Most of us are familiar with stories of Harry Houdini’s popular stunts and his rise to fame in the USA during the late 1800s – early 1900s. However, you may be surprised to learn that he was, in fact, a Hungarian born son of a Rabbi given the name Erik Weisz at birth; a fact that Houdini himself made a conscious effort to hide during his lifetime.
Regardless, Hungarian’s are proud of the talented names and faces they’ve produced over the centuries and Houdini is no exception. So much so that in Budapest you’ll find the only Harry Houdini museum in the whole of Europe, created to honour his work and showcase artefacts from his time. The House of Houdini claims to exhibit a collection of the rarest and most unusual items ever put on display alongside introducing visitors to the latest young talented magicians in town.
The museum’s director is none other than the world-famous Hungarian-Italian escape artist and world record holder David Merlini. A visit to this one-of-a-kind museum will expose you to the mind-boggling domain of magic and historical accounts of Houdini’s mesmerising life in the spotlight. But to enter, you must first solve a puzzle.
It’s no surprise that with such a huge claim to fame, Hungary’s love for escapology and puzzle-solving has flourished over the years, making it the first country in Europe to truly bring escape games onto the centre stage. Escape rooms can pretty much be found in every major city all over the world these days, but in Budapest, you’re truly spoilt for choice. Here you’ll find a whopping 191 escape rooms to keep you entertained, from the good and the bad to the truly bizarre.
You may be tempted to explore the world of magic and illusion during a visit to Budapest and it should certainly be something to put on the list for your next visit. However for now, whilst the borders are closed to travellers the world over, maybe you should take a trip to your nearest, COVID safe escape room and honour Escapology Day in style.