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Budapest: House of Terror Guided Tour

1. Budapest: House of Terror Guided Tour

Visit the House of Terror, built in memory of the victims of the fascist and communist dictatorships in Hungary, with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about the dark events that took place here at the helm of the Hungarian secret police. Gain a better understanding from Hungary's complex political background through the exhibits focusing on the 1950s and the brutality that followed the 1956 uprising. Meet your guide in front of the entrance of the building, which was once the seat of AVO (State Protection Authority). Walk through the museum together and learn about Hungary during WWII and the Nazi rule then leading to the Soviet Communist occupation. Th exhibits demonstrate how everyday life was organised under the terror of Communist secret police, how their staff members were recruited, how the general elections were falsified, how the propaganda machinery worked, and all political opposition was oppressed. Next you will see the main interrogation and torture chamber of the building, which remained untouched since the 1950s despite the multiple reconstructions of the building. See many documents of the life and economy of the 1950s: the food quota ticket system, the practice of compulsory deliveries and terror against the peasantry. The exhibition leads you to the office room of the dreaded director of the State Protection Authority, with his original desk restored. Go through the "Justice room" to see the process of politically organised show trials against people who were declared enemies of the regime.  The most horrific part of the building is the basement, where a part of the original prison cells were faithfully restored. See the various special rooms: a "wet cell", a "fox hole", a detention cell, a torture chamber and an execution room with a gallow. The last part of the exhibition shows the 1956 national revolution against Soviet occupation and Communist rule, and its consequences, the retaliation and mass emigration. Finally, you will see the Hall of Tears commemorating all of the victims, the Perpetrators' Wall and a memorial of the Soviet troops leaving Hungary in 1991.

Budapest: Grand Sightseeing Bike Tour

2. Budapest: Grand Sightseeing Bike Tour

Tour Budapest by bike on this guided sightseeing tour. See the city's landmarks as you ride along the banks of the Danube River. Enjoy the view from the Castle District in Buda and see Neo-renaissance down Andrássy Avenue. Meet your guide at the activity provider's office and hop on your bike to being your sightseeing tour. Ride down Duna Corso to the Chain Bridge and climb the Castle District in Buda to take in the stunning view of Pest. Descend to the Danube to ride along the river, chill out on the Margaret Island, and visit the House of Parliament, Freedom Square, and St. Stephen’s Basilica. After a ride on the UNESCO-listed Andrássy avenue to pass the Opera house and the House of Terror, reach Heroes' Square and the City Park, before going back to the activity provider's office.

Budapest: E-Bike Guided Tour and Castle Hill

3. Budapest: E-Bike Guided Tour and Castle Hill

Explore the beautiful city of Budapest in the most relaxed way possible, by E-bike. Follow your local, enthusiastic guide to some of the most famous sights in the city and learn interesting facts about each location.  Ride your bike to the Chain Bridge and climb up to the stunning Castle Hill, where you can experience incredible views over the city. Descend back down to the Danube and journey alongside the famous river. Spend some time on Margaret Island, before you visit the Hungarian Parliament Building. Travel to Freedom Square and admire St. Stephen's Basilica. Venture down Andrassy Avenue and view the Hungarian State Opera House and the House of Terror on the way. End your tour at Hősök tere, one of the major squares in Budapest, and spend some time in City Park before you return to the office. 

Budapest: Haunted City Exploration Game

4. Budapest: Haunted City Exploration Game

Follow the clues in the app and discover Dracula’s Castle, the House of Terror, the Haunted House, and many other haunted landmarks around Budapest. Read fascinating stories about the different destinations you are led to and uncover events that took place in them, as well as the people who used to live or work there. The quest can be played at any hour but it is recommended that you try it at night, for the full haunted experience. It will take between 1 and 2 hours to complete but there is no time limit so you can finish it at your own pace.  Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions so you will not need a map or GPS. When you get the correct answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. You will not need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and you are ready to go on a haunted adventure. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Budapest: Guided E-Bike Tour

5. Budapest: Guided E-Bike Tour

Explore Budapest, the so-called "Paris of the East," on a comfortable on a brand new e-bike from the leading German manufacturer, Kalkhoff. First up, take in the full-length of the Andrássy Avenue passing the Hungarian State Opera House, the House of Terror, and arrive at Heroes' Square. You can be sure your guide will have all the stories along the way. From Heroes' Square, continue into City Park where you’ll be surprised by a fake castle and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the largest and most popular in the city. The trip continues with highlights like the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and the Jewish Quarter before diving into the downtown area.  See and learn about St. Stephen's Basilica, largest church in Budapest. In the heart of the financial district lies Liberty Square with a bloody history and a disputed Holocaust memorial. From here it is not far to the Hungarian Parliament Building, a landmark in Budapest. Next, reach the Danube River with a breathtaking view on the Buda side of the city. Cross Margaret Bridge using a nice bicycle lane and arrive at Buda and EuroVelo 6, an international bicycle way along the Danube River. Ride down to Batthyany-Square, take a picture of the parliament across the river, and continue to Széchenyi Chain Bridge, from where you will start to climb Castle Hill. Here the electric support of your bike will show its strength. Admire Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion before returning to the Shoes on the Danube Bank and passing the historical Rudas Bath. At Gellért Hill, see the famous Gellért Thermal Bath cross back to Pest via Liberty Bridge, the most popular bridge in Budapest. Do not miss the Central Market Hall and the Hungarian National Museum before you reach the Dohány Street Synagogue, the final stop on the tour before you return to the starting point of the tour.

Budapest Private Guided 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

6. Budapest Private Guided 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

See the main sights on both parts of the river in Budapest. Walk around the Castle District, enjoy the view from the Citadel, drive along the Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square, passing by many of the sights of the city. Your tour starts after pick-up from your hotel. On the Buda side, stop in the Castle District and during a short walk you will see the main attractions of the area. Walk to the Matthias Church and to the Fisherman’s Bastion. The Gellért Hill (Citadel) provides the most spectacular view of Budapest. On the Pest side, you can see Parliament, St. Stephens Basilica and many other sights. On the way to the Heroes’ Square you can see Adrássy Avenue with the Opera House, the House of Terror and many luxury shops. After that, the drive continues to the City Park. You will pass by the Vajdahunyad Castle, Europe’s largest thermal spa (Széchenyi Bath) and the Budapest Zoo and the Once Upon a Time Park.

Budapest: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

7. Budapest: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Download a vibrant MP3 Self-Guided Audio Tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Welcome to Budapest, the Queen of the Danube. There are many different landmarks to see in this beautiful city, including Heroes' Square, with its its iconic statue complex featuring the seven chieftains of the Magyars, and the fascinating House of Terror with exhibits related to the communist and fascist regimes in 20th-century Hungary. You will also see: The magnficent St Stephen's Basilica, with is superb stained glass windows and an interior full of splendid artworks The Budapest Opera house, one of the finest opera houses in the world The Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum The Hungarian National Museum The massive Central Market Hall Váci út Vorosmarty ter Szechenyi Istvan ter There are many fascinating sights to see in Budapest. There is something for everyone. Your tour. Your way.

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What people are saying about House of Terror

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 142 reviews

Do it! David, our guide is very friendly and has a lot of knowledge, not only about the places we visit but also about any other question you could have. The bikes are also very well maintained and pretty new. If you wish, you can also rent an ebike

Really great experience and definitely worth doing to see the sights. Our guide was amazing and very helpful. Would recommend.

very friendly tour guide, felt safe during cycling - would recommend doing on first day in budapest

A fantastic way to get to know the city. ET is a pleasant guide. It is highly recommended.

We had a great trip. Our guide ET was brilliant and very informative!