Labyrinth 1983-2011


Was one of the 10 most popular cultural and turistic sights and attractions in Budapest.More »
Alone at night in a labyrinth holding a lantern and wandering between the impulses from
great European authors. More »
The forms of objectified deities that founded and contributed to European culture.
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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 exhibition Labyrinth of Buda Castle closed in 2011.

The three decades of cultural activity of the Labyrinth of Buda Castle are available on our website - which, sadly, can be regarded as an archive.




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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With the armband of the Night of Museums you can visit one of our Nighttime Programs for free until 24th June 2012. Registration is required.


European-labyrinth, day and night

If you are losing track above ground, come and find Yourself underneath.

Besides the daytime Labyrinth walk and the world-famous night-time wandering with hand-held oil lamps, the Labyrinth of Buda Castle has come forward with several new programs. The renewed one-person Night-time wanderings open up a new approach to European culture: the labyrinth-thread leading to ourselves is represented by the impressive visions and impulses of influential authors such as Dante, Hölderlin, Pilinszky or Augustine of Hippo and Heraclitus, or Mozart and Bach. Our renewed website will provide you with all the required information and offers the opportunity to book the special programs. Read more »

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 »


Feedbacks and publicity

M1 News, ATV News, TV2 News (in hungarian) Further publications »



News from the underground maze system

24/7 - Always open, in the middle of Europe

After non-stop shops, petrol stations and other commercial and public service providers, the Labyrinth of Buda Castle is the first cultural site to introduce round-the-clock opening. As of 7 March 2011, our visitors are welcome night and day. It is possible to participate on a Daytime tour between 9.30 am and 7.30 pm. The Labyrinth of Buda Castle awaits guests who are seeking for a wandering at night between 8 pm and 8 am. For the Nighttime programs booking is required.

During the first half of 2011, the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union is held by Hungary.Through the non-stop opening, the European wanderings and the European Pantheon of modern age, the Labyrinth of Buda Castle would like to point quietly to that the Union, and in fact the whole Europe itself is not merely a geographical formation or a huge market, but also a continental historic destiny and culture, the expressive silence of which is less and less noticed and heard in the federal hustle. 
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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. Read more » 



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.

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