Buda Castle Labyrinths

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Buda Castle Labyrinths Budapest Reviews

Draggha Draggha
1 reviews
Bad news Nov 22, 2013
I wanted to go with my girlfriend this next NYE, but when we checked the webpage, we found this:

(It's a shame, because it appeared to be something very interesting and different to see in Budapest).

On 29 July 2011 the police and members of the Inspectorate for the Environment stormed the Labyrinth of Buda Castle. Large numbers of Hungarian and foreign tourists were simply forced to leave the system of cellars. Foreign tourists were at a loss to understand the reasons of the raid and many believed there had been an attempted or actual terror attack.

The staff of the Labyrinth were equally shocked. They were ordered to gather their belongings immediately, during which time they prohibited from going anywhere without surveillance, and our female staff were not even allowed to lock the toilet door.

The headquarters and the offices of the Labyrinth of Buda Castle were force-evacuated with immediate effect, preventing in a premeditated way the Company from doing its business, building its defence in various court proceedings and even from being available. Why?

What could possibly have led to the type of police action reminiscent of the bleakest periods of Hungarian history? The Labyrinth of Buda Castle is not a terrorist hub or a drug den, but a cultural attraction, classified as one of the Seven Underground Wonders of the World.

Various individuals and organisations have since 2002 sought to snatch the rights to the area and, in actions including the recent raid, to nationalise or usurp it in a way that the Company operating the system of cellars should not have to be compensated for the thirty years of technical, intellectual, tourism and marketing investments it has put into the Labyrinth, and worse, to discredit the Company in every possible way.

After many illegal acquisition attempts were foiled in court, yet another unwarranted, forceful police action took place in 2008 on the premises of the Labyrinth. All accusations were denied and the brutal and illegal actions condemned in all proceedings and on every level of court, and the Company won the case.

The recent attack differs from the 2008 raid in that this time the interested circles are seeking to establish an irreversible situation (through judicial vacations, depriving the Company of its own offices, etc.). The director of the Middle-Danube-Valley Inspectorate for

Environmental Protection lied without batting an eyelid to the cameras, as he did in press releases published in several electronic or printed media. Cited as conclusive evidence, the fact that the Supreme Court rejected the submissions of the Company is simply not true. Most of the director’s statements were false or unjustified, merely serving to legitimise the atrocities that provoked a public outcry. Moreover, the Inspectorate never submitted to the appellate body the petition for the suspension of execution.

In 2008 it was the lack of a tourism permission, this time it is the lack of a land use permit and damage to the environment that is being referred to. The fact that we are looking at pretexts for nationalisation is confirmed by the fact that the exhibitions of the Labyrinth of Buda Castle – built over the past 30 years and unchanged since – have been known to the Inspectorate for decades and it has never raised any objection. They have had the chance to do so for long, but never did. Until now.
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karikata karikata
3 reviews
The home of secrets Apr 18, 2011
The Buda castle labyrinth is not a usual museum you seen. Its under the Gellért Hill, what you can find on the Buda side of Budapest. When you go inside, you ll feel like the noisy city stop exsist, and its like a new world somewhere hiding. Its like you explore this new world. There are true stories you can read, and some objects exhibited. You ll get a lantern, which made it more frightening. Of course its absolutely safe.
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Icarus_Sky Icarus_S…
3 reviews
Buda Castle Labyrinths Feb 21, 2010
We really enjoyed our visit at the Labyrinth of Buda Castle. We first went there at daytime and later we returned for an evening program with the Oil Lanterns. Both were really good!

It's true that this is not what you may expect - it is not a historical exhibition. It has a unique humor e.g. with the Labyrinth of the End History, but we found it funny. We got a leaflet at the entrance so we read a bit about it, and knew what to expect. The wine really tastes aweful, but they say you shouldn't drink it - we tried it, of course, but it has a really bad taste... The Crowned Head was a bit shocking at first, it's huge, but I really liked it, all in all
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Eric Eric
408 reviews
Jul 18, 2006
The castle labyrinths on Buda hill are an odd but enjoyable experience. Apparently the entire complex of underground caves was created entirely by thermal springs, and it has alternately served as a pre-historic residence, military bunker, and bom shelter throughout its history. In its current incarnation, it is a somewhat cheesy "museum"/haunted house, and the caves are filled with odd sculptures and imitation cave paintings.I came and visited the caverns between 6PM-7:30PM, during which time they turn off all of the lights and let you explore the entirety of the caverns using an oil lamp. This certainly added a lot to the experience, and I would highly recommend doing one of these "night" visits. I'm not sure it would be worth visiting during the day time, as I think the whole place would come off as entirely too cheesy.
Weird pool/sculpture in the labyri…
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ekthor ekthor
33 reviews
Oct 22, 2005
Even if the labyrinth could be cheesy, as Eric said, in my opinion it could be one of the most entertaining things to visit in Budapest. I really reccomend people going to this because it isn't really expensive as the most you could pay are 1500ft which is barely 6 euros. I especially like the fact that they have a wine fountain inside the labyrinth.

During the night you can take a walk into the labyrinth using oil lamps, with everything dark. During the day it isn't scary or anything, but still you have to watch you feet on some of the parts of the labyrinth because they're totally dark and you have no oil lamp to show you the way. Luckily for me, I had a lighter and managed to find my way through a little easier.

According to the history of this place, the labyrinth was created as an effect of Hot water springs, later the small caves were connected with each other and served some sort of military porpuse or bomb refugee or whatever they used it for.
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