Budapest Communist Tour

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Total time
1 h 30 min
Meeting point
Budapest Eye Ferris Wheel, on Elisabet square ( Erzsébet tér) next to the fountain. Look for a blue FREE TOUR FLAG.Go to map
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Budapest came out of the Second World War heavily damaged, depopulated, raped and starved. Liberated by the Soviets, Hungary and its capital remained under Moscow’s control for many years to come, finally regaining freedom in 1989.

Our Communist Budapest tour will introduce you to the times of Soviet domination. From the end of the war, through the bloody Hungarian Revolution of 1956, years of so-called “goulash communism” when Hungary was named “the merriest barrack in the Soviet block” up to regaining freedom in 1989. But it will be much more than historical facts. Everyone a bit over 30 in this country remembers the times of communism, so our tour will be a first-hand account of how life looked like behind the Iron Curtain. We will help you understand the issues related to travelling, housing, religious life, education, media, propaganda, sport, healthcare as well as the economy of the era and compare them with the post-Communist situation. The tour will also give you an insight to how local people think and how the communist times affect their attitudes and their behaviour until the present day.

Get ready for a mix of outdoor lecture, sightseeing and personal stories combined to form a fascinating adventure and time travel! 

During this 2-2,5 hour tour, you will see and learn about:

  • Saint Stephen’s Basilica, 

  • The Szabadság (Liberty) square, with the secret exit of a military bunker, 

  • the last standing Soviet war memorial 

  • other symbols of “Soviet friendship”, 

  • 1956 uprising areas, 

  • the bronze bullet memorial,

  • the beautiful Parliament building of Hungary

… and much, much more!

Meeting Point
Budapest Eye Ferris Wheel, on Elisabet square ( Erzsébet tér) next to the fountain. Look for a blue FREE TOUR FLAG.

Booking is obligatory. Walkative! free tours are designed for individual travelers and small groups. In the best interest of our visitors we aim to keep our free tours relatively small. Hence, we cannot accept parties of more than 7 people on our regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please book a Private Tour. For more information please contact us.

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Rated 5.0 out of 5
5 months ago

Garry is an excellent guy…so pitty that so much things of the communist era are now gone…

Communist free tour

Kostas Doulas

A 'Must do' tour in Budapest!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 year ago

Gabor and Agnes were fantastic! We highly recommend this tour – such a fascinating way to engage with the story of Budapest and the people of Hungary. Thanks so much. Arohanui (from NZ)


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