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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Took this tour with George as a guide. Excellent experience all the way around. Very informative. Thanks for a memorable tour!
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
our guide and driver were above and beyond professional on a rainy day.
beachpebble United Kingdom
If you don't go on any other tour, go on this one. We learnt so much and Lazlo was a great guide.
Lazlo was knowledgeable and going by myself, although costly, was well worth it, not only for convenience, but on my own I would not have known how to interpret the statues in Memento Park, nor understand the various buildings and sites I visited. I highly recommend. The Communist statues are designed to intimidate, not to be uplifting. I got to sit in a Trabant!
An absolute must for anyone interested in the history of this fantastic and beautiful city. Really great value for money
This is the best way to see Memento Park as it is a ways out of the city. Our guide was fantastic.
Really enjoyed the trip, our guide Zsolt was very well informed and friendly
Highly recommended. Laslo is a wonderful, thoughtful and informative guide. The tour of monuments in the park outside the city was a terrific backdrop for his insights into life under communism. He included personal and family stories that brought the era to life for us. This tour opened our eyes to a by-gone era that we only poorly understood. If you only take one tour in Budapest make it this one!
This tour is quite expensive, but a really good way of seeing Memento Park. The park is quite a distance from Budapest. It is accessible by public transport, but with limited time it is more sensible to go on this private tour.
The park is not a dumping ground for these statues, but was a conceptual creation of the architect, Akos Eleod, from 1993. It was a brave and unique act of the Hungarian authorities to create such a museum.
Not all the statues are Socialist Realist in style. There is a cubist Marx and Engels. Probably the most striking statue is a relatively modern one from 1986 by Imre Varga, the Bela Kun Memorial.
This illustrates the ambiguity for the viewer in seeing these statues.It is extremely striking, but celebrates a man who was responsible for at least 60,000 deaths during the Soviet Terror. He himself was 'eliminated' in 1937. It will probably be a long time before these statues can be judged for their artistic merits. Too much individual suffering accrues to them in their role as purveyers of ideological substance.
The statues were subverted during these times by being given alternative names. The one illustrated here is the Monument to the Hungarian Socialist Republic. It was nicknamed 'The Cloakroom Attendant', who was trying to return a scarf to a customer. The Bela Kun Memorial was also open to other more subversive interpretations.
The English guide is cheap and well illustrated.
Laszlo was my guide from Absolute Walking Tours. His English was excellent. His tour was sesitive and knowledgeable. As the tour is a private tour it is tailor made to your requirements. Laszio was very flexible. We finished movingly listening to the Hungarian National Anthem surrounded by the monuments.
David F USA
We really enjoyed this tour. Both the guide, Laszlo, and driver, Peter, were great.
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