City tours in Budapest

If you’re hard-pressed for time, you might appreciate a two- to three-hour city bus tour. These generally take you past the Parliament, along Andrássy út, across to the Várhegy and up to Gellért-hegy for panoramic photo opportunities. Of the many on offer, Ibusz runs three-hour trips for 8200Ft, and some more for as an addon to visit to the Parliament building; tickets are sold at V, Ferenciek tere 10, in the centre (or online www.ibusz.huRead the rest here →

Cave Church (Sziklatemplom)

Name: Cave Church
Category: Religious buildings
Location: 1114 Budapest, Szent Gellért rakpart 1.


Good to know about the Cave Church

  • Pauline monks built this remarkable church inside Gellért Hill after a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. The church was consecrated in 1926
  • During World War II it functioned as a military hospital for the Nazi army In an attempt to curb the power of the Catholic Church the secret police raided the church in 1951.
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Cave Hospital

Name: Cave Hospital
Category: Museums & Art
Location: 1012 Budapest, Lovas út 4/c
Phone: +36 70 7 01 01 01



Good to know about the Cave Hospital

  • Cave Hospital is an underground complex beneath Buda Castle
  • The place served as a military hospital in WWII and as a nuclear shelter during the Cold War Originally it used to be a wine cellar; later, in the Turkish times, it became a hiding place for treasures and women from the harem
  • The complex occupies 2000 sq m (6,560 sq ft); it was designed for 300 patients and 40 doctors and nurses worked here in shifts
  • In the last days of the WWII Budapest siege, more than 600 patients were squeezed in these windowless rooms filled with smell of blood, sweat and urine
  • The museum opened in 2008; it contains the original medical instruments and close to 70 wax figures
  • The guided tours are rich with anectodes and stories that make visiting the museum a great experience

Tip: The museum can only be visisted on guided tours, which depart on the hour.… Read the rest here →

Hidden City Squares in Budapest


While peace and quiet is harder to find in Pest than it is in leafy Buda, you don’t have to trek out to City Park or Margaret Island to experience what is known as “park life” as a secluded spot is often never more than a few corners away.… Read the rest here →