House of Terror
Our first stop this morning was to the House of Terror, a museum dedicated to the victims of Hungary’s recent terror, during and following World War Two. The site of the museum is in a building that served first as the headquarters of the Hungarian Arrow Cross Party (Hungarian Nazi Party) and was then occupied by Soviet communist terror organisations following World War Two. Entry to the museum is £3 for concessions (under 26 and living in European Economic Area) or £6 for adults. The museum was well worth a visit, very moving and enlightening about the plight of Hungarians, especially following the War. It flowed more as one big sculpture than separate exhibits, the main feature being a tank sat in oil in the centre of the building, overlooked from all floors.
‘Iron Curtain’ sculpture outside the museum.
Great Market Hall
After the House of Terror, we headed to the Great Market Hall for a browse around souvenir stalls and grab some food. The Market Hall is a regular market in a fantastic building. I managed to find a vegetarian meal (aubergine with rice and cheese) for around £4.50.
After lunch, we walked over the bridge towards Gellert Hill. On the bridge, people were climbing up it in search of the best photo, it looked so dangerous!
At the foot of the hill is a Catholic church in a cave, we got a quick audio tour for £2 before continuing our climb up Gellert Hill to get the best view of the city.
On top of Gellert Hill, you can get a 360 degree view of the city, a statue of a woman holding an olive branch, representing liberty and victory, sits on top of the hill and can be seen from most parts of the city.
After spending about two hours on the hill, drinking mulled wine and taking photos, we walked back to the apartment to get ready to go to some of Budapest’s famous ruin bars.