Tucked into a basement beneath the streets of Budapest, there are hundreds of vintage pinball games just waiting for your family to spend hours pinging, banging, pushing, and dinging away.
Budapest’s unique “Pinball Museum” is a great activity for a rainy afternoon, or any day that you feel like taking a step back in gaming entertainment time to a day when simple mechanics and funky lights were the preferred entertainment of choice for kids.
The museum is located a few blocks away from WestEnd City Center Mall (great shopping and restaurants, a CinemaCity theater, and Starbucks) and Nyugati Pályaudvar station on the Metro line 3.
The “flippermuzeum” features about 150 mostly-working collection of truly vintage machines. Visitors pay a single entry fee and then have unlimited free play of machines for as long as they wish to stay. A small cafe inside the museum features some snacks, and some super-cool colorful tee shirts are available for sale if you want to rock the pinball style outside the museum.
According to their website, the museum is the “largest ever interactive pinball exhibition in Europe.”
Tickets are 3000 HUF for adults, and 2000 HUF for kids and senior citizens. It’s even possible to pre-arrange kids birthday parties, or guided tours about the history of pinball and the games available, in English or Hungarian.
You may even find some games that will make you nostalgic for your own childhood and bring back some fond memories. It’s a great way to spend a few hours!
Note: the museum is not currently wheelchair-accessible, and may be challenging for those who don’t like dark enclosed spaces (some of the rooms are somewhat claustrophobic, and the entire facility is underground). Loud noises, flashing lights and some graphic displays are also things to consider about the environment.