- Chill at: Corvintető Rooftop Bar
- Relive history at: House of Terror
- Delve into the canvas at: Hungarian National Art Museum
- Customary Budapest experience at: Széchenyi Thermal Baths
- Delve into Budapest’s heritage at: Castle Hill
- Escape to: Margaret Island
From FunkNBunk (5 minute walk)
As featured in our previous article, 6 Things that Excite me Most About Budapest – Opened in 2002, the House of Terror is one of the most powerful museums in Europe, holding exhibitions that revisit fascist and communist dictatorial regimes in 20th-century. The site marks a memorial to the victims of themes regimes as the building once played headquarters to the secret police of the Nazi and Communist governments. The museum holds exhibitions that model Gulag life, analyse Socialist Realist propaganda and reveal execution methods of the respective regimes. The experience as a whole offers an incomparable eeriness that brings prominence to the phrase – “lest we forget.”
FunkNBunk is giving you a rare inside peek into the House of Terror settled on Andrássy street.
The entrance is immediately overwhelming with a wall measuring three storeys featuring victims of the the totalitarian regime that haunts Hungary until this day. The self serviced tour begins on the second floor and ends in the basement where you travel through the underground detention centres and torture chambers utilised by the secret police when the building used to house the central headquarters.
The immense photo wall doesn’t encompass the entirety of the memorials you will stumble along in several narrow halls.
Each room is themed differently focusing on specific aspects of the era – the persecution, the concentration camps, the Soviet influence, military leaders involved in the regime and so on.
The House of Terror is a FunkNBunk recommendation for all history enthusiasts and even those who are keen on the context of many of Budapest’s famous monuments.
Stay tuned for our little chat with Romina from FunkNBunk.
Resident skater, Simon (don’t doubt the YOLO stamp) recommends Erzsébet Square for some of Budapest’s sickest moves. Skater or not, visit the Square at sundown to watch locals shred through the park.
Erzsébet tér, Budapest, District 5
From FunkNBunk (10 minute walk)
Buried in the coves of Eastern Europe, Budapest houses the mountainous regions of Buda and the bustling network of Pest. Ready to bask in the manmade lagoons of the city to the historical embrace of Hungary’s revolution, here Budapest’s gifts that await you:
Contemporary scene alight with the bustle of youth culture in the heart of Budapest overlooks the city in a breathtaking sequence. True to its legacy, films are screened against the night sky and dance floor open to the stars as DJ’s welcome the breaking dawn.
Where? Budapest, Blaha Lujza tér 1-2, 1085 Hungary
(From FunkNBunk, 12 minute tram)
When? Tuesday – Sunday, 6:00 pm – 6:00 am
House of Terror
Opened in 2002, the House of Terror is one of the most powerful museums in Europe, holding exhibitions that revisit fascist and communist dictatorial regimes in 20th-century. The site marks a memorial to the victims of themes regimes as the building once played headquarters to the secret police of the Nazi and Communist governments. The museum holds exhibitions that model Gulag life, analyse Socialist Realist propaganda and reveal execution methods of the respective regimes. The experience as a whole offers an incomparable eeriness that brings prominence to the phrase – “lest we forget.”
Where? Budapest, Andrássy út 60, 1062 Hungary
(From FunkNBunk, 3 minute walk)
When? Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Renowned for its location in Buda Castle, the National Art Museum’s collections document 5 centuries of Hungarian art including majestic Medieval and Renaissance stonework and haunting Gothic sculptures. It currently holds the largest public collection boldly illustrating the rise and development of fine arts in Hungary.
Where? 1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2., Hungary
(From FunkNBunk, 20 minute metro)
When? Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Széchenyi Baths is one of the largest public baths in the whole of Europe catering to locals and tourists alike. Today, there are a total of 18 pools, of which 15 are spring fed and 1 grandiose outdoor pool where men take to battle games of chess while immersed the steaming water. Summer welcomes pool parties that combine the magic of midnight in Budapest and ecstatic thundering of local DJs.
Where? Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary
(From FunkNBunk, 15 minute walk)
When? Everyday, 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
Castle Hill is recognised as a World Heritage Site, playing gateway to the untouched Budapest of the 14th-18th century. Sweeping gothic arches, glorious 18th century Baroque homes and idyllic cobblestone streets engulf visitors in a world long forgotten. Each house spins a tale of wonder as plaques describe the century of its origin and details of its history. The ban of cars contribute to the medieval revisitation and allow visitors to explore the interconnected cellar system running under the cobblestone streets which traces human life to 500,000 years ago.
Where? Szent Gyorgy Ter, Budapest 1014, Hungary
(From FunkNBunk, 10 minute metro)
When? Everyday, all day
A private escape into the emerald gem of the Danube river, Margaret Island is a whimsical playground of gardens complemented by open air theatres, swimming pools, medieval ruins and musical fountains.
Where? Margitsziget, Budapest 1138, Hungary
(From FunkNBunk, 15 minute tram)
When? Everyday, all day
By Noura Tan
‘Ruin bars’ are some of the main attractions of Budapest’s incredible nightlife.
Throughout the world, shabby-chic is becoming the core tenant of effective interior design. Basically just,upcycling old furnishings from junk stores and flee markets.
Budapest was quick to this trend with ‘Ruin Bars’. Essentially derelict buildings and unused outdoor spaces, which have been transformed into amazing nightlife venues.
Not dissimilar to the nightlife venues of Hoxton, Brooklyn or any other Hipster infused areas.
Not all Ruin Bars were created equally. FunkNBunk’s three favourite ruin pubs are as follows:
1) Ankert – A hip place perfect for a chilled drink especially in summer outside in their courtyard. The beats are that of melodic and radiant house music, creating the ideal setting for a glass of Hungarian wine and a chat.
2) Fogas Haz – Arguably the best place for a Friday or Saturday night boogie in Budapest. The music policy varies from industrial Techno to folk and gypsy music. The crowd is a nice mixture of locals and tourists.
3) Szimpla Kert – Szimpla is the most famous of any Budapest’s ruin pubs. Although it is incredibly touristy, it is definitely worth a visit for any backpacker, at least to see some of the craziest and most bizarre interior design known to man.