Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Tour With Cafe Stop

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    2:30 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Budapest, Lázár u. 16, 1065 Hungary
  • Return Details :
    Budapest, 5th district of Budapest, 1051 Hungary
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Journey through Hungarys fascinating communist history on this in-depth historical walking tour of Budapest. Over the course of three hours, your expert guide will immerse you in Hungarys turbulent past filled with victories, failures and struggles, from the rule of Big Brother to the fall of the Iron Curtain and everything in between. Visit the area surrounding the Hungarian Parliament Building and hear stories about WWI, WWII, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the collapse of the Soviet Union as you walk the streets of Budapest and visit a private exhibition hall to see glimpses of daily life and witness the communist propaganda people once lived under.
Go back to the good old times when we drove Trabants, drank spirits at work, lived in block flats, stood in Banana Lines, had two passports, coupon books, no TV on Mondays and no freedom of speech! Experience the build up to 1956 uprising, follow the marches, re-live the battles, hear the stories!

Know More about this tour

The Hammer and Sickle tour, the way it was comrade! Written and raved about in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers, this tour takes you on a journey back to the times about how life was like during our 50 years of communism.

We summarise how it all started, how big brother told us what to do and what not to do. Well teach you about how life was like behind the iron curtain. How children were brought up, how families lived, how we travelled, where we could travel, how long it took to get a passport and many other interesting experiences from black markets to banana lines.

Also included on the tour is a visit to our own private exhibition room, where we will introduce you to the real features of a Hungarian home through relics to typical furniture and furnishings. Furthermore we have an extensive collection of many communist related artifacts and relics, such as red and blue passports, party members registration book, pins, medals, currency and huge placards to help your understanding of the propaganda we once lived under!

Along the tour we introduce you to the historical approach through the last 200 years of contemporary Hungarian history. Hungary's past is filled with victories, failures and struggles. We lead you through these eventful times through the sights depicting the historical outcome and how it shaped Hungary today.

On the tour we go through the Hungarian history that shook the world with the 1956 revolution as one of the main highlighted themes. Prior to the revolution in 1956 a plethora of events such as the War of Independence, Great Compromise, WWI, WWII gave huge significance to the meaning behind the Hungarian quest for freedom. After delving through the recent history we take a microscopic approach towards the newly appointed communist government after World War II that led to the events of the 1956 Revolution. The tour leads you through the remembrance of the first protests and marches and the first shootings and killings that led the Hungarians to fight back against an unethical regime and some of the major areas where all the action happened. Some of our stops and stories will be about our Liberty Square for Cardinal Mindszentys part in the revolution as well as the significance of the square and the last remaining tribute to the Soviet Union! We will embrace the character of Imre Nagy by his memorial in remembrance of the man who defied the leaders in Moscow and paid dearly on the gallows two years later. Another stop will be the Parliament area where shots were fired, which instigated the revolt to take up arms and defend ones freedom.

We reserve the right to alter and change tour programs without prior notice due to construction, city closures for events, festivals and so on throughout the year.

Inclusions

English speaking guide

Visit to our private exhibition room

Many stops for photos and questions

Exclusions

Entry fees to sights and museums

Transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Participants will need to be fit for light continuous walking, for up to 3 hours

Visiting the exhibition room requires the ability to climb one storey of stairs (with handrail)

Tour goes in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately

Supplier not responsible for unforeseen delays or accidents

We reserve the right to alter and change tour programs without prior notice due to construction, city closures for events, festivals and so on throughout the year.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 29-Oct-2019

    Learned a great deal about the history and the experience the people had during WWII and after. How life changed for the people and country. Our tour guide, Balint Alkonri, did an excellent job. Would highly recommend this tour.

  • 31-Jul-2019

    Way more than we expected. Rebeca did an awesome job by first starting in the basement and giving real life experiences that gave this tour a informative foundation on which to start moving about the city. The walking part of the tour was well paced and Rebecca's passionate explanation about life during occupation, the 56 revolution, and the eventual Soviet exit was so engaging. She answered questions without hesitation which indicated to us that she knew her subject inside and out. My wife, brother and I; thoroughly enjoyed this tour and highly recommend it.... and if you're lucky enough to get Rebecca as your guide.... you've landed one of the best.

  • 10-Jul-2018

    This tour was really informative and provided a rich back ground on the rich and interesting history of not just Budapest but Hungry as well. Tour starts with some quick historical background, what life was like under Communism using their extensive library of materials. The walking portion brings to the locations of the momentous events, and has some surprises. Great use of your time - brings relevance to the rest of your stay

  • 04-Jul-2018

    We learned a lot on this tour and felt that our tour guide was both extremely knowledgeable and focused on what we wanted to get out of the tour the most. Thank you for offering such an informative tour.

  • 17-Jun-2018

    Recommended tour in budapest.

  • 18-Apr-2018

    Our guide, Bogata, was super. She was very personable and extremely knowledgeable. She really cared that we had a great tour. Would highly recommend the tour and Bogata.

  • 02-Jan-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.

  • 26-Sep-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.

  • 23-Aug-2017

    It was Only me. I think he did his best, even spent more time with me. I feel bad I forgot to tip him.We didn't walk outside much, mostly in the tour agent office. I don't really recommend this tour, because you can find a free communism walking tour, and you will learn much more than in this one!

  • 16-Jun-2017

    The start was a bit different started in the basement of the Segway office, but otherwise and informative tour

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