Do this because
Visit the former headquarters of the Communist State Security Office, established on the model of Soviet KGB
Follow you professional local tour guide on a shocking tour inside the building
Learn about the dark and cruel atrocities carried out here against thousands of Hungarian political prisoners
What to expect
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 of Hungary's complex political background through the exhibits focusing on the brutality of Communist dictatorship in the 1950s.
Meet your guide at the entrance of the building, which was once the seat of the AVO (State Protection Authority). Walk through the museum together and learn about Hungary during WWII and Nazi rule, leading to the Soviet Communist occupation. The exhibits demonstrate how everyday life was organised under the terror of Hungarian KGB-like secret police, how their staff members were recruited, how the propaganda machine worked and how all political opposition was cruelly oppressed in the country.
Next you will see the main interrogation and torture chamber in 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 period: 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 restored desk. 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 have been 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.
COVID-19 informationThe following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
The experience complies with government regulations
Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
Entry to the House of Terror Museum
Guided tour in English with a professional local tour guide
Budapest, Andrássy út 60, 1062 Hungary
- Meet your tour guide in front of Terror House Museum building and carrying a sign with your name
- Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
Tourist Angel Smc
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.
Important to know
- This tour is not recommended for children under 14
- COVID safety information: The tour guide will wear a protective mask if required by travellers. Social distance will be observed during the tour.