5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

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  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Journey through Hungary’s fascinating communist history on this in-depth historical walking tour of Budapest. Over the course of three hours, your expert guide will immerse you in Hungary’s turbulent past filled with victories, failures and struggles, from the rule of Big Brother to the fall of the Iron Curtain and everything in between. Visit the area surrounding the Hungarian Parliament Building and hear stories about WWI, WWII, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the collapse of the Soviet Union as you walk the streets of Budapest and visit a private exhibition hall to see glimpses of daily life and witness the communist propaganda people once lived under.


  • 3-hour historical walking tour of Budapest
  • Learn about Hungary’s turbulent communist history from your expert guide
  • See sites related to WWI, WWII, the Iron Curtain and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956
  • Hear vivid stories about the revolution as you visit the Hungarian Parliament Building and Liberty Square
  • Explore an exhibition hall to discover interesting cultural relics and communist propaganda
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Best Small-Group Budapest History Walking Tour: Communism, Revolution, WWI and WWII

Admire the Liberty Statue on your Walking Tour of Budapest

Meet your guide behind the Opera House in central Budapest to begin your 3-hour historical walking tour of the city. You'll journey back in time to understand what life was like during Hungary’s communist years, and receive a fascinating in-depth overview of the political history of Budapest and Hungary as a whole.

Your expert guide will tell you how it all started, when Big Brother watched over everyone's every move. Hear stories about what life was like behind the Iron Curtain – how children were raised, how families lived, how and where people traveled, how long it took to get a passport and many other interesting experiences, from black markets to banana lines.

Learn about Hungary’s role in WWI and WWII, and about the newly appointed communist government after WWII that led to the events of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, a spontaneous revolt against the government and its Soviet policies. After a plethora of events including the War of Independence and the Great Compromise, this revolution was the culmination of the Hungarian quest for freedom.

Your guide will lead you through the major areas tied to the revolution where the protests, marches and speeches took place. Stop at Liberty Square and discover the city’s last remaining tribute to the Soviet Union.

Visit a unique private exhibition hall to immerse yourself in the history you’ve just learned about. Discover the features of Hungarian home life as you browse a series of artifacts, furniture displays and cultural relics. You'll also see an extensive collection of communist-related artifacts and relics, such as red and blue passports, party member’s registration book, pins, medals, currency and huge placards to help you understand the propaganda Hungarians once lived under.

You'll then visit the area surrounding the Hungarian Parliament Building, where shots were fired, instigating the civilian revolt. You'll also hear about the role of Hungarian communist politician Imre Nagy, who defied the Soviet leaders in Moscow and was executed for treason after the revolution.

By the end of the tour, you’ll have a grasp of the last 100 years of contemporary Hungarian history, and understand how these years have shaped Hungary today. Your tour ends in central Budapest near public transport lines so you can continue exploring on your own.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide Robert was fantastic. Can't recommend this tour highly enough!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Extremely interesting in-depth overview of Hungary trapped in a vise between Germany and Russia in the 40's. Life for Hungarians was mighty tough. Ex-teacher was an excellent tour guide with great knowledge and good flow of English language.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My guide was fantastic!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Robert made this a very informative tour and fun to be with.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Excellent guide, Zsolt, who incorporated some interesting activities into the tour. He established the context first and then showed us many of the relevant sights. This was also a useful introduction to Budapest in general.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Excellent tour with tour guide Robert Wallenstein. He spent all afternoon with us and gave us so much information. We saw sites we never would have found on our own. Would highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

You do not have enough stars to rate this tour. Absolutely, positively, outstanding. The young lady is the best. She explained the history and background of Budapest re the past century. As it impacted her family, she was fully informed of all that had occurred.

After our talk, we went to see several monuments. She gave me the background of the monuments which
i would never have known about without her explanation. Then she took me for a ride on the Metro.

i had my choice of several places to go on the tour. I had see the Jewish synagogue prior to the tour or that could have been one of our stops.

I was the only person on the tour so I could ask any questions. She was very, very knowledgeable and shared a great deal of information.

I learned so much. If you are at all interested in the background of this wonderful city take this tour.

The guide is the best you will ever have.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Anita personalized our tour to fit our needs. She did an excellent job.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Anita personalized our tour to fit our needs. She did an excellent job.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

This is a definite must do if your interested in history etc but if you can i would go see the terror haz first or after as for me it completes the picture of what went on

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