Hospital in the rock
There are many sights in the capital of Hungary which should be considered ‘must-see’, but there are a few lesser known interesting and unique spots which you should definitely make time to see.
Budapest has a wide range of museums, and one of the greatest is the Hospital in the Rock. It is definitely one of the more unusual in the city – telling such a breathtaking story, and showing it in an interactive way. It is situated on the Buda side of the city, part of the Buda Castle, making it quite accessible.
This Museum (which was open to the public in 2008) is part of a 10 km long stretch of interconnected caves and cellars underneath the Buda Castle Hill. It covers more than 2300 m2. It used to be a former secret emergency hospital and nuclear bunker.
Firstly, the caves with the tunnels were used as an air raid shelter. Then an emergency surgical hospital was also built here. It was actively used during WW II until July 1945, when the Soviet Army arrived, and the Nazi Army of Germany left our country.
The hospital lay dormant for some time, however, during the 1956 Revolution, it was again opened to treat wounded civilians and soldiers. From 1958 it was expanded to withstand potential chemical and nuclear attacks during the Color War.
Given its unique story, as a tourist attraction is has won several prizes each year – including from TripAdvisor.
The major aim of the museum is to show the real face of the war to the audience, emphasizing the value of peace and at the same time commemorating all these heroes (doctors, nurses, volunteers), who proved their humanity even at those cold and grey times.
The museum also has a shop, where visitors have the chance to buy souvenirs and even try out some of the special equipment and masks used at the hospital.
Monday to Friday: 10am-8pm. They provide guided tours, for language options and availabilities, please check the website: http://www.sziklakorhaz.eu/
How to get there
from downtown Deák Square(/or from Széll Kálmán Square), take the bus #16 up to the Castle Hill and get off at Matthias Church, from there it is 2 minutes of wall to the back of the Hill.
Budapest, Lovas út 4/C, 1012