Participants meet our expert historian guide at Bem tr, on the Buda side, at the Jozef Bem statue, or by request we can pick you up at your hotel. This place was the gathering point of the student march on October 23rd, where the celebration of solidarity led to events escalating into a new independence movement. Here well have a coffee at the Bambi Pressz caf, considered by many as the last city stronghold of communistic catering culture.
From Bem tr we will proceed to Kossuth tr, a central place of major events of the 1956 Revolution including the massacre on October 25th and also pay tribute to Imre Nagy, the martyr Prime Minister, by his statue on Vrtank tere.
Our next destination is the Magyar Radio building on Brdy Sndor utca, where violence erupted in the late evening of October 23rd and street fights started. Well also visit the nearby National Museum, where Sndor Petfi recited his famous poem of Shall we be slaves or free? on March 15th, 1848. It gives us a good opportunity to draw parallels between the two revolutions, and see how the 56-ers modelled their uprising on the 1848 one.
We will finish our tour at Corvin kz, the major resistance center, where youngsters fought with Molotov cocktails against invading Russian tanks. A final drink will follow with more questions and informal talk.