• Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Learn the rich history behind the city of Budapest on this 3.5-hour walking tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll hear about Hungary’s involvement in World War I and II, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the demise of the Soviet Union. Along the way, you’ll visit landmarks such as the Parliament Building and Momento Park, as well as an exhibition hall filled with cultural relics. Numbers are limited on this tour to keep the experience as intimate as possible.

Highlights

  • Recent history that put Hungary on the political map: 1956
  • Revolution, WWI-II, 19th century overview
  • Trip to the Statue Park with private car
  • Visit our own unique exhibition of how life was back then (display of furniture, artifacts, readers, relics)
  • 1956 Speeches, Protests, Marches and Soviet invasion areas
  • Life and culture and how we lived under big brother
  • Prelude to freedom with fall of the Iron Curtain

What You Can Expect

Private Budapest Communist Times and Statue Park Visit Tour

Budapest Communist tour

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.

Customer Reviews

victoriaabsten

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This is the best tour I have ever taken. Guide was very informative and it was very insightful to get the history from the prespective of a local. This tour was so good that it has prompted me to research many of the topics that were discussed during the tour. We enjoyed this tour very much.

Tanya C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This tour was terrific! Zsolt, our guide, was very knowledgeable and provided a historic overview of Budapest, with a particular focus on 20th century events. The highlight, of course, was Memento Park - Zsolt related the history of the Communist icons.

william.brickley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We took this tour while we were in Budapest prior to a Danube river cruise in April 2017. The tour was booked prior to the trip through Viator.com. Brigit, our guide met us at the hotel with a private van and to our surprise we learned we were the only people on the tour. The driver took us to the Statue Park, which is on the outskirts of Budapest. The tour fee included admission to the park. The park was very interesting and our guide, Brigit, was fabulous. Although she was too young to have experienced the Hungarian uprising, she had family relatives who had, and she related lots of interesting insights. Following the Statue Park, we were driven back to the tour company's office near the opera house. Brigit showed us a collection of memorabilia from the era of Soviet occupation that was extremely interesting. The tour ended there, and we took the underground back to the hotel. Overall, we felt the tour was excellent and the tour guide was terrific.

Susan N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Best communism tour I've ever been on. The guide made it personal through stories and vast knowledge of the era. The park and city tour were great!

Patrick M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Our guide GEorge was a wealth of knowledge about life under Commumist rule. Memento Park was fascinating, seeing all the old statues lumped together. Great way to spend a rainy Sunday morning.

jose f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Um dos melhores tours da viagem. Quem for a Budapeste e perder este passeio, não gosta de vivenciar os momentos históricos dos lugares onde passeia.

Sue

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Took this tour with George as a guide. Excellent experience all the way around. Very informative. Thanks for a memorable tour!

Alan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour of Momento Park with additional highlights in the c ity. Tom is an excellent and knowledgeable tour guide. Many surprises. Highly recommended.

Sandra K USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

our guide and driver were above and beyond professional on a rainy day.

beachpebble United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

If you don't go on any other tour, go on this one. We learnt so much and Lazlo was a great guide.

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