Life Under Communism in Budapest - Private Tour

For almost half of the 20th century, Russia’s Soviet leaders controlled the Hungarian government, and traces of these decades under communism are still visible throughout the capital city. Meet an experienced guide who lived during the communist era to learn what everyday life was really like in Budapest at that time, from first-hand tales of navigating Kafkaesque bureaucracy to adventurous descriptions of the black-market economy. After the introductory discussion, participants are taken on a walking tour to highlight relics of the communist era still visible around the city today.

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  • What's included :
    • Notebook
    • Souvenir pen
    • Informative handouts
    • Coffee or a soft drink
    • Local guide
    What's excluded :
    • Additional food and drink
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Soviet Heroic Memorial, Szabadsag ter, Budapest 1054 Hungary

    Starting in Liberty Square, we will look at the memorial to the Soviet army. This is a grandiose memorial to the Siege of Budapest, the 50-day-long encirclement by Soviet forces of the Hungarian capital of Budapest, near the end of World War II.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: Szabadsag Ter, Budapest 1054 Hungary

    One of the most stately squares in the city centre, Szabadság tér owes its extensive dimensions to the Habsburg era, when the Bastille-like Újépület stood here. This peacefull, spaceous grean area is great place for peace seekers to rest in delighting enviroment.

    Stop At: Kossuth Lajos Square, Budapest Hungary

    We will visit Kossuth Square where the Hungarian parliament stands. During the 1956 revolution, a firefight started in front of the Parliament building, and we stilldon't know exactly how many demonstrators died. The crowd at Kossuth Square consisted of mixed civilian protesters. Next to the men were women, children, the elderly. The news of the massacre played an important role in bringing the people of the country and Budapest to the brink of revolution and armed struggle.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Hungarian Parliament Building, Kossuth Ter 1-3, Budapest 1055 Hungary

    The square, renamed in 1927 in honor of Lajos Kossuth, was previously known by several names including Parliament square. Facing the parliament building are the Museum of Ethnography, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: March 15 Square (Marcius 15 ter), Budapest Hungary

    Petőfi Statue, and Március 15. Square, located at the foot of Erzsébet Bridge, at front of the oldest church of Budapest. Thanks to a renovation in 2011, is a very popular scene of social life - not just for tourists.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Corvin Mozi, Corvin koez 1, Budapest 1082 Hungary

    On the south-east part of Budapest's city, Corvin köz was the major resistance center, where in 1956 local youngsters fought the invading Russians with Molotov cocktails and guns they stole from soldiers to fight against Soviet tanks.
    We will look at the reminders of the battles here and talk about the invasion of 1956 and its aftermath.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid), Vamhaz Korut, Budapest Hungary

    We walk across one of Budapest's most beautiful bridges to arrive to the foot of the emblematic Gellért hill where we find our next stop.

    Stop At: Szent Gellert Monument, Gellert-hegy, Budapest 1016 Hungary

    St Gellért Square is one of the most impressive squares in Buda. The square is named after Bishop St Gellért , also called the Martyr for Hungarian Christendom.
    From here we have an excellent view of the Liberty statue - erected in 1947 in remembrance of the Soviet liberation of Hungary.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Bem Jozsef Memorial, Bem ter, Budapest 1027 Hungary

    Going south from Margaret Bridge, we arrive to Bem Square. The square saw 200,000 Hungarian students protesting against Soviet rule in 1956, in a rally that was originally organized to support Polish workers.
    We will also visit Bambi Eszpresszó, a shelter for Buda-side intellectuals in Frankel Leó utca, has been going strong since the 1960s, and has maintained both the same atmosphere and the same interior design ever since.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can meet you at your hotel or outside Café Kamara, or we can meet every guest at their accommodation and the tour starts from there. Please provide your address in the special requirements box!This Itinerary is a basic outline to this tour that may be a subject to change. Changes may be made in order to personalize the experience. Minor alterations may be made without notification, to ensure the smooth running of the tour. If you would like to follow a precise itinerary of your tour please let us know, and we will happily adapt to your interest.
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • Our team is committed to keep the potential risk close to zero, as a customisable private tour provider with great knowledge of the city we can always find the way to satisfy our guest deepest interest, while carefully maintaining all the required safety measures.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Activity ID: V-7353P6

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