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One of the Museums I was really curious to see was The House of Terror. It’s a memorial to the victims of the communist and fascist regimes of the 20th century. It’s located in the former headquarters for the secret police of both the Nazi and Communist governments. The building’s awning has the word TERROR cut out of it, and when the sun projects through these letters, it symbolizes the terror which was projected onto the Hungarian people for fifty years.
There are also a piece of the Berlin Wall in front of the museum
and an Iron Curtain monument.
The museum’s atrium features a Soviet tank and a huge wall covered with portraits of the victims of this building. There are all sorts of displays telling the story of the incomprehensible brutality of the Nazis and the Communists in Hungary, and although it is in Hungarian, there are plenty of English handouts and audioguides that explain everything and give a powerful experience. The basement has been restored to how it was then, with its tiny stone cells where dissidents were tortured and killed. Visiting this museum is like a punch in the stomach!
The complex consists of the Great Synagogue, the Heroes’ Temple – a memorial to Hungarian Jews who gave their lives during World War I, the Jewish Museum with a display of Jewish artifacts from the region, the Jewish Cemetery – where over 2.000 people are buried there and the Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park with a magnificent sculpture by Imre Varga, in memory of those who had died and disappeared, depicting a weeping willow with the names and tattoo numbers of over 400.000 people.
Every Sunday, Szimpla Kert hosts one of the city’s best farmers market, full of fresh products and tasty meats and cheeses. There were plenty not only to look at and buy but to try as well on the spot. There was surprisingly a lot of people at the market and it was quite crowded the whole time we were there but it was a nice atmosphere with live music and overall a great experience. I’m glad that we visited!
WHAT WE DIDN’T SEE
Overall it was a great trip.
Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and as soon as
you arrive there you feel the influence from many different countries
and periods in history. The Romans, Magyars, Turks, Austrians, and
Soviets have all left their mark on Budapest, helping shape it into the
city it is today.