• Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Travel back through time on a 3-hour history tour of Budapest by foot. As you walk, your guide will narrate the country’s rich history, from the 1956 Revolution to the fall of the Iron Curtain and everything in between. Take in stories of World War I and II as you pass the Parliament Building and visit a private exhibition hall to witness cultural relics along with communist propaganda. This small group walking tour is limited to 15 people to ensure a personalized experience with your guide.

Highlights

  • Recent history that put Hungary on the political map: 1956 Revolution, WWI-II, 19th century overview
  • 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

Budapest Hammer & Sickle Tour - Communist Times, 56 Revolution, WW I and WW II

Private exhibition room

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.

Customer Reviews

Microjenn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was great tour. We were the only two on our tour which was great as we could ask questions and really have an informative discussion on the topic. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to learn a bit about the modern history of Hungary.

Ann P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Saw Liberty Square, the Parliament Buildings all three competition winners and the underground 1956 memorial museum. Also had a tram ride. Bogada gave a very informative view of Hungarian history from WWI and the implications today . There were just the two of us, and the tour ran 3 hours. I would highly recommend it.

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Tomas gave us a fascinating insight both into the dark elements of Hungarian communism and fascism, along with the gems of joy and hope under the regimes, such as board games and childhood scrapbooks. Despite at times freezing weather, Tomas was incredibly enthusiastic. He was superbly knowledgable about his subject. This is an outstanding tour.

lynnt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

George loves his job and his subject, We have left Budapest enlightened, only thing that would help is audio recording of the whole talk , so many details to bombard yourself with .Mix of a lot of historical details and elements of fun also. Great tour, great guide. Thank You.

Jules United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We took this tour with Lazlo, who was simply GREAT. I highly recommend this tour. Well, WELL worth the time and money.

Anne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

wonderful tour with Georges

Charlotte R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

George was an excellent tour guide. See Tripadvisor for my detailed review. Enjoy!

david p United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide Laszlo was very knowledgeable about the subject and easy to understand. There were only 3 in the group. The tour started in the basement reviewing some artifacts, news articles, and photos from the time period very interesting. We then walked around Pest where he explained the historical significance of various buildings, statues, and monuments. Our tour ended at the Parliament building at the memorial for the 1956 Revolution. The memorial is extremely well done and emotionally moving a must-see. Very good tour over all.

Dale M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was excellent. Our guide spent time explaining everyday life from the communist era in a mock up living room reminiscent of that time. The living room included games, books and other items of the day. We then went on a walking tour of the city to see sights relevant to communism and George, our guide, explained everything in detail at each stop. We learned a lot about that period of time for Hungary. He answered all of our questions thoroughly. He was an expert on this time period and it showed through his knowledge and enthusiasm. A great tour!!!

I would highly recommend this tour to everyone and the cost is very reasonable for what you get.

Sara United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The second afternoon we were in Budapest, we did the Communism, Revolution, WWI, and WWII tour with Tomas. We were the only people signed up for the tour, so Tomas was happy to cater it to our personal interests. He took us back in time to Communist Budapest with photos, books, relics, soda, and other mementos of the past. Being huge history nerds, we monopolized his time and peppered him with questions. His passion for Budapest and history was palpable, and there wasn't a question that stumped him. When we finally emerged from communist Budapest, he took us on a walking tour of the city and shared more about the current events and modern-day Budapest. Our only regret was when we finished the tour and that we didn't have more time in Budapest. We will definitely be back though.

George is a fantastic guide with a deep knowledge of his city and the events that have shaped current day Budapest. He knows a lot about history and politics and he is eager to share his passion. Take advantage of the amazing opportunity to learn everything you can from him.

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