Our final day (or rather morning) in Budapest has arrived. We had an afternoon flight back to London so still had the early part of the day to explore our last bit of the city, which for us, meant a trip to the TERROR HAZA!!!!
Dun dun duhhhhhh!
We’d driven past the Terror Haza (House of Terror) on our Big Bus tour the day before and my sister and I were like errrrmaaaghaad we totes have to go there tomorrow. Y’see we love all the gory parts of history and the Terror Haza seemed like it would be all about the gore and horror (I get that makes us a tad weird and messed up) and it totally was…well the last part of it at least.
First though, we needed to eat. (of course I always need to bloody eat.)
As we didn’t have much time before we had to head to the airport we made our way to the area of the Terror Haza and went to the Eco Cafe which was pretty much next door. It was the only half decent looking place in the area and it turned out to be exactly what we were after.
Cheese and tomato panini inhaled we made our way into the HOUSE OF TERROR *said in a really scary booming voice, obvs*
The Terror Haza is a house on Andrassy Avenue in Budapest. It was home to some of the most horrific acts seen in Budapest throughout the second world war and during the Communist regime. It was the headquarters for Nazi Soldiers in 1940 and then after the end of the second world war the Secret police of the ACH took it over, it is now a powerful museum and memorial to the victims of these times.
As you enter the museum you are met by a huge ominous tank in the middle of the building and as you look around it’s hard to grasp the reality that this was once a place of brutal torture and murder.
My advice would be to get the headsets if you don’t read Hungarian so you can listen to the stories and information in each room…and it’s a lot of information. There are three floors of exhibits telling the rise and fall of the Arrow Cross Party during the 2nd world war and then moves onto the arrival of the Soviet Union, the rigged elections, the over-the-top taxes and the continued persecution of the Jewish population.
The truly horrifying part is when you descend into the basement to find a dungeon of cells where the Nazis & the ACH tortured and murdered hundreds of civilians. I found this part to be truly terrifying. It was chilling to think that I was standing in the very spot where people had been dragged into cold, wet and dark cells to be brutally tortured into confessing to crimes they did not commit.
I couldn’t get my head around the fact that I was in a place that had seen such atrocities…and I couldn’t get out of there quick enough. I cannot imagine the true terror those people must have felt. It really was a stark reminder of the true horror of those times and the evil that ruled them.
I think it’s so important that we never forget how awful that period in history was so it never happens again and for that reason I think the Terror Haza is a definite must see attraction if you’re in Budapest.
After the museum we decided to head back to the city park and round off the trip with a few final cocktails at Robinson restaurant.
It’s right on the lake and a really, really pretty spot. The sun was shining down on us and it was the perfect end to a lovely 4 days in Hungary.
Then it was time to head back, collect our bags and catch a cab to the airport.
I absolutely loved visiting Budapest and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a city break in Europe. I would love to go back in winter and see how different the city is with it’s Christmas markets and ice rinks. I’d also keep it in mind for a cheap and cheerful girls holiday in the summer and make sure I head back to those ruin bars.
Thanks for reading,