Your 3-hour walking tour will begin at the Hungarian Opera House in central Budapest. Your guide will initiate your trip back through time by discussing Hungary’s role in World War I and II, as well as the 1956 Revolution against the communist government and its Soviet policies.
The Revolution of 1956 continues to be honored every year on October 23, marking the culmination of the Hungarian quest for freedom. Your guide will take you through significant landmarks where protests, speeches and marches took place. A stop at Liberty Square will offer a glimpse at the city’s final tribute to the Soviet Union.
Additionally, you’ll hear stories about life behind the Iron Curtain – how families lived, the great difficulties of travel and many other interesting facts and anecdotes, from black markets to banana lines.
You’ll also have the opportunity to travel to a private exhibition hall to study cultural artifacts and communist propaganda, such as red and blue passports, party member registration books, currency, medals and more.
Your guide will then take you to the impressive structure of the Parliament building, where the first shots of the 1956 Revolution were fired. You’ll learn about the important Hungarian figure Imre Nagy, a communist best known for defying the Soviet leaders in Moscow and executed for treason as a result.
As your tour concludes in central Budapest, you’ll have a clearer sense of the last century of history that has shaped both the capital city and its country today.