Guided tour

Budapest: House of Terror Guided Tour

4.9 / 5

15 reviews

Activity provider: Tourist Angel

Budapest: House of Terror Guided Tour

Activity provider: Tourist Angel

From US$ 53.55 per person

Visit the building of the central office of AVO, the Communist secret police. Learn about the shocking atrocities carried out here by the secret police from your guide.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Visit the former seat of AVO (State Protection Authority), faithfully restored and transformed into a shocking museum
  • Learn about the Communist regime from a local tour guide trained in history
  • Gain insight into the unspoken secrets of the youth of the present day elderly Hungarians
Full description
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.
  • Guided tour in English with a professional local tour guide
  • Entry to the House of Terror Museum
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    The meeting point is in front of the building. If you arrive earlier, feel free to enter the building and sit down in the cafe or use the bathroom, but please be in front of the building right at the starting time. In case of rain, your guide will wait for you inside the building in the cafe hall.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Cameras
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Video recording

    Know before you go

    •  The tour is not provided by the museum. The tour guide is an autonomous professional, not an employee of the museum.
    • Please do. not look for your ticket in the ticket office. You will receive it from your tour guide at the meeting point.
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    4.9 /5

    based on 15 reviews

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    A haunting memorial to the horrific nazi and communist era in Hungary. Our guide was fantastic at explaining the history and recounting the experiences of Hungarians. The displays show the buildings uses under both regimes. We learnt a lot from our experience and would definitely recommend going.

    January 16, 2022

    Amazing tour! So informative. I would advice anyone who really wants to learn history to take this tour.

    September 1, 2022

    August 25, 2022

    Product ID: 389878