Your tour will begin with pickup by private vehicle at your hotel. Your guide will then begin to discuss the country’s political history and the influence of the Communist party as you make your way to Momento Park.
This outdoor attraction includes a collection of statues from 1949 to 1989, during the leadership of the Communist party. Among the stony faces you’ll spot leaders such Engles, Lenin, Marx and Béla Kun as you continue on your walk through the park. You’ll also see the Trabant car, a vehicle that enjoyed large popularity among Hungarian families at that time.
Afterward, you’ll return to the center of the city to learn more about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the people’s revolt against the Soviet leadership. You’ll pause at Liberty Square to see Budapest’s remaining tribute to the Soviet Union, and hear about politician Imre Nagy, who rebelled against the Soviet government and was executed as a result. See also where significant speeches and protests took place as you head to the Hungarian House of Parliament.
Lastly, you’ll enter an exhibition hall housing artifacts from before the fall of the Iron Curtain. Your guide will point out how families and individuals traveled, and recount stories of the banana lines and black markets. Also on display are registration books for community party members, passports, currency and more.
You’ll end your tour with a deeper understanding of the political history that has shaped both Budapest and Hungary for the last century. Your guide will leave you near the Opera House, with recommendations on how you might like to continue the rest of your day.