Adventures in Budapest: SemmelweisMuseum

I’ve been to Budapest quite a few times now, and I’ve managed to visit quite a few of the museums the Hungarian capital has to offer. So far, my Budapest Museum total is 11. Well, 12 counting this one. According to gotohungary.com I’m about 10% of the way through. That’s a challenge I am more than…

Call Me, Maybe?

I was in Budapest again back in December. I have already visited quite a few museums in Budapest, but I yet to visit the Hungarian capital’s Telephone Museum. Not from want of trying, mind you. Last time I was in the city, it took me so long to track it down that it closed for the…

Pinball Wizard

There really are museums for everything. On my adventures, I’ve been to museums about death, about marzipan and even a museum that largely concerns itself with neon lights. And that’s just in Budapest! The Hungarian capital is also home to a museum dedicated to pinball machines, possibly one of the largest collections of its kind…

High Voltage at the Electrotechnikai Museum

This is the Electrotechnikai Museum in Budapest, a museum that tells the story of electrical engineering. Although it looks like it is housed in a large and impressive building (albeit not as large or imposing as the Hungarian National Museum) the museum itself is only a few rooms big. So far, this is starting to…

An Adventure in the Hungarian National Museum

With its columns and pediment in the neo-classical style, you would be forgiven if, at first site, you thought this is the museum where I spend most of my time but this isn’t that museum. Rather, it’s the Hungarian National Museum, or for those practising their language skills, the Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum. Purpose built in 1847,…

The Fun in Funeral

It’s a universal fact of life that people are weird about death. It comes to all of us, and yet is always such a surprise – do we all secretly think that we’re immortal? A culture’s funeral rites are always very telling, just think about how much we can learn about the Egyptians through mummification, it reveals so…

Going Underground in Budapest

Every great city has its network of subterranean railways to help the inhabitants get from point a to point b. London has her Tube with its famous map and iconic roundel, New York her  almost incomprehensible subway and Paris has her elegant Metro system. It’s a well-known fact that the London Underground is the oldest of…

Adventures in Budapest: Szarbo Marcipan Museum

I’ve checked and checked again; this museum is not in the guide books (yet!) so you, dear reader(s) are in for an exclusive treat. At Buda Castle, by the Hilton Budapest Hotel, next to the stunning Fisherman’s Bastion and around the corner from where Katy Perry warbled her way through Firework is a hidden (iced)…

Adventures in Budapest: Golden Eagle Pharmacy

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy my visit. This tiny – only two rooms- museum was utterly charming; an apothecary from a time long forgotten by the world outside. It reminded me of  the Old Operating Theatre a little bit. The only real note I made read as follows: “mumiaporos?” as labelling was as sparse as…

Adventures in Budapest: Museum of Applied Arts

This visually stunning museum ( the Iparmuveszeti Muzuem as it’s known locally) is quite literally around the corner from where my charming other half lived whilst he was studying in Budapest a few years ago. Back then, we just wandered by, admiring the architecture and not really realising what was under the glorious green roof. This time around, we’re much…

Adventures in Budapest: Zwack Unicum Museum

“Das ist ein unikum!” the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Joseph II is said to have exclaimed upon tasting the now-famous liqueur, and naming it in the process. The linguist(s) amongst you would have translated the phrase already, but for everyone else Joseph said “That is unique!” If you have ever tasted Unicum ‘unique’ is probably the safest…

Adventures in Budapest: The House of Terror Museum

Even before you set foot in the House of Terror Museum (or Terror Haza muzeum in Hungarian language fans!) you can tell exactly what’s in store before you set foot in the door. Even the building makes no attempt to sugar coat or gloss over  it’s gruesome history. Terror is quite literally part of the building,…