Terror Haza (House of Terror)

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On Andrassy Avenue, Budapest, Hungary

Terror Haza (House of Terror) Budapest Reviews

vintagetakk vintaget…
2 reviews
Amazing historical and artistic museum Jul 23, 2011
The Terror House of Budapest is a absolute must visit, and certainly worth every penny. I visited in April 2010 and was shocked at just how well put together this museum is, it's like an art gallery. Obviously the museum tells the tale of Hungary during the Second World War, but also the role the building had to play as the Nazi headquarters during the war and also the later communist takeover. This museum will most likely upset you and it's not easy to listen to some of the personal stories of the survivors, but the wealth of information given in many different languages is excellent. The building itself is an imposing structure and they have fitted a huge Soviet tank as a piece of art inside the centre of the structure. As a museum the structure is extremely well planned as you walk through the floors you make your way up to the top of the building and then are put into a glass lift that takes you down to the basements where prisoners were kept and tortured. this is the most disturbing part of the museum but should not be missed.
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camel74 camel74
2 reviews
Excellent and brave endevour Jun 22, 2011
A very moving and brave attempt by the Hungarian people to come to terms with decades of self inflicted violence and torture.

How did Karl Marx and Lenin reach these depths of human behaviour? By preaching that workers [peasants] are superior to the 'aristocrats'. The peasants promptly killed off the upper layers of society and in its place was a kind of 'jungle rule'.

Education was frowned upon - engineers made to work under illiterate bosses...
WalterC WalterC
389 reviews
Sobering, history lesson come to life Oct 12, 2010
As you walk on the nice street of Andrassy ut, you come across a building with the word “TERROR” overhang on it. When you enter the building, you get the feeling that you entered into a haunted house. But this isn’t just any haunted house for scary, Halloween fun. Instead, you have entered the real thing. Once the headquarters of the Nazis and the Communists after that, the House of Terror is now a museum, telling the story of the horrors of both regimes in the last century.

After paying admission, you enter an atrium, with a Soviet tank on display, and a wall that has pictures of people who were killed during those times. You go up some stairs until you enter the exhibition, which serves as an introduction of what Hungary had to go through. There are videos on 2 sides of the wall. One side has video footage of the Nazis in Budapest, while the other side shows the Soviets coming into power after World War II. The music sets the mood of what is to come.

After that, you are led through the times, starting from World War II, when the Arrow Cross came into power in Hungary, who were the puppet government of the Nazis. Then after their “liberation”, the Soviets instilled a Communist regime with the AVO as the secret police. Each room gets into different aspects, from the Nazis in power to interrogation methods used by the Communists. And there are English fliers in each room, giving detailed information about the room’s topic.

Going through this museum, it is a lot more sobering to learn and realize that you are in the very place where all it happened, first-hand. More so than learning in a history class.

Photography is only allowed in the atrium, but not anywhere else.

This museum is well-worth the time, mainly for those interested in history. Coming away from it, it was reminder how good I really had it in my life.
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138 reviews
Jul 29, 2007
Terror Haza is a museum about the two ocupation powers in Hungary since 1942. Its

You have to hand it to this museum that they have done really really well with the multimedia interaction. With flashing lights and music makes this experience really good.

It can remind about the "Museum of Genocide victims" in Vilnius. The prison is pretty much the same, but not as extensive.

Its biggest drawback is that there is very little information in English, so an Audioguide is really usefull.

HUF 1500 Entrance Fee. Audioguide HUF 750 an hour.

20% Discount with the Budapest Card
ekthor ekthor
33 reviews
Oct 25, 2005
This museum was erected by the Hungarian government (started in 2000 and finished in 2002) to remember the two horror regimens they went through in the 20th century. In 1944 it was the party headquarters of the Hungarian Nazis, the Hungarian Arrow Cross Party. Also between 1945 and 1956 it was home of some Communist terror organizations. This museum is also an iconic monuments for Hungary, becuase the whole building sets you in context for the museums topic.

The museum is actually very good and very complete. It is quite big, including 3 floors and a basement, all of which have something to see. I would advise you visiting this place with time because it does take you some time getting all through it. When I went, it was near the closing time and when they wanted to close, they cut our visit short to show us out. The price is very accesible at only 1500ft, which is about 6 euros and is well worth a visit.

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