Communist Times and Statue Park Private Tour

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What To Expect

Travel back in time as we take a tour back in Hungary's communist era. Experience the build up to 1956 uprising, follow marches, re-live battles, hear amazing stories and visit historical places.

Highlights

  • Take an in-depth tour to Hungary's Communist history

  • Visit our own unique exhibition of how life was back then

  • Know more about 1956 Speeches, Protests, Marches, Soviet invasion

  • Discover what paved way to freedom and the fall of the Iron Curtain

Specifications

Type:
Tours from Budapest
Departs From:
Budapest
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up
Duration:
3 hours and 30 minutes
Availability:
daily at 9:30 AM; 2:30 PM
Product Code:
11749
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Description

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.

Includes

  • English speaking guide

  • Transportation to Statue Park and back

  • Statue Park entry and guided tour

  • Private visit to exhibition room

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Entry fees to sights and museums

Please Note

  • 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.

  • For bookings of 5 people or more, please inquire.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 46 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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