engineering to keep the hospital running - the air and water purification systems together with the anti-radiation mechanisms make this a true marvel

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

This is an "off the beaten path" tour, but, one of our top excursions in Budapest! We took the funicular up the hill and then walked to the Hospital in the Rock. It is a bit tricky to find, but worth asking locals for hints to reach it!

Built during World War II to house their Hungarian injured, reopened during the 1956 Uprising, it is so well done. They have reenacted each hospital room with wax figures as surgeons, nurses, patients, etc. I am a nurse, so was really interested in viewing this hospital. However, my family, thoroughly found the tour fascinating, filled with incredible stories of working under extreme conditions and successfully caring for the sick and injured. Pack your nursing or MD license and get 50% off the entrance fee!

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

If you visit Budapest don´t miss the opportnuity to join a guided tour in the Hospital in the Rock! It is worth every minute you spend there. It really touched me to hear about the circumstances under which the heroes of everyday life worked there to save the lives of thousands of strangers without caring about their own. It is as if you still can feel this spirit there and the tour is really interesting and professionally guided. Thanks a lot for an exceptional experience!

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Would have liked to tour this on my own as wanted to look at it at my pace. Interesting looking at the hospital area but not as interested in the machinery area. Need to watch you head as there are low areas and pieces of piping etc jutting out.
The video clip at the start is informative.
Wear sensible shoes and if you feel the cold take a warm top as it is a constant 15 degrees.

Thank Angela W
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