What To Expect
Journey back in time and learn how life was like during those 50 years of communism. 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.
Learn all what's behind the iron curtain, how children were raised up, how families lived, how and where people traveled, more interesting experiences from black markets to banana lines.
Visit the famous outdoor Statue Park (where we put all the communist statues after our change in 1990) for a guided tour learning the symbolism of the statues from Lenin, Marx and Engels, Friendships' and "liberations". Know the ideas behind them and where they were placed in the city and for what reasons. Check out some exhibitions of communism related themes and a real Trabant car that was originally designed to be a covered motorcycle and became a trademark as the "Hungarian family car!"
Get introduced to Hungary's past - filled with victories, failures and struggles.
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 Mindszenty's 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 one's freedom.
The 1956 Uprising was a short lived battle on the streets but silently in the back of the minds of many Hungarians they plotted their flight from communism and finally laid to rest the memories through the reburial of Imre Nagy leading to free elections and a return to a free society.
Visit our own private exhibition room which features a Hungarian home, relics to typical furniture and furnishings. Furthermore we have an extensive collection of many communist related relics, such as red and blue passports, party member's registration book, pins, medals, currency and huge placards to help your understanding of the propaganda we once lived under.
English speaking guide
Transportation to Statue Park and back
Statue Park entry and guided tour
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Children under 3 years old are free of charge.
Participants will need to be fit for light continuous walking. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Tours operate rain or shine.
Tour operators will not be responsible for unforeseen delays or accidents.
All sales are final and non-refundable.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
3 hours and 30 minutes