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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Neighborhood: 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.
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  • 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 July 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 10, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 11, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 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 October 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 30, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
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Bailea R
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Really good experience visiting here. We paid about £16 each getting in and I’d recommend if you are in the area popping in for a tour. We didn’t book tickets we just took our chances and turned up and luckily we got on the next tour. The only negative I would give this Museum is that our group was quite big therefore when the tour guide was talking we either couldn’t hear her properly if we were at the back or sometimes we couldn’t all fit in the same room as she spoke. Tours happen here on every hour in English. The women doing our tour was very good she knew a lot about the history of the place, all the other staff were really helpful and lovely. It was very interesting and I’d definitely like to go back one day, just hoping maybe next time we get a little more time to read the paragraphs on the walls etc.
Written December 16, 2022
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Dear Bailea R, Thank you for highlighting the number of visitors in the group, we are going to consider and act upon your feedback and our possibilities! We hope we can welcome you again in the future! Best regards, Hospital in the Rock
Written January 12, 2023
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Evamv1
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
It costs about 13000 HUF and all you get is a short movie and a guided tour (everything finished within 60 min).
We were quite disappointed, since the group was very big and when you were in the end you couldn't even hear what the guide said. Once you came further to the beginning of the group you had to rush through the rooms because otherwise you lost your spot again and ended up in the end where you couldn't hear and didn't get any context. The information was ok but felt rushed and if we wouldn't have done the Free walking tours in Budapest before I am not sure if we would have been able to put everything we saw there in a clear context (ar the walking tours they gave a historical overview of hungary and the city). At this tour the guide gave you information about the different things but you kinda mostly got fragments.
I think it would have been much better if the groups are smaller and you are given more time to explore the rooms before going to the next. Definitely a cool place to visit but not worth that amount of money :(
Written July 26, 2022
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Sav
Cape Town, South Africa2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
It was very interesting to see the underground network of tunnels, and the museum is well equipped with props and staging which gives you a feel for the history of the rock hospital. But, the tour guide was sometimes difficult to hear given the large size of the group (20+) and narrow tunnels, which also meant it was difficult sometimes to see over shoulders and get a feel for all the aspects of the space as the room was crowded. The hour tour was short in terms of information about the hospital itself. I would’ve loved to hear more unique stories or experiences which took place at the hospital, rather than learning details and seeing artefacts about other aspects of history that did not directly relate to budapest. Although I understood the uniqueness of the museum and enjoyed it in that aspect, I felt the tour groups should’ve been smaller and more information should’ve been given for the price the tour was.
Written June 29, 2022
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Rebecca C
Holbeach, UK235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Entrance to this museum is with a group guided tour. The website says that tours start every hour however when I visited it was every half an hour. The tour is in English and they have audio guides in other languages.

The bunker had multiple uses during the 40s, 50s and 60s and there are wax models throughout the different rooms that are set up to show what it would have been like during these different times. Our guide was knowledgeable and I learned a lot during the tour.

I would recommend a visit to this museum.
Written January 22, 2020
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Dear rebecca_44486, Thank you for visiting the Hospital in the Rock and for leaving a review. Guided tours are available every hour on the hour. Extra tours depart every 30 minutes, when our daily trade makes it necessary. Thank you for highlighting the work of our guide and for recommending us! Best Regards, Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum
Written January 29, 2020
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Jon_Ju1234
Reykjavik, Iceland365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The only way to enter the museum is with a guide in a group. When we came there the tours started every 30 min. We had to wait around 20 min before we started.
Our guide spoke very good english and was very knowledgeable. Check this unique place out if you visit the fisher mans bastion!
Written January 3, 2020
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Dear Jon_Ju1234, Thank you for visiting the Hospital in the Rock and for recommending us. Thank you for highlighting the work of our local guide! Best Regards, Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum
Written January 8, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Roslyn138
Wrexham, UK1,124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
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.
Written September 30, 2023
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Emmica_ZG
Zagreb, Croatia99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
So glad we decided to come here. Took a 10 a.m. tour on a work day - no crowd then but it was already forming when were leaving later… Our guide was Gabi, she answered questions, asked if the pace of the tour was OK etc- certainly recommend.
Wax figures were done with great details, and with Gabi telling us what happened in each place we could picture the crowd, the smells, the sounds…
The tour begins with an 8-minute film (subtitled in English). The ticket price was 38 EUR for 2 adults and 2 teens. Definitely worth it!
Written February 26, 2023
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK4,371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was one of the highlights of our stay in Budapest. English tours depart on the hour and last about an hour. The waxworks bring the place back to life so you get a sense of what it must’ve been like to work here or be a patient in there.
Written February 19, 2020
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Dear Swedishtomcat, Thank you for visiting the Hospital in the Rock and for leaving a review. We are pleased that you have regarded your visit at our sight as one of the highlights of your stay in Budapest. Best Regards, Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum
Written March 11, 2020
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Les P
Johannesburg, South Africa589 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
My lovely wife and I voted this hospital in the rock museum. The tour starts with a 9 minute video in Hungarian but with English subtitles which gave us a good overview of this very unique hospital and its history. We were then led through the hospital museum by a tour guide who added commentary at each stop. This is not just an empty room ‘ imagine it” tour as they have added many wax models to illustrate what the look and feel would have been at various times in the hospital’s history. Really very well done and a great experience. Sadly it was a bit rushed, more so in a large group, and we would have loved a lot more time to study each room and exhibit more closely. This museum is well worth the visit and the charge for the tour
Written May 16, 2023
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Jonny1973
Cleckheaton, UK51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Hospital in the rock was OK for something to do on a rainy affternoon but I wouldn't go out of your way to see it unless the weather is bad. It's not not cheap either.

You can only tour the hospital in a group with a tour guide, you can't just wander by yourself which is understandable. When I was there it was 27 celsius outside but much cooler inside.

Rooms are staged with some pretty dodgy looking wax figures. In the nuclear bunker section they have some artifacts from the bombing of Hiroshima which turned out to be only replicas.
Written June 12, 2022
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