On 29 July 2011 the riot police raided and the authorities closed down
the Labyrinth of Buda Castle.

The attack

On 29 July 2011 in the afternoon the Budapest riot police and forces of the authority acting for the Hungarian State raided the Labyrinth of Buda Castle and simply forced the large number of Hungarian and foreign visitors to leave the exhibition spaces, closing down the Labyrinth. The investments completed for 30 years were brought under state control and then were passed to a group of fellows who ordered the attack.

Why? What are the reasons behind these unprecedented “proceedings” by the authority? The Labyrinth of Buda Castle, which has existed for 30 years, is not a hub of terrorists or junkies, but a cultural and touristic venue that has been ranked among the “Seven Underground Wonders of the World”.

Since 2002, when the local government of Buda Castle first tried to have the place vacated, many organisations and persons have sought to lay hand on the rights to the premises, to usurp the Labyrinth and its thirty years of reputation, to seize its aesthetic values and technical equipment. Numerous unscrupulous methods were used to discredit the Labyrinth of Buda Castle.

After the Court refused to endorse these actions to unlawfully acquire the premises Labyrinth of Buda Castle, in 2008 a fierce police raid took place in the system of cellars. All subsequent proceedings and court cases pronounced these brutal actions as unlawful, and the Labyrinth of Buda Castle won.

What followed, in particular on 29 July 2011 is truly sad and alarming episode of Hungarian cultural history.

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. It can be seen in its original form and when it was raided by the police, just a few days before Chopin’s night-time premiere, serving to establish a labyrinthine thread between Budapest and Warsaw.

The Polish composer would have been the 28th great European mind.

As a memento, we have made available the entire audio material of “Wanderings with the great minds of Europe”, to remember Europe and its cultural and democratic value. These European ideas are sorely needed, particularly here in the Danube valley where we dream about Europe.

Browse the archive pages of the
Labyrinth of Buda Castle
Budavári Labirintus