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“Spend an hour at least” 5 of 5 stars
Review of House of Terror

House of Terror
Andrassy ut 60, Budapest 1062, Hungary
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$19*
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Ranked #46 of 405 things to do in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: A museum devoted to various historical terror regimes and practices.
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“Spend an hour at least”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

It should be on everyone's list to visit this museum as it is a sombre but fascinating reminder of history and cruelty. Well set out and moving as the atmosphere changes as you make your way around the different rooms. In places the written English descriptions were lacking but the meanings were not hard to fathom for yourself. I would agree that it is a haunting and thought provoking place to visit. Whilst we were there several groups of teenagers were also visiting - they were all paying full attention to their guides and were obviously learning so much that will stay with them forever.

Visited March 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating and somber”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

I agree with other reviewers that you need to read the sheets in English. Having said that - the lady at the admission desk kindly told couple in front of me that there was nothing additional in the audio guide so save the 1500 HUF. Then just take your time and take it all in.

Visited April 2013
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“A must-see, do not miss this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This "attraction" is indeed well worth its top #1 position here on TripAdvisor. Having spent time in the past at concentration camps in Germany (a harrowing experience) this House of Terror compares well with its impact and the way the exhibits are laid out. It's a very sober experience starting from the very first room which is divided in two to show the "alliance" with first the Nazis and then the Soviets, accompanied by some stern heavy-metal music. You will easily spend two hours mesmerized and horrified and learn a great deal what life was like in Hungary during these two regimes in the twentieth century. If you have a dictionary as I had on my cell phone it's well worth translating the Hungarian slogans on top of the doors to each room. They aren't translated into English and your eyes will bulge out and water as you learn what you will read. It was pretty hard to take overall, but I would not have missed this so-called "attraction" (this is actual house where ordinary folks were interrogated and sentenced) and may well go back again on my next visit to Budapest. Be sure you leave enough time, that's my only advice.

Visited March 2013
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“Worth visiting this sombre reminder of the past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This museum is a somewhat haunting place but has been designed to be thought provoking and moving. It's a chilling reminder of past events that one would never want to see repeated. It's not huge & can easily be visited within an hour. Documents are available in English to take away & read. There is a small shop, cafe & toilet facilities.

Visited October 2012
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“A Must-See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This museum is incredible and really gives an insight of what the Hungarian people went through in the 20th century. A really fascinating education on the past of this interesting city.

Visited January 2013
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