One of the most popular tourist attractions in Budapest and a reminder of the country’s struggle for freedom is the House of Terror Museum (Terror Háza) at 60 Andrássy út in the VI district. It is a unique monument to the memory of those who suffered most under the terror regimes that controlled Hungary in the second half of the 20th century.
Walking down Andrássy út the House of Terror is unmistakeable – standing dark and imposingly, with its dark granite walls and black, steel, rooftop façade which spells TERROR – a complete contrast to the designer shops and restaurants that can be found nearby.
The building the museum occupies is the former home of both the Arrow Cross Party (Nyilaskeresztes Párt – Hungarista Mozgalom) – a national socialist party which led a Hungarian government between 1944 and 1945; and the ÁVH (Államvédelmi Hatóság) – who were the secret police force in Hungary under communist rule from 1945 until 1956 and were responsible for the imprisonment, torture and murder of many Hungarians.
The idea for the museum was conceived In December 2000 by “The Public Foundation for the Research of Central and East European History and Society”, a pan European educational organisation, and the museum itself was opened on February 24th, 2002, after a yearlong renovation.
The stated aims of the museum are to help visitors understand what life was like for Hungarians during those bloody periods in history in an interesting and tangible way; and demonstrate that the fight against terror ended with the victory for the forces of freedom and independence.
- Address: Budapest, 1062, Andrássy út 60.
- Telephone: +36 1 374 2600
- Website: http://www.terrorhaza.hu
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting there by Public Transport:
- Nearest Metro Station: Vörösmarty utca station (Metro Line 1)
- Nearest Tram Stop: Oktogon (Trams 4 & 6)
- Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
- Last entry to the museum is at 5.30pm
- Full price ticket: 2000HUF
- Discount price tickets: 1000HUF (EU Student)
- Audio guide: 1300HUF (available in English & German)
A 20% discount is available on ticket prices for visitors with a valid Budapest Card.
The discounted ticket price is available to children; citizens of the European Economic Area aged over 62 (with valid ID); and students under 26 (with a valid International student ID card).
No admission fee is required for visiting the museum bookshop where you can purchase some of the most defining books about the terror regimes that occupied Hungary.