My first trip to Europe was a crazy, whirlwind adventure many years ago. My friend and I had one day in Paris and he asked me what I wanted to do. He'd been before so said it was up to me. My answer: the catacombs. He shook his head and said it is typical me, with all the beauty and art of Paris, I wanted to underground and look at dead things.
It's not that I'm a goth or particularly morbid, but death is a fascinating subject.
So, while I was in Budapest, I found out the next town over had an interesting tourist site: Memonto MoriCrypts. In 1995, a church in the town was being renovated and, during the excavation process, a secret crypt was uncovered. Sounds like the start of a horror movie doesn't it? Because the conditions in this crypt were co-incidentally perfect, the bodies buried there were all perfectly preserved.
So nothing creepy at all. Just a few mummies.
The finds are now open to the public but most of the mummies have been taken away to be exhibited somewhere else. There are three on display along with the coffins.
The coffins themselves are quite interesting. The artwork changes from the primitive styles of the earlier coffins to become much more sophisticated and religious themed. Even the most sophisticated artwork had cartoon-style skull and crossbone images though.
Momento Mori Crypt is in Vac, about 30 minutes out of Budapest (if you take the express train - there are a ton of trains that go to Vac but go the long way). The museum is well sign-posted from the station and easy to find. I went in and had a bit of confusion with the old guy working on the desk because there was another exhibition on as well. Then had to wait for ages while he worked out to give me a receipt. Like I wanted or needed one.
After that, I had a young guy accompany down to the basement. It wasn't a guided tour although he did give me some information but there are a lot of information boards in English and, I'm sure he would've answered any questions I had.
For more information, this site has the details.