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National Archives in Buda Castle
National Archives in Buda Castle

National Archives of Hungary

The National Archives of Hungary does nothing less than preserving national treasures.

Records related to the last 1000 years of Hungarian history, this building preserves 80% of all the Hungarian archival records making 307 000 meters of documents.

National Archives in Buda Castle
National Archives in Buda Castle

Good to know that foreigners can only obtain access to these documents if their country of origin has a data protection agreement with Hungary.

Scientific researches and searching for family histories are two major request of citizens satisfied by this institute.


National Archives in Buda Castle
National Archives in Buda Castle

The National Archives was created and established in 1756 in Bratislava with the aim of classifying, preserving records, publication and transfer of information, publishing books and other materials as well as professional education. The Archives was moved to Buda 28 years later.

Due to the high volume of the records, currently two other buildings are opened for the visitors. The first is also located in the Buda Castle, in the Hess Andras square (records of the governmental bodies created after 1945 are kept there), while the other one is situated in the Becsi ut, in a building built in 1994.

Opening hours
Mon: 8.30 am – 14 pm
Tues, Wed, Thur: 8.30 am – 17.45 pm
Fri: 8-30 am – 14 pm

Free for everyone, groups are requested to contact the institute before

Address: Budapest I. ker. Becsi kapu ter 2–4.

Telephone: +36-1-225-2844


  1. Hello. I live in the United States and I have found my grandfather’s identification booklet he had during the hungarian war. Unfortunately I do not read the language. I have his name, when he was born, birthplace. I also know he was in the artillery. I would like to know what the booklet says so I could find out more information. I was hoping you could help in some way. Also he was in the military in 1896. Thank you

  2. Mary Cain Baltus

    what records are stored in the archives. We are looking for the records for my husbands family who were all married and baptized at Sarlo’s-Boldogasszony Church in Gyongos, Heves, Hungary. Are these still located in the church records or have they been transferred to the Archives. The records date from 1790 to 1879 for baptism and marriage. Any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
    Mary Cain Baltus for Robert J. Baltus

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