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“excellent venue for history, culture, science, medicine”

Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum
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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.
London, England
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“excellent venue for history, culture, science, medicine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

It was a little bit hard to find the entrance, so you may want to take a good look at a map, and keep an eye on the signs. The building is facinating.
There is a small gift shop which sells items which were stocked in the hosptial/bunker years ago. These are very reasonably priced and somewhat unusual (eg bags, gas masks, canvas stretcher).
The tour guides have a lively spirit about them, and spoke very enthusiastically.
The guided tours are hourly, so if you find you have just missed a tour just walk up to the castle area and wonder around the streets or pop into one of the lovely coffee shops.
It is a bit chilly in the building, so if you think you will be cold they will loan you a fleece. These all looked smart and clean - but I did not need one.
I think some people might worry that it would be claustrophobic, but I did not feel this way at all. The rooms are well lit, and well ventilated, and of reasonable size. I guess you could look at some photos to guage your own personal view.

Visited January 2014
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“An absolut must when visting Budapest!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

Despite the expensive ticket you must visit the hospital! It is something you cannot miss during your visit there since it has a lot of history in it.

Visited February 2014
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely fascinating, a great guided tour and very very interesting to see inside and imagine what was happening in the times it was actually in use as a hospital.

Tours leave on the hour, so you're in for a wait if you arrive here at 10 past! Try and time your arrival about quarter to the hour.

You can really imagine what would have been going on with the wax models and guide taking you round and telling stories, you come out just chatting and imagining what it would have been like having to be there in a different life.

I'm not much a museum fan, but this definitely isn't just a museum.

At times (especially when you go to the machinery rooms and see all the air filters, pumps, etc) it can get a little claustrophobic. But it only lasts around 10 minutes in this deepest part of the exhibition.

Thank bgs264
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Tiptree, England, United Kingdom
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“This is one attraction you must visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

The Hospital in the rock is one of the most interesting museums I have been in and the staff are exceptionally helpful. We all had a book of vouchers from the sightseeing tour of the city and staff at the Hospital went out of their way to ask if we had them so we received 30% discount on our entrance fee.
Annie the guide is very friendly, helpful and down to earth. Even though she tours the Hospital several times a day she makes each tour special and it really is an amazing story of how people lived in WW2. The hospital is very unusual as all the equipment and medicine is original from WW2 and later the Cold War of the 50's when it became a Nuclear bunker.
We all felt that this museum really made our visit special and thoroughly recommend it.

Visited January 2014
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Cologne, Germany
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“Spooky wax-figures”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

The Hospital in the Rock was very interesting and exciting. The only thing which creeped me out were the wax figures which are already quite old and look spooky. :)

Visited February 2014
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