Communist Walking Tour Of Budapest Led By Historian

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10 AM and 2 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Budapest, Frankel Leó út 2-4, 1027 Hungary
  • Return Details :
    House of Terror, Budapest, Andrássy út 60, 1062 Hungary
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

With the help of a historian, this 3 hour walking tour allows you to grasp the goulash communism of Budapests decades under totalitarianism, the soft dictatorship in which Hungarians had certain liberties in exchange for obedience on major issues. Learn why, for all the suffering of Budapests citizens under the communist regime, Hungary was called the happiest barrack in the Soviet Bloc.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

The Communist Budapest tour takes you along some of the scenes of crucial events in these strange decades of oppression as well as progress; Youll get a rich glimpse of daily life during this era. We start at Bem Jzsef Square, where the first big demonstration of the 1956 uprising started. On the square is also a coffeehouse that has retained its original interior from the 1960s. From there, we go by subway to Kossuth square in front of Parliament to see several monuments that bear witness to the political and armed conflicts that took place during the 1956 revolution.

It is just a minute walk to Freedom Square, where the Cold War is symbolized by four edifices in stone: the US embassy, a monument to the Soviet army, the statue of President Ronald Reagan and the entrance to a secret atomic shelter. The subway takes you to one of the 1970s housing estates at the edge of the city centre. These housing blocks may seem drab and grey today, but at the time young Hungarian families were overjoyed to be awarded an apartment here because the newer building had elevators and modern conveniences unknown in Budapests older constructions. Youll also get a feel of what a communist era shopping centre looked like.

We then drop by at the former Peoples Stadium (now Puskas Soccer Stadium), one of the few places in town where there are some typically socialist realist statues of heroic workers, soldiers and intellectuals, pointing the way towards a bright future, still standing. A short ride in one of Stalins trolley buses yes, well explain brings you to Dozsa Gyrgy Street, the broad boulevard that was used for May Day parades. We use iPads and old photos to show you the contrast between the citys present topography and its former communist appearances. These visual aids help you to grasp the changes that have taken place since the collapse of communism in Hungary, for example when we examine the monument now standing at the spot where, in October 1956, demonstrators toppled the gigantic bronze statue of Stalin.

Around the corner is, last but not least, the House of terror, a museum housed in the former headquarters of the fascist as well as the Stalinist secret services. It commemorates the crimes of communism, especially during the Stalinist years. In front of the building is a slab of the Berlin Wall. A visit to the museum is not included in the walk, but it is certainly a worthwhile sequel for those interested in examining the daily experience of Hungarians under communism more deeply.

Inclusions

3-hour guided walk in the company of a historian

Exclusions

Your guide will help you to purchase Budapest Tram and Metro tickets if you do not already have a visitor pass

Entry/Admission - House of Terror Museum

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Your tour guides are expert local historians and enthusiastic hosts who love helping travelers from all over discover Budapest.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 07-Nov-2022

    Hugely informative tour which gave us a real flavour of the rich history of Budapest. Andras, our guide, was first-rate and hugely knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

  • 03-Nov-2022

    We had a fantastic tour!!! Balin was our guide and he was absolutely incredible. He had a great breadth and depth of knowledge and presented the information thoughtfully. He really helped us gain greater insight into this portion of Hungary’s history. Ask for Balin for a tremendous experience!!

  • 10-Oct-2022

    The tour was simply awesome! We played a kind of "follow the historic tracks" game while walking through the monuments of the city, which I found really interesting. The guide was also very knowledgeable and replies to any question regarding the topic.

  • 03-Oct-2022

    Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and showed us sites we didn't even know existed. She did a great job at helping us feel what living under communism was like

  • 24-Sep-2022

    What an amazing tour so informative and enjoyable the guide was interesting and knowledgeable I would suggest if you are in the city go on this tour !!

  • 08-Sep-2022

    Sophie was an smacking guide. There were only the two of us so we really got a personalized tour. We saw a lot. Learned a lot. And had an awesome time. She’s very knowledgeable and was able to answer any question we had. And we laughed 😀

  • 05-Jun-2022

    Highly recommend this tour! Andras was amazing, super knowledgeable and detailed. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and learned so much!

  • 12-Apr-2022

    Great well informed. If you want some history, I recommend. If you want just sightseeing this isn’t for u.

  • 12-Apr-2022

    I recently took a group of 44 people to Hungary to embark on a Viking Danube cruise. Since we arrived 1 night early, I searched for something to do in Budapest that the cruise wouldn't cover and found the Communist Budapest Tour. We had Balint, Kata and Andras as guides and all were remarkable on a remarkable tour!. Most of the group would vote this was the best tour of our trip, even though Viking offered many great tours at each port. If you are in Budapest this is definitely a "must do". We really have a hard time appreciating the US until we hear these stories. Insight Cities was fantastic to work with to accommodate our group and schedule. They also got transfers from the airport and helped me plan a wonderful adventure for all! They are a professional tour operator with extensive knowledge of Europe. My hat off to them!!

  • 12-Apr-2022

    Great day, very informative and insightful. We wanted an educational review of the communist past of Hungary. Thanks to Kata we got that. It’s great too see some of the hidden gems and small details, - underground bunker, etc. would recommend this if anyone has an interest in history and not just a tour of sights.

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