Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum

Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum

Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: District I / Buda
The historical center to a city with a multifarious and intricate past, Buda has some of the most outstanding buildings in Europe and an enviable natural landscape with stunning views onto the Danube. Centered around the Royal Palace, it provides a glimpse into the golden years of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the lives led by the aristocracy at the time. Matthias Church, beside the palace, hosted many events attended by the royal family and was the chosen place for the coronation of Franz Josef, one of the Hungarian Habsburg kings. Having admired the palace and the church, a visit to Buda will be unforgettable by the stunning and memorable panorama over Pest offered by the seven towered Fishermen’s Bastion.
How to get there
  • Déli pályaudvar • 7 min walk
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  • GoldenLoris
    Doncaster, United Kingdom54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating
    Something we planned to do on our visit to Budapest and really pleased we did. It was a fascinating experience and very difficult to comprehend what they actually went through. The exhibitions and scenes were excellent. Our guide spoke excellent English and explained everything as we went allow. The tour lasted approximately one hour and was thought provoking when we came out.
    Dear GoldenLoris, Thank you for leaving a review and sharing your experience with other travellers! We are glad to read that you found our museum worthy of visiting! Best regards, Hospital in the Rock
    Written 6 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • tmp0010
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent informative tour of this unique place
    An excellent informative tour about the history of this underground hospital. The guide does a very good of conveying the conditions when the hospital was in use. Interesting history of WWII and the 1956 uprising. The nuclear bomb info feels a little bit of a tangent but I understand they are trying to convey the reason they went to in the Hospital to prepare for such an attack.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Mark B
    Prestwich, United Kingdom84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting, informative and fun.
    This was a very interesting and informative museum. You get a personal guide; our English speaking guide, Kristof, was a brilliant guide, who clearly knew his stuff, and explained the different eras of this hospital in an enjoyable and thought- provoking manner. This underground hospital was the only working hospital as the Russians closed in on Budapest in 1944. It played an important role during the Hungarian revolution in 1956, and was then used as a nuclear bunker; the museum had a large display of artefacts from Hiroshima, which were very moving. I believe that this is an essential museum to visit, if you come to see the lovely city of Budapest.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • 9283748
    Birmingham, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best thing to see in Budapest.
    The best thing we went and did in Budapest was visiting the hospital. Our English guide was very knowledgeable and the actual hospital is very interesting for all types of people to go and visit. Highly recommend - only an hour of your time for this incredible visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 August 2023
  • CorpusAstra
    Budapest, Hungary45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like history, this is your place
    A place which is a really important building from the past. Not because it's beautiful or has an aesthetic atmosphere, but rather it's history and what it was used for the past century. Everyone who is interested a tiny bit in history should visit this Museum. I recommend it!
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Nannanorfolk
    Norfolk, United Kingdom224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unnerving
    We went here as my husband is very interested in anything military. I found the instruments quite frightening and couldn’t believe how basic the hospital was. The history was fascinating but I found the Hiroshima part abit disconnected. We felt the group was to large as space is very limited especially in the 1st part so we had difficulty hearing the guide until we managed to get the the front. We couldn’t understand the no photo rule either. I think this is a visit for people with either a real interest in history or military. You really hav to search for it also as it is Dow from the main area
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Susan R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating and Not to be Missed
    So glad we took this one hour tour. Very fascinating and glimpse into history. Small group size. Really fairly easy walking tour, some steps. One of the best tours we took! Shouldn’t be missed.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Roslyn138
    Wrexham, United Kingdom1,124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique establishment
    The Hospital in the Rock is not far from Matyas church past Jamie Oliver restaurant and you will see a lift that takes you down to the next level. We had not prebooked as we didn’t want to be limited to a certain time - arrived just as the next English tour was to start - there is a short film of the background and history. Our tour guide was Patricia who explained all the various sections of the tunnels from operating theatres, wards, and highlighted the various exhibits . The surgical element was completed in 1944 and designed for 60 patients but during the Hungarian siege it held 600. Conditions got worse when the Soviets destroyed the water supply and equipment and supplies got limited. During the Cold War it was upgraded as a nuclear bunker and later closed off as Top Secret establishment. The tour last about an hour cost was about £30 per couple( pensioners rate) . Disappointed that photos were not allowed to be taken , as a reminder of our visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • 94_MJP
    London, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute must see for history
    An absolute must see attraction. Learnt so much about the history of Hungary and the in person tour gives it that additional edge. Thank you Gregor - I think that was his name! English tour at 11am on Friday?
    Dear 94_MJP, thank you for leaving a review and sharing your experience with other travellers! We are glad that the guiding was this memorable for you, and that you found our museum worthy of visiting! Best regards, Hospital in the Rock
    Written 4 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 September 2023
  • jamiesonca
    Bellshill, United Kingdom98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    Visited with 5 couples. Pre-order booking easy. Discounted rates for disabled. Tour well laid out. Guide (Viktoria) was very clear with her tour. Diction and explanation were excellent. Tour initially recounting previous history of hospital detailing how it was adapted when required. Also thought-provoking with parallels of life today. Well worth visit
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
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Robert W
Glasgow, UK98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Amazing. If you are in Budapest you should definitely visit this amazing place. Not far from Budapest Castle. The staff are very knowledgeable and the trip was fantastic
Written 21 June 2024
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justalittlebitocd
Melbourne, Australia639 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This tour was quite an eye-opener and it was fascinating to see the rooms actually set up with real equipment and wax dummies.

Short video at the beginning

No photos allows

Our tour guide was a little bland but she warmed up during the tour . Informative, thought provoking and interesting.

Apparently it can get caught down there, but we were happy to escape the heat

This is a must do in Budapest
Written 20 June 2024
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Lina K
78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I definitely recommend to check out this attraction especially if you are a history fan. The tour guide spoke very good English although she always seemed in a rush to finish the tour asap (maybe they’re not allowed to exceed a certain time interval?) nevertheless a really interesting experience as everything is still intact and well preserved in a really unique setting.
Written 18 June 2024
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tapeterlee2015
Flushing, NY333 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
It cost about $25 per person for a rushed tour in an old hospital.
There was no time to take in all of it - a mix of old hospital, the 1056 Hungarian fighter for freedom and some bits and pieces of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and other nuclear weapons subjects.
Really over priced and over rated
Written 14 June 2024
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Teresa W
Phoenix, AZ17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Great tour guide who helped you connect with history. Lots to see, the real medical instruments and equipment were displayed.
Written 14 June 2024
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S Mantin
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is a must see. I have never seen anything like this before and I don’t want to ruin it for you. My husband really enjoyed it. Have fun.
Written 12 June 2024
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HappyHols
Essex, UK7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Over priced at £24 per adult. Especially irritating that Uk visitors (even southern Irish apparently) have to pay double what EU members pay (thanks David Cameron / Brexit). A lot of the exhibits were replicas In the nuclear war section. And there were too many of the small medical instruments that it seemed everything was chucked in together. We went to the 5pm tour which had about 14 people and there was a 6pm session after but there was no time allowed to read the signage with items which might have helped and the whole thing felt rushed as if the place was closing and they wanted to go home! The guide didn’t introduce himself and seemed apologetic about the history he was telling us about. Kept saying “that’s enough about that!” The film at the beginning was in Hungarian with English subtitles but clearly more info was given that was not translated. Finally the tour was badly layed out so we had to walk back and forth through hospital to bunker exhibits and back again. Would be fair price at £10 per head - no more.
Written 3 June 2024
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n2r49rs
Palm Desert, CA702 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It is an interesting museum of life in the hospital around ww2 and the revolution. Our tour group was too large and the tour guide’s English wasn’t the best. As a result we missed things unless you were at the front of the line because the hallways are narrow and you can’t really gather around to listen. If you are at the front through one section you end up being at the back during another because how the place is set up. There are sections at the end which present the atomic bombs dropped in Japan and the catastrophic impact of nuclear bombs if ever used. It’s roughly an hour tour.
Written 26 May 2024
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Bige
Vienna, Austria20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This is a really unique and very interesting museum. Our tour guide was Timi who is very considerate, kind and fun. She answered all our questions and did a great job. Thank you for that great experience.
Written 25 May 2024
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Maurice87
Belfast125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A unique and interesting place. The history and the back story was fascinating and poignant. A video before hand helped give some context. The artefacts and rooms and displays were so well done and gave a real feeling of the brutal, harsh and challenging (not to mention boiling) conditions the heroic doctors and nurses had to work under. The female guide was good and her narrative was at a good pace. Personally I was fascinated by all the facilities still working ‘in-situ’ - the plumbing, electricity and heating. Something refreshing and different from the multiple churches and monuments. Plus the temperature was pleasantly cool. The only reason that I don’t give a ‘5’ was that you weren’t allowed to take photos plus the group was perhaps a little large. Overall definitely worth a visit. 👍🏼
Written 25 May 2024
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