The Labyrinth of Buda Castle is permanently closed. It was an exceptional underground cellar network at Budapest, with mysterious programs day and night.
The Labyrinth of Buda Castle is permanently closed
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The Labyrinth of Buda Castle is permanently closed!
On 29 July the Budapest riot police and representatives of the “green militia” raided the Labyrinth of Buda Castle and simply forced the large number of visitors to leave the exhibition spaces. Foreign tourists were at a loss to understand the causes of the raid and believed they were involved in a terror attack. More »
Vote for the European culture, vote for a Polish author!
Commemorating Hungary’s EU presidency, we set up our night-time programs called ‘Wanderings with the Great Ones of Europe’. Now that Poland takes over the presidency of the European Union, one of Europe’s intellectual threads is leading to Poland.
Who do you think should represent this thread in the Labyrinth? Chopin, Sienkiewicz or Wyspiański?
Chopin in the Labyrinth of Buda Castle from 1st August.
According to the votes of the hungarian and international Facebook fans of the Labrinth of Buda Castle, the 19th century composer, Chopin is the 27th author, whose (musical) visions will be the guide at a night-time wandering. At the same time he represents the symbolic polish intellectual thread as Poland takes over the presidency of the European Union.
The Labyrint of Buda Castle
The Labyrinth of Buda Castle is situated in a complex of caves and cellars underneath the Buda Castle district isself part of the world heritage. The labyrinth which is located 16m under the surface is a unique cultural and turist spectacle around the world.
Undert the half a million year old ceiling within walls erected by history, one can tahe adventures walks of exploration or wander around by meditating. The Labyrinth of Buda Castle has four circled mini-labyrinths: a Labyrinth exhibition, a project room, a cafe and a restaurant.
This year the Labyrinth of Buda Castle does not participate in the Museums of Night, but keep your armband!
Almost 14000 person visited us the previous year this night. It was a great success because we were one of the five most frequented sites. However, the festival crowd overwhelms the tunnels and the true meaning of labirynth-walking can’t be found this way. Therefore the Labyrinth of Buda Castle would like to convey the values of this special event personalized in the silence of the Labyrinth not just for one night but for a whole year. Culture, adventure, contemplation. Labyrinth of Love, Personal Labyrinth, Dante, József Attila or Mozart.
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European-labyrinth, day and night
If you are losing track above ground, come and find Yourself underneath.
Edit together our Nighttime programs!Now it is possible to participate in editing the authors at the Nighttime programs! We can define together the circle of the influential authors of the nighttime wanderings, who to this day can serve as a guidance in the special atmosphere at Night. More »
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News from the underground maze system
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Pondering in the depths
As of autumn, you can wander with Heraclitus again. The philosophic seminars discussing Europe’s origin are continued. A new feature is that the modern Pantheon of Gods with distorted faces can be seen in its entirety just a few meters from the projection room. The astonishing and though-provoking ‘air-raid’ exhibition on the fragmented Europe can be visited for the whole duration of the seminars. The programs are free of charge.
Secrets and Legends
Is it true that the cellar system was kept secret?
Yes. The bomb shelters developed in the cellar system for ministry and government officers before and during the Second World War were treated confidentially. After the war, during the times of the cold war, almost the entire area beneath the Castle was declared as confidential. The last section of the caves was declassified a few years ago.
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History of the labyrinth of caves underneath Buda Castle
The internationally unique calcareous tufa caves of Castle Hill were created as an effect of the hot water springs almost half a million years ago. Later the small caves were connected to each other and also to the cellarage of the houses of the Castle District for economic and military purposes, and the complex thus developed into a veritable labyrinth under the Castle Hill. In the 1930s, as part of the war-time defense program, the complex of cellars was converted into a shelter large enough to accommodate as many as ten thousand people at a time. Disfigured with concrete, it served as a secret military object during the Cold War. More details »
When the Labyrinth of Buda Castle opened in 1983 the first and biggest Hungarian historical wax museum was set up here. During the reconstruction works, which took place in 1996/97, the almost 10000 square meters long Labyrinth regained its pre-war look as much as it was possible. The previous exhibition of wax figures gave place to such symbolic and mysterious exhibitions with deeper meaning, whose essence can be characterised by the word ’labyrinth’. In this sense the Labyrinth of Buda Castle not only a simple maze, but a web of paths leading to our history, world and ourselves.