Hospital In The Rock, Budapest
About Hospital In The Rock, Budapest
Hospital In The Rock, Budapest - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Budapest, Lovas út 4/C, 1012 Hungary
Ticket Price: 4000 HUF
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
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Budapest keeps its glorious and painful past, both very close to its heart. Hospital in the Rock is an example of the ordeal that Budapest went through during the second World War. This Hospital was built in a cave system for air raid emergencies and acted as that from the year 1939-1945. Apart from this, the cave system was also used as refuges in the aforementioned years. It’s location is right below the castle hill and it is a part of the Castle district. Which is why, it was under the government ever since the beginning. After serving as a hospital for the longest time, with about 3 patients lying on the same bed sometimes, this place later functioned as a vaccine producing institute. Later it became a revolutionary spot and after expanding during the cold war, it eventually became a storage place for Nuclear Bunker and Civil Defence Forces. After that it was renovated by various organizations and in the year 2007 was finally opened as a museum to the visitors and today is a great insight into a chunk of history that is very close to Budapest.
Hospital In The Rock Information
- The institution can be visited only with a guided tour. Tour departs every hour on the hour during opening times.
- Only pre-registered group can visit the museum on national holidays.
- The guided tour is available in languages: English and Hungarian.
- Photography may not be possible during the tour.
- Small children are allowed but should be under the guidance of their parents.
- The hospital is accessible for physically disabled people.
- Individual visitors and groups under 10 persons doesn’t need to register for the tour beforehand.
- Only groups of more than 10 people require prior appointment.
Hospital In The Rock Ticket Prices
- Discounted price (students between 6 – 25 & seniors of 62 to 70 years with ID) : 2000 HUF
- Family ticket (2 adult + 2 children) : 8000HUF
- Group: -10% (over 15 people)
- Under 6 years or above 70 years: Free admissions
Hospital In The Rock Opening and Closing Hours
- Last entry: 7pm
- English guided tours depart in every hour on the hour.
- Duration of the guided tour is 60 minutes.
How To reach Hospital In The Rock by Public Transport
- Nearby bus station: Szentháromság tér
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A great experience and well worth doing. The young man we had as a guide spoke good English (and French to a family that had a question) and was enthusiastic which makes such a difference. While being a novel place to visit they really cover a number of dark times in recent history which it’s important to understand so we don’t repeat them. The tours as often full so you may need to wait or come back at a specific time. Check if you have any of the tourist discount books as these are honoured.
No photographs inside during the mandatory guided tour. After some reflection, this makes sense due to the rapid speed of the tour. Hundreds of wax figures tell the story of how the bunker was used as a hospital during WWII and the 1956 rebellion. Moving exhibit on the bunkers transformation into a fallout shelter. There are Nagasaki and Hiroshima artifacts, the first I've ever seen. Very, very moving. Go for this alone.
Rude Staff Bought a ticket and found out after the fact that pictures were not allowed. Found this out 15 minutes before tour. Told one staff member that I wanted a refund, and he said, to paraphrase "well, if you bought from this counter than I can refund you, but if you bought from that counter then you'll have to go there". This was totally fine and he was very fair to say this. Went to the other counter and asked for a refund. Cashier said "well if taking pictures is SO important to you, then I can give you a refund". Not paraphrasing. She went on to say "If you want pictures you can go onto Google and you can find the best pictures ever of this place, so many good pictures ... Doesn't make sense..." Got my refund, held my tongue because she clearly didn't care what I had to say or about my feelings on the matter.
I loved that place. It's a grim history, yes, but grim history has to be known so its repeat could be prevented. Our guide was Petra and she told us the story of the hospital, the heroism of its doctors, nurses and volunteers and some Hungarian history. The Atomic bomb exhibition is surely frightening and I admit it made me cry, especially the drawings of Japanese artists of the bombings. The museum does not allow taking pictures. I am a professional photographer and I was not disappointed or anything by not being allowed to take pictures. History is more important than snapping photos in the museum.
Excellent tour and a must in Budapest. The story depicts the struggle during the war and the 1956 revolution and how so many people suffered horrific injuries and how so many people worked to save as many lives as poaaible. The hospital was also equipped as a nuclear bunker but never used however the story of nuclear weaponry is one everyone should learn, hopefully before it's too late. Well worth the entrance fee and would highy recommend.
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