Communism and Nazism
You can’t miss the House of Terror if you’re visiting Budapest. With a name like that, you kind of expect a haunted house or something but what you find is every bit as shocking. You see, the House of Terror is a museum dedicated to the two eras of totalitarianism in 20th century Hungary: Nazism and Communism.
The museum is located on one of the city’s most important streets and was once the headquarters of the Gestapo. When you first arrive at the museum, you immediately notice the symbol iron curtain and the jarring word “TERROR.”
Once inside, the museum is divided into thematic rooms designed to really immerse you in the era: there are old dining rooms with guests in military uniforms, rooms filled with propaganda posters depicting Communism and Nazism as the solutions to the country’s woes, rooms with telephones blaring the fiery speeches of the ruling parties, and still others highlighting the various methods of torture utilized by the two regimes.