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Hospital in the Rock – tour tickets, prices, what to expect, FAQs

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The Hospital in the Rock is part of a vast network of natural caves and tunnels beneath Budapest’s Buda Castle.

Locals have used these caves since the Middle Ages, spanning 10 km (6 miles) in length. The hospital served as an essential emergency facility during World War II and the 1956 revolution.

Later, during the Cold War, it became an atomic bunker known as the Rock Hospital Nuclear Bunker Museum.

Its secretive location remained undisclosed until 2002. Today, it operates as a museum aiming to reveal the realities of war and promote the importance of peace.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets to the Matthias Church in Budapest.

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# Hospital in the Rock tour tickets

What to expect at Rock Hospital

The Rock Hospital can only be visited as part of the official hourlong guided tour.

During your visit, a local guide will take you through cramped operating theaters and machinery-filled nuclear bunkers, all restored to their wartime conditions. 

Explore the hospital’s original equipment, medical facilities, and history.

You can even participate in a competitive nuclear readiness drill against other tourists.


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Where to book tickets

Tickets for Hospital in the Rock are available online and at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. 

Because some attractions sell limited tickets, booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit the booking page for Hospital in the Rock, select your travel date and the number of tickets, and make the booking.

Once you complete the booking process, the tickets will be mailed to you.

You do not need to carry printouts.

Show the e-ticket on your smartphone at the entrance and walk in. Carry a valid ID.

Hospital in the Rock ticket prices

Adult tickets for Hospital in the Rock for people above 16 years cost HUF 38,090 (€100).

Tickets for children between seven and 16 are priced at HUF 14,477 (€38). 

The Museum tour prohibits children under the age of seven.

Hospital in the Rock tour tickets

This is a 3-hour guided tour, during which you spend one hour exploring the Rock Hospital Museum.

You will meet your guide at the Holy Trinity Statue, from where you will walk around the magnificent Matthias Church.

Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the fascinating Castle Hill area on the Buda side of Budapest.

You will see Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, Holy Trinity Square, and other popular Budapest attractions.

During the last leg of the tour, you will receive a physical Hospital in the Rock ticket from your guide and step into the museum.

You can cancel this ticket up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.

Meeting Point: Meet at Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary Szentháromság Square, in front of the Holy Trinity Column opposite the front gate of Matthias Church. Get Directions.

Ticket Price

Adult ticket (16+ years): HUF 38,090 (€100)
Child ticket (7 to 15 years): HUF 14,477 (€38)

Infants (up to 6 years): Not Allowed


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Visiting Rock Hospital with kids

Due to the disturbing and shocking design of the exhibition, young children under six are not allowed to visit the museum.

Even though the Rock Hospital & Nuclear Bunker Museum is not recommended for children under 12 years of age, they can visit under the supervision of a parent/guardian.

How to reach Rock Hospital & Nuclear Bunker

The underground Rock Hospital is only a few minutes from the Matthias Church in the Castle Hill district on the Buda side of Budapest.

Address: Budapest, Lovas út 4/c, 1012 Hungary. Get Directions.

By Bus

Bécsi Kapu Tér bus stop is a two-minute walk away from the church.

Dísz Tér bus stop is a six-minute walk away.

Mikó Utca bus stop is a five-minute walk away.

You can board bus lines 16, 16A,116, and 916 for the Matthias Church.

By Train

Déli Pályaudvar Tram station is a ten-minute walk away.

By Car

Put your starting point here to navigate to the Matthias Church.

Several parking spots are available nearby.

Check out this video to find the path you and your guide will follow to reach the Rock Hospital Museum – 


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Hospital in the Rock’s timings

The hospital in the Rock in Budapest is open from 10 am to 7 pm every day of the week.

The ticket office closes at 6 pm, and the last entry is an hour before the museum’s closure. 

The museum remains closed on January 1, November 1 (All Saint’s Day), December 24-25, and December 31.

How long does the tour take

The Hospital In the Rock tour takes 60-70 minutes to complete.

You can pair your trip to the Rock Hospital with a walking tour of Budapest’s historic castle hill area and complete the excursion in around 3 hours.

Best time to visit the Rock Hospital

The best time to visit the Hospital in the Rock is in the morning as soon as the attraction opens, preferably between 10 am and 11 am.

This will allow you to tour the attraction away from the bustle of incoming tourists, and since the Hospital is in a cave system, it’s best to visit it during the least busy hours as some people might feel a little claustrophobic.

Essential information

The Rock Hospital has a few steps, but you can access most of the museum with a wheelchair.

It is important to note that photography is not permitted within the Rock Hospital Museum.

If the guided tour is unavailable in English due to unforeseen circumstances, written English language documents are always provided during the tour.

FAQs about Hospital In the Rock

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the Hospital In the Rock:

Is it possible to walk around inside the Hospital of the Rock?

Due to safety precautions, wandering about freely without a guide’s supervision is not feasible. Individual visitors join the departing groups.
During operating hours, guided tours lasting sixty minutes leave every hour on the hour.
You can easily book a guided tour with an English guide for an excursion through the hospital and museum.

What is the temperature inside the Hospital of the Rock?

All year round, the temperature ranges from 15 to 18 degrees Celsius.
It can get chilly in the summer, so pack an extra jumper or purchase military gear from the gift store.
On-site, genuine coats (capes) are also offered without charge.

Can I use my mobile inside the Hospital of the Rock?

The facility is surrounded by one-meter-thick concrete walls 15 meters below the surface, and unfortunately, there is no mobile signal.

Why can’t I take photos during the Hospital of the Rock tour?

It is not permitted to take pictures, movies, or voice recordings.

It annoys other people, slows down the group, and increases the possibility of being lost or hurt within the building.
Additionally, it renders the guide incapable of keeping up the presentation’s pace or tending to an emergency.

Sources

# Budacastlebudapest.com
# Whichmuseum.com
# Tripadvisor.com
# Wikipedia.org

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