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Whether you’re an escape room devotee or simply looking for something fun and adventurous to do while you’re here, Budapest offers a wealth of choice. ‘There are so many empty cellars in Budapest, and there are already a million bars, so it’s natural that escape rooms took off here,’ says Tünde Máté, an escape game enthusiast who works at E-Exit.
So where should you start? Many of the more established escape rooms in Budapest are based on prison breaks, bank robberies or pirate sorties. However, as the games have gone global – Scavenger also operate rooms in Doha and Mumbai, and PaniQ-Room has launched in the US and even Iran – a ‘new generation’ of more sophisticated rooms is emerging. These increasingly high-tech games often drop players into sci-fi or sword-and-sandals scenarios, while others are historical, transporting visitors to ancient Egypt, Victorian London or Chernobyl.
Best of all, all the venues listed here offer games for non-Hungarian speakers. ‘People get hooked,’ Tünde told us. ‘Loads of people come for a weekend and play seven or eight a day – the escape rooms here are better quality and much cheaper.’ And what’s more, the more friends you bring, the cheaper it gets.
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