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Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum

1012 Lovas út 4/c.

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The Hospital in the Rock was built in a natural cave system. These extremely rare caves are located under the Castle Hill, created after the glacial period by spring-water at the meeting point of limestone and marl. From the Middle Ages this 10 km long natural cave- and cellar system has been constantly used by the local citizens. After the outbreak of WWII, from 1939, most of the caves were constructed to function as shelters. The very first room to be constructed inside the cave system was the so-called Air Raid Alarm Control Centre, where the air raid sirens of the castle area were controlled between 1937-45. While air defence is responsible for the protection of the air space, the passive air-defence (or air-precautions) ensured the protection and preparation of civilians for air raids.

The captivating history of the Hospital in the Rock (Sziklakórház), an underground hospital turned into a nuclear bunker beneath the Buda Castle was top secret until 2002, but now you can discover this unparalleled experience in person. Nearly 200 life-like wax figures, along with the original furniture and medical equipment help you to journey through time and breathe in the air of World War 2, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the Cold War. The most recently added sections introduce the history of combat casualty care through the rescue operations of the Special Forces, and present the horrors and threats of nuclear weapons from the past to the present. The museum is open every day all year round. English guided tours depart every hour on the hour.

Last entry is at 7 pm.

Budapest Card: 30%

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Monday 10:00 - 20:00

Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00

Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00

Thursday 10:00 - 20:00

Friday 10:00 - 20:00

Saturday 10:00 - 20:00

Sunday 10:00 - 20:00